Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois joins a long line of misguided Democrats in an anti-vaping campaign that could potentially lead to millions more smoking-related deaths in the United States. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal are often seen on the airwaves blasting e-liquid flavors and making unfounded accusations that teen vaping acts as a gateway to smoking addiction later in life.
The truth is that there is absolutely no evidence to support these outrageous claims. How could there be? The vaping phenomenon has only taken place over the past five years or so, and the scientific community cannot even begin to test this theory until this alleged teenage population enters adulthood. Furthermore, even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published statistics year after year indicating that smoking rates in America are on a steady decline.
Yet, the Democrats keep spreading these outlandish stories while pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to abolish the sales of flavored e-liquids based on this ridiculous premise. Sen. Dick Durbin is now one of them. The below statement appears on his website.
“We have made great progress in convincing kids not to start smoking cigarettes. They know that cigarettes kill and that, nowadays, it’s hard to find someplace where smoking cigarettes is even allowed. But, I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ cooked up by Big Tobacco to hook a new generation. Unfortunately, kids don’t understand that e-cigarettes are highly addictive, harmful to their developing brains, and can lead to a lifetime of tobacco addiction. These products, especially flavors that shamelessly appeal to kids, are doing more harm than good.”
In 2014, Dick Durbin organized a group of Senate Democrats to sign an aggressive anti-vaping letter to the then-Commissioner of the FDA in which he calls flavored e-liquids “candy-flavored poisons.” Today, his tactics to potentially eradicate the vaping industry are becoming even more diabolical. Somehow, he has seemingly convinced a number of high-profile Republicans to join his evil tirade. Durbin’s proposed SAFE Kids Act is being co-sponsored by Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska among others.
Are Dick Durbin’s attacks on vaping the best use of taxpayer dollars?
Which brings us to Donald Trump. Now, love him or hate him, one cannot discount the fact that his administration is running rampant with corruption. There’s the multitude of scandals surrounding the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt who’s being accused of spending taxpayer dollars on everything from soundproof telephone booths to an old mattress from a Trump Hotel.
There’s the whole Russian Collusion debate that has overshadowed the Trump presidency from before he even entered office. Trump’s Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is currently on trial for allegations of money laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, and even conspiracy to coordinate against the United States with a foreign adversary.
There are flagrant violations of the Emoluments Acts which prevents American presidents from profiting from their position, all of which need to be reviewed by congressional oversight. And within the next few weeks, we will be facing one of the most controversial votes to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice in American history.
The point is: There are a hundreds if not thousands of more important things that both Republicans and Democrats can and should be doing in Washington, DC. Overthrowing the vaping industry – which is proven to be a significant advancement for public health – should not be one of them.