New poll suggests Americans are ‘fed up’ with anti-vaping politicians

During his two-year tenure as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb spent an inordinate amount of time blasting teen vaping as a national epidemic. As time progressed, politicians on Capitol Hill began chiming in with their own anti-vaping rhetoric, often floating conspiracy theories claiming that vaping is a gateway to smoking.  In reality, the data indicates the opposite.  As e-cigarettes become more publicly available, youngsters’ perceptions about smoking are growing increasingly more negative.

When the FDA announced that it would soon be banning the sales of flavored vapor products through conventional brick-and-mortar establishments and maybe even online, vape advocates immediately shot back.  Why should convenience stores be allowed to keep selling Big Tobacco cigarettes when vaping purchases are prohibited?

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answer to this very valid argument is to propose new legislation that will raise the legal purchasing age of both tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21.  Yes, Good Ole’ Mitch wants to make underage vaping a federal crime.

Never tell Americans NOT to do ANYTHING

According to a newly released poll published by the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), Americans are simply growing angrier with politicians telling them how to live their lives.  During the first two weeks of March 2019, CCC officials interviewed some 8,166 adults living in four different countries – The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.  The main purpose of the poll was to determine the public’s perceptions regarding the effects of government regulatory actions on the respective vaping industries.   

The Consumer Choice Center poll indicates that three times as many respondents are simply “fed up” with the government interfering in their personal lives and life choices in general.   When it comes to e-cigarette regulations and anti-vaping lawmakers specifically, the numbers are even more revealing.

  • Two-thirds of all respondents and 69% of Americans believe that that they should have the right to buy vaping products if they are using them as a tobacco harm reduction aid.
  • 69% of Americans and 71% overall believe that legislation banning e-cigarettes is a prime example of government over-regulation.
  • Seven in ten of all respondents and 65% of Americans believe that purchasing vapor products should be legal in cities or nations where the purchasing of combustible tobacco products is also legal.
  • 63% of U.S. consumers and 66% overall believe that policy makers should first consult with consumer rights’ organizations before restricting access or outright banning vapor products.
  • 69% of respondents overall and in America-only believe that legislators should spend more time talking with consumers before even considering the proposal of new regulatory actions or bans on vaping products.
  • Ten times as many people agree than disagree that politicians should refrain from regulating “lifestyle choices.” Presumably, this question also refers to vaping and other technological gadgetry.
  • The CCC says that their polling results have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

If the CCC poll is accurate, then it appears as if the anti-vaping rhetoric constantly spewing from the mouths of politicians and public health officials is having the reverse intended effect.  Instead of convincing people to stay away from vaping, it’s simply annoying them off instead.  And one thing any parent knows is to never tell teenagers NOT to do anything – because that’s the very first thing that they’ll do.

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