USA Today: Mom of teenage delinquent wants FDA to make vaping illegal

USA Today: Mom of teenage delinquent wants FDA to make vaping illegal

America loves its Nanny State regulations, and a recent article in USA Today illustrates this ridiculous concept perfectly.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced the extension of an internal investigation into the allegedly rise in teen vaping in recent years.  In a press announcement last week, much of the FDA’s disgust with the vaping industry seems to be targeted on five major manufacturers - Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic 60. 

Juuling among middle and high school students is rising in popularity.  Few can dispute these claims, but the USA Today article highlights the story of an Ohio mother who seeming supports more aggressive regularity actions against vaping while blaming the Juul organization for her child’s alleged criminal behavior.

“Kelli Cogan says her 15-year-old son was able to get free Juul cartridges online last year by using his father's name and birth name and having them shipped to a different address. The Ohio woman says the company offered to block her husband's name from ordering, but she didn't think that was sufficient.” 

So, let’s get this straight.  Ms. Cogan claims that her teenage son pilfered his father’s credit card without his father or mother knowing.  The teen then went online and purchased a bunch of Juul products illegally.  Since all the majority of online retailers now require age identification of some kind, the reader can safely assume that the teenager also knowingly falsified his age at the time of the purchase by using a fictitious birth date.  Even more alarming, the mischievous youngster had the devious incite to have the Juul items shipped to a third-party address so that neither parent would learn of his illegal actions.

Poor vaping laws or bad parenting?

For the above reasons, Ms. Cogen wants the FDA to ban nicotine, and by extension, vaping devices and flavored e-liquids, one can safely assume by reading the USA Today article.

  • Cogen is essentially blaming the United States government and the FDA for failing to protect her delinquent son from the ability to purchase vaping products online illegally.
  • Cogen is also seemingly blaming the Juul for her son’s poor choices to illegally engage in an activity that is expressly designed and marketed as a tobacco harm reduction tool to help adult smokers quit.
  • Cogen is NOT blaming herself or her spouse for failing to parent her child on the differences between right and wrong.

Google defines the term nanny state as any law or regulation that is “overprotective or as interfering unduly with personal choice.” Ms. Cohen’s stance on the issue of FDA vaping regulations is a perfect example of this term.

Should the American public be forced to do without lifesaving products (vaping devices and e-liquids) that have successfully helped millions of people to quit smoking simply because her teenage son engaged in criminal activities to purchase them?   Should the United States also ban the selling of automobiles if her son just so happened to steal the neighbor’s Mercedes for a joyride around the city?  Or should Ms. Cohen instead focus more on improving her poor parenting skills, and perhaps instill a bit of discipline into her teenage child as a punishment for his illegal and downright criminal behavior. 

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