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Threats and the cult of vaping

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I have never threatened anyone, but I can understand the rage towards Chris Chapman's view that electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquids should be regulated as medicines. Firstly, medicinal regulation is onerous, and many products that are produced and sold by small-medium businesses who can't afford lengthy and expensive clinical trials will cease to exist in the market. There is a large variability in vaping products to fit a diversity of smokers, all of who are each individuals who require specific vaping product combinations to stay off smoking. Every smokers smokes their cigarettes differently, and hence a large variety of vaping products are required. This is why small-businesses are now dominating the market. This is why Big Tobacco firms have now officially lost control of the e-cigarette market according to Wells Fargo. Regulating e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids as medicinal products will cut out 99% of the variation, leaving inefficient products such as e-cigaretes that look like tobacco cigarettes (cigalikes) and which are produced by large tobacco corporations who would much rather you purchase their tobacco cigarettes. Medical regulation would be the death of the e-cigarette market, and a life-saver for the tobacco cigarette industry. Secondly, On principle itself, vaping products are not medicinal. Smoking causes disease, but Smoking is not a disease. Medicinal regulation has been successfully challenged in several national courts around the globe for this very reasoning. When Chris Chapman stubbornly holds onto the view that vaping products are medicinal products, he is not arguing on principle. I present this simple argument to Chris Chapman: Summarised here: http://i.imgur.com/mTQ7C29.jpg If healthier foods and diet sodas are not considered medicines to their respective high calorie counterparts, then why does Chris Chapman consider electronic cigarettes to be medicinal compared to tobacco cigarettes? If Chris Chapman simply ignores, or block people when he is confronted with such arguments, then he deserves to be criticised.

Posted date

27 SEP 2014

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17:14

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