I consider you all intelligent and capable of thinking for yourselves. Each of you have the power of many that I cannot have alone. I consider the depth and importance you hold with your personal and professional lives. I also consider that YOU have a responsibility, response, and an ability – with the vast outreach you have – to make a difference. I’m going with the theory that we’re all only within “six degrees of separation”.
I understand in order to ask for support, you need facts.
Pardon The Intrusion
“When tobacco use decreases, less smoking occurs.”
Those Damn Kids
Are you a parent? I’ll let you decide if trusted “non-profit” groups like “Tobacco-Free Kids” (created by Johnson & Johnson, makers of smoking “cessation” products and then secretly negotiated with tobacco giant Philip Morris) are marketing cigarettes and e-cigarettes to children here. Or trustworthy. (I’ll wait.)
Remember when the public health community and media claimed e-cigarettes were a “gateway” TO smoking? Huh.
Think about the statement Dr. Gottlieb has made about “marketing to children”. Are you able to exercise your parenting skills? Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the FDA doesn’t think so. Like cigarettes, the law states anyone underage (18 or 21) cannot purchase these NON-tobacco products legally.
What you aren’t being told is these restrictions could lead teenagers back to smoking. The FDA wants to convince the world (whether they smoke or not) using rhetoric, proof by assertion, pseudoscience sound bytes and the ever-popular “Think of the children™ that e-cigarettes are “just as dangerous” as smoking. They’re not. While I’ll try not to bore you, there is data, science and research (and links within this blog). There is no doubt.
The struggle is real
Why aren’t “approved” nicotine patches and gums being passed out to teens like candy? I’m saying, and I’ll keep saying it: “If “children” are already smoking, they’re smokers regardless of age.” I’ll direct you to Shiela Vakharia’s statement below.
Smoking or not
I was told “stop smoking” since I was old enough to get caught smoking! I was told it was “nicotine“. It’s not. Have you ever caught a child stealing nicotine patches to feed their “addiction”?
Can you imagine
FDA will always promote science based decision making…”
~Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.
Here’s Dr. Gottlieb and his sidekick Mitch “Zippy” Zeller – of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration exerting their
arrogance mental “cognitive dissonance” disorder.
In the process of regulation, restrictions, taxes and bans, Dr. Gottlieb is going to encumber 10 Million smokers, and millions more who may choose to purchase them as an alternative to smoking based on “attitudes, beliefs and intentions“.
The Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration…. what?
Dr. GottLIEb feels the need to use the word “convincingly”.
I’ve got another word: Manipulation.
Added November 8th, 2018:
So much for an “epidemic” via the retail sector.
“During this past summer, 96.7% of the retailers passed FDA-sponsored compliance checks by not selling an e-cigarette to an underage youth.”
This is 16.7% ABOVE federal guidelines.
“The Real Cost”
Fear is a lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power.
They released this comprehensive explanation today:
“We believe that even if youth use were increasing, it is still a public health benefit – provided that use of smoking products continues to fall.”
It isn’t just me. Oliver Kershaw also explains it here:
“Treating the symptom, not the cause – is never an effective outcome.”
This, from Diane Caruana – goes right along with what I said above.
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