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tobacco

8 petitions

Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Stephen Lynch, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Charlie Baker

It's Time to Address the Smoking Epidemic

There is an epidemic affecting every community and, indirectly, every person in this country. That epidemic is known as tobacco. Some statistics about this epidemic directly from the website of the World Health Organization are below: Tobacco kills up to half of its users. Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Nearly 80% of the world's more than 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/) If there was a disease that killed up to half of the infected, the government would be in a panic attempting to stop it. In fact, smallpox, which was declared exterminated in the United States in 1949, only had a death rate of about 3 out of 10 infected.  (https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/about/index.html) Let's look at some other statistics from the CDC: "From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids." (https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/overdose.html) Why am I bringing up opioids? Because, it is one of the major issues in the United States political climate and almost everyone that it has to be swiftly and effectively dealt with.  What about tobacco? "Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day." (https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/). I don't think that those statistics need to be explained. In five years, smoking can kill more people who haven't smoked than opioids have killed between 1999 and 2015. I do not intend on trivializing the opioid epidemic, I am simply using it as a reference point. Something needs to be done about this, and it needs to be done now. However, I am not suggesting we simply make use of these products illegal. That will not fix the problem and may even cause greater problems. Rather, I suggest that the government immediately bans all forms of tobacco products that are not pure in tobacco content. From there, the government can distribute nicotine patches and other aid for tobacco users and then finally ban tobacco.  I would like to dedicate this petition to those who have suffered, directly or indirectly, from the tobacco epidemic, whether an addict, family member, or a friend.

Aidan Leahy
61 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Reject the FDA's Deeming of Vapor Products as Tobacco Products

Soon Congress will be presented with regulations proposing to deem electronic cigarettes and other vapor products as tobacco products, bringing them within the regulatory control of the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. We, the members of the vaping community, including users of vapor products, current and ex smokers, concerned citizens, and friends and family of those whose lives have been or could be changed by vapor products, urge you to reject the proposed deeming regulations. The classification of vapor products as tobacco products is tenuous at best. While some vapor products do contain nicotine, many do not, and this is where the link to tobacco ends. The goal of the FSPTCA is to minimize the effects of tobacco on public health. In 1976 Professor Michael Russell wrote: “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.”1 Vapor products are free of tobacco, contain no tar, and are not combusted and as such are orders of magnitude less potentially harmful than combustible tobacco.2  In fact, more recent studies that look at nicotine, absent tobacco smoke, show that nicotine is possibly not addictive and could have potential health benefits related to treating Parkinson’s symptoms and staving off Alzheimer’s.3 The Federal government and each state have spent hundreds of millions over decades attempting to discourage people from smoking cigarettes. We now have a viable alternative to tobacco products that could do just that, through tobacco harm reduction. This life changing technology has the potential to accomplish what Tobacco Control has failed to do for the past fifty years, unless it is smothered in its infancy. Vapor products, as a recreational consumer good, have the potential to replace combustible tobacco, keeping millions from potential tobacco related illnesses. According to recent CDC surveys, in the time frame that vapor products have been available, smoking rates in the United States have plummeted to an all time low.4 However, if vapor products are subjected to the same strict regulatory control intended to minimize harm from tobacco products, they could be rendered ineffectual due to the stifling nature of those regulations.5 By rejecting the classification of vapor products as tobacco products we can: 1              Protect access to flavors, which are an integral part of the vapor experience.6 2              Protect access to online sales that allow consumers to procure the equipment and e-liquids that are best suited for their needs. 3              Protect access to all nicotine concentrations, which allow the consumer to tailor their experience to their needs which could range from higher concentrations to aid in transitioning from smoking to nicotine free for enjoyment and maintenance. 4              Protect access to open, reusable container systems that are more cost effective and environmentally friendly. 5             Allow for the continued innovation and refinement of products currently on the market. Vapor products are not tobacco products, they are a safer alternative to tobacco products which may or may not contain nicotine. Vapor products are also a driving force behind thousands of small and medium businesses across the country, creating jobs and feeding the economy, many of which will not survive the exorbitant fee structure of tobacco product approval that has kept the cigarette market in the hands of only the major tobacco companies. The vapor product industry has already gained ground in self regulation by the formation of industry trade groups, and through the active involvement of the consumers.7 Instead of relegating vapor products to tobacco control, a new category of product regulation can be implemented, one that could inspire innovation along with public health and safety. The best way to protect this life altering technology is to not place it under the auspices of the FSPTCA, by not deeming vapor products as tobacco products. #vaporisnottobacco Cited References 1                     http://www.bmj.com/content/1/6023/1430.full.pdf+html 2                     http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/4/3439 3                     http://discovermagazine.com/2014/march/13-nicotine-fix 4                     http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1126-adult-smoking.html 5                     http://blog.casaa.org/2014_04_01_archive.html 6                     http://vaping.com/data/big-survey-2014-initial-findings-eliquid 7                     CASAA.org   AEMSA.org   SFATA.org Additional Resources: http://notblowingsmoke.org http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/research/research-2015/210-ald http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2015/05/28/research-behind-giving-cigarettes-qa-leading-expert-peter-hajek/ http://mnvapers.com/2014/04/epa-fda-vapor-harmless-children/ http://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/research/research-2013/135-evaluation-of-the-cytotoxic http://www.casaa.org/Clinical_Research.html http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/18/abstract http://www.ecigalternative.com/ecigarette-studies-research.htm http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2015/05/real-experts-e-cigarettes.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110871/?report=classic  

Les Leung
61,796 supporters