Thursday, August 11, 2016

Infamy!

December 7, 1941 - a day that will live in infamy. Roughly 3000 sailors, soldiers, marines, and civilians were killed when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
Another day that will live in infamy? August 8, 2016. That's when the FDA implemented their over-reaching, unconstitutional Deeming Regulations on vapor products.
Many will be outraged by this comparison. I don't blame them. I'm having a rough time writing it. Please read on...
It is estimated, by one of the FDA's own reports, that vapor products could save the lives of 21% (or more) of current smokers, if given the opportunity to switch. It is further estimated that 1 in 5 Americans still smoke (20%). The current population of the US is roughly 319 million. 20% of 319 million is a bit over 63 million. 21% of 63 million is around 13 million.
13 million people that do not have to die of cancer and heart disease and COPD and emphysema.
13 MILLION people that FDA has condemned to a slow, miserable, painful, expensive death.
The FDA claims that they're doing it to save the children... to protect youth. Yet, youth smoking has plummeted! Even if this was not the case, the there are estimated to be 23 million youth (12-17) in the US. Of that 23 million, 7% are smoking. That's 1.6 million youth.
Yet the FDA is willing to throw 13 million Americans under the proverbial bus to potentially save 1.6 million youth. Simultaneously, they are removing one of the more effective cessation methods from the market, jeopardizing their chances of quitting in the future as well as avoiding much of the damage they might be inflicting on themselves, now.
How much damage? 95% according to the Royal College of Physicians. The very same agency that spoke up on the dangers of smoking years before the FDA got the message.
I'm not making any of this up. These are real facts and figures from real sources that any literate person with Internet access, and a calculator can put together.
Do your own research if you do not believe me... then call your representative and ask them to save the lives of more than 13000000 Americans - young and old - from a slow, painful, and apparently needless death. Tell them that they can do so by supporting HR2058 and the Cole-Bishop amendment.

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