It looks more and more likely that a vaping ban is on the horizon.
There seems to be a ground swell of support in the federal
government for the banning of vaping and its associated products. While there
has been a recent spotlight on vaping related illnesses, it does make sense
that there would be those who oppose it under the guise of a “public health
crisis”. But is this really something the federal government should get involved
Rich Lowery, National Review editor and contributor to Politico Magazine, wrote:
Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude.
Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes.
There has already been steps towards a full-scale ban of
vaping. Just last week, the FDA banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, ostensibly
to keep cigarettes from being attractive to children. San Francisco halted the
sale of vaping products within city limits.
I don’t believe that there are many people alive who don’t
know that cigarette use is horrible for the human body. It is pounded into the
head of most everyone and yet cigarette use has not been extinguished.
Vaping has been a much less dangerous substitute to
cigarettes. Is the government under the illusion that removing a healthier alternative
is the best choice here?
To be fair, vaping probably hasn’t been around long enough
to establish health effect baselines like there is with cigarettes. But it is
hard to argue that it hasn’t, at the very least, reduced the number of smokers
and by extension, the number of individuals succumbing to lung related
diseases. As Lowery points out:
A credible estimate is that e-cigarettes, which involve inhaling a nicotine-infused vapor rather than smoke, are about 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes.
And at this point, it isn’t even clear that normal use
vaping is behind the problems seen recently.
I believe that if there is enough concern at the local and
state levels, they are more than welcome to ban vaping in those areas. But to have
the federal government swoop in and ban it countrywide seems a bit crazy. We
don’t need a nanny state ensuring that everyone makes the right decisions.