Big tobacco companies do not want the e-cig market to continue growing anymore!
There is still much controversy about e-cigarettes and whether they should be regulated or banned or flavours should be banned, whether there should be similar laws about where you can vape and where you can't, as with traditional cigarettes. The politicians have jumped on this bandwagon, it seems, for reasons of money from the big tobacco companies that do not want the e-cig market to continue growing and they do not want people to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
Politicians, specifically Senator Durbin and friends, are touting all sorts of crazy information that is not proven nor do the scientific facts even give any basis for their claims. Such as claiming that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, claiming that studies show students were more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes and less likely to quit smoking if they used e-cigarettes. The JAMA Pediatrics paper that they are touting about does not show this evidence whatsoever, in fact it is very likely that e-cigarette users are more resistant smokers of vapour only. So they are basically lying to the public and twisting the findings for their own agendas.
The worst of this, not only are they lying to the general public, but they are attempting to put many vaping shops out of business using this lie. Using the report that they have and the lies that they are telling, they sent a letter to the FDA calling for an immediate ban on e-cigarette flavours because they think this will stop the younger generation from vaping, or starting to vape. This type of ban would put thousands of vaping shops out of business immediately. And it will eliminate the majority of e-cigarettes on the market. This would actually cause no variation in the ingredients of e-liquids, every brand would be the same. There would be no competition whatsoever. This would cause thousands of people to be out of jobs, from the mom and pop vaping shop to the manufacturers of e-liquids having to reduce employees if they are only making one type of e-liquid. If you are going to put thousands upon thousands of people out of work, it should not be based on a lie.
Understandably there is going to be controversy about something that threatens the market of very large companies who have enjoyed their majority shares of profits for many years. That is what capitalism is all about. But to have politicians and others trying to pass laws and bans and restrictive guidelines about something based on lies is horrible unjust. It is gross bribery of the political influence. There should be no legal actions until there are concrete studies that provide the true information about vaping.