Vaping not smoking – It is different!
What is different, if you have been wondering, then my answer would be smoking and vaping! How many times have you faced this query, and have landed in frustration explaining people the difference? Well, in this regard, it is important to note that the government itself wishes to have labels on vaping products and notify them as tobacco products to keep minors in a safe zone.
So, now the question that I have is, are we actually a society that needs to specify products that we have inhaled and whether they are all same or not? Also, quite shockingly, we support legislations that ensure such vaping products would not be sold to youngsters over the counter and categorize those as tobacco products.
So, in this process, quite unwittingly we support the government resulting in, to a certain extent, degenerating the original reason of introducing vapes in market.
Paradigms reflecting actual scenario associated with this context
As per recent reports framed by Ingham County Health Department, Michigan special efforts are being taken for categorization of vaping products as pro-tobacco products and therefore, reduce their consistent demand. Well, on paper this may sound excellent, since to a great extent, this keeps minors away from regular smoking tendencies.
But the question arises, what now? Given that E-cigarettes have absolutely no connection with tobacco, and where its health effects are debatable to a great extent, this manner of classification absolutely has no value associated with it. Also, the only product that can be said to be remotely present in this device is nicotine, which again is not present in all E-liquids. Therefore, it can be stated that this whole process largely falls flat and the government or people, in general, have no such solution in hand!
Now can you understand why this concept of blanket labeling of tobacco products could fail to a great extent? If you ask for solutions, the only option left is specific categorization of vaping products and ensuring that they are not confused with tobacco products.
Blanket labeling a failure: Detailed explanation
Getting to core of this problem, we have to take up case studies and issues that have been raised by Matthew Kirkpatrick, in regards to a bill drafted by Ingham County Health Department. He stated that this blanket categorization process would publicize vaping products in a negative light.
Vaping of E-liquids is a process that considerably helps in quitting smoking and with this specific blanket being placed, a major contradiction will arise. So, the best way is to place such vaping products in a completely different category as vaping devices and then certain regulations be placed on them.
Regulation can be such that, minors would not be permitted to use this product and this to a great extent would help in popularizing this product in a correct manner.
The point missed – vaping or tobacco products
What has not been highlighted in this case is that this differentiation is making space for intense amount of taxation on these products, prior to getting proof of its harm. However, Ingham County health official, Linda Vail considers it to be an argument in regards to Semantics.
It is a governmental agenda of placing tax on vaping products, shielding it under tobacco products, since in case of any other format, it would be considered as ‘semantics.’ So, what is important is to understand this issue and stand up against any format of extra tax payment.