WASHINGTON — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative tobacco products, allowing the industry to survive — even thrive — for generations to come.

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  • The only addiction I see here is TAXES. If these hypocrites actually gave a crap about “public health” they would outright ban cigarettes and be done with it. I smoke, but I would support the idea. E-Cigs would be a good temporary alternative until people could quit that, too. But again, the gooberment is too addicted to tax revenue to even entertain such an idea, because, as always, they are disingenuous, greedy, two faced hypocrites!

  • So, given this theory, the FDA should water down alcohol too. I find it highly doubtful that more people die every year from tobacco, than alcohol. I would imagine tobacco is a little higher from a health complication standpoint. However, if you include “alcohol related” deaths (i.e. Car Accidents, Murders, Accidents, etc.), I bet tobacco won’t even come close. Also, there are worse things than death. I wonder how many people’s lives were destroyed from their parent or relative being an alcoholic. A good majority of all domestic violence incidents are related to alcohol. So, you can’t even point to the “second-hand smoke” argument. No one is saying that smoking isn’t a bad thing. However, this war against smoking, by citing its impact on life and health, is laughable. How can we be in a world where they are discussing passing legislation to force people to stop smoking, but are also passing legislation to legalize the smoking of another substance (marajuana)?!?!? They are right. There is “no safe cigarette”, but there are also numerous equal killers in most of the food that is available, alcohol, “illegal” drugs, and even the air in high traffic and industrial areas. So, instead of making “cigarettes” the villain, we should look at the real problem, which is “addiction” as a whole. THAT is what these things have in common.

    If you really want to attack what is killing everyone, then you really should focus all the attention on pharmaceuticals. THAT is the industry that goes out of their way to lie to its “customer base” on its safety. Coincidentally, its also the industry that contributes the most campaign contributions and employs former politicians once they no longer have a career in politics.

  • I smoked a pack and a half a day and tried to vape but it made me twitch and have muscle spasms. I said F it and went cold turkey. Trading one habit for another is not a quit.

  • Reducing the nicotine per cigarette only makes you smoke more individual cigarettes to make up the deficit. Banning ecigs was a flagrant way to keep the smokers smoking and paying those huge taxes. If heroin can get government substitutes such as methadone why are smokers not afforded the same benefit? Taxes, there are no revenues from heroin.

  • Anti smokers has snuffed out ecigs . They are not the same as real cigs. They are banned in most airports. Some places charges as much or more for ecigs than real cigs. I have seen many hardcore smokers stop smoking using ecigs. Its a shame we live in a wolrd that bans products without so much a study?
    Isnt the smoke that emits from e cigs also the same smoke used in fog machines at concerts? Isnt the same fog they use in ecigs also used on commercial airplanes ? Dont they use this same fog that is sooooo dangerous at Disneyworld and Disneywolrd in their props? I think it is. You must ban all fog machines also!
    I truly hope they give ecigs a chance. I use zero nicotine in my ecig.

    • I smoked 4 packs a day for 28 years and quit in literally one day after I bough a real vape. By “real” I mean a proper device and liquid, and not one of those convenience store things designed to let you smoke at the bar for an evening. I have been cigarette free for 4 years now and have never looked back. During my first year I would have one on the first of every month. Each time was the same. I’d ask myself “Why in the heck did I do this??!!”, and I’d pick my vape back up.

  • Article written by folks who don’t know squat about cigarettes or vaping or e-cigarettes. I vape and I don’t know anyone who vapes and smoke cigarettes, Vapists typically fear tobacco. e-cigarettes are a somewhat different matter.

  • Here are politicians that have a conflict of interest with tobacco legislation.
    1 Tillis, Thom (R-NC) Senate $48,450
    2 Kaine, Tim (D-VA) Senate $38,350
    3 Nelson, Bill (D-FL) Senate $25,300
    4 Holding, George (R-NC) House $19,193
    5 Strange, Luther (R-AL) Senate $19,000
    6 McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) House $18,100
    7 Rouzer, David (R-NC) House $16,400
    8 Aderholt, Robert B (R-AL) House $16,000
    9 Kesto, Klint (R-MI) $13,500
    10 Ryan, Paul (R-WI) House $11,800
    11 Cole, Tom (R-OK) House $11,750
    12 Scalise, Steve (R-LA) House $11,250
    13 Heller, Dean (R-NV) Senate $11,000
    14 Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) House $10,700
    15 Comstock, Barbara (R-VA) House $10,200
    16 Valadao, David (R-CA) House $10,000
    16 McHenry, Patrick (R-NC) House $10,000
    16 Sessions, Pete (R-TX) House $10,000
    16 Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) House $10,000
    16 Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL) House $10,000

  • This won’t work if tobacco companies continue to use flu-cured, or fire-cured, tobacco. Natural tobacco, and tobacco cured in other ways, doesn’t have many carcinogens; it is the heat curing, which gives cigarettes their unique taste, which produces so many carcinogens.

    Otherwise, this project would be very doable. The oral and nasal tobacco products don’t have these carcinogens, and scientists have been trying to prove these products cause cancer, with little luck.

    Should something like this be done? It certainly shouldn’t be liberals making these decisions. The reason they hate tobacco is that it is only drug known to man to make its users smarter and more alert without making them into nervous wrecks.

    • It took me 3 hard years to get rid of tobacco addiction, after smoking Camels for 40 years. I vape now and have to get off of that. But tobacco has much more in it than just nicotine. I know this from hard experience. Very difficult to get off it. Nicotine maybe harder.

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