Multiple reports state that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to ban all Juul vaping products. In the long term, this will undoubtedly do more harm than good.
E-cigarettes, also known as vaping, were introduced in the United States in 2007. Millions have used them since 2007 to replace cigarettes (95 percent less dangerous).
Contrary to the far more dangerous combustible tobacco cigarettes, vaping devices do not contain nicotine or any other chemicals known to cause cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that these products contain an “e-liquid” which may contain nicotine. There are also varying compositions for flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other ingredients. To create an aerosol, the liquid is heated and inhaled.
Why would FDA ban Juul? According to the FDA, Juul and vaping products pose a serious risk to American teens.
Let’s go back to 2019. The so-called “teen vaping epidemic”? The mainstream media reported that teens were dying from vaping products like Juul. This was media fearmongering at its worst.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eventually admitted, “We do not yet know the specific cause of these lung injuries. The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.”
The CDC dropped another bombshell. “Based on initial data…We know: Most patients reported a history of using e-cigarettes containing THC. ”
The epidemic of lung injuries among teenagers in the summer of 2019 was not caused by legal vaping devices or related products
Nevertheless, the events of the summer of 2019 sparked a backlash against vaping companies, especially Juul. In short order, flavored pods were banned because they allegedly appealed to teenagers. Some states also upped the age requirement to buy vaping devices to 21.
These flavor restrictions were only for Juul’s closed-pod system devices. You still have the option to buy any flavor you want in an open pod system device.
Many vapers prefer the closed pod system even though it is more expensive, it is more convenient than open vape systems and doesn’t require maintenance like the open vapes.
The FDA might be dropping the hammer on Juul. Juul is the original vaping brand that was popularized in 2010 when it introduced its closed pod system.
The FDA should not ban products like Juul just as it should not ban sugar-laden cereals or fat-filled donuts. At what point do we the American people say enough is enough?