Today there is simply no arguing with the ever increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes, and since they were first introduced on the American market back in 2006, these devices went from selling only a few thousand items in the first months to almost $2 billion in sales. There is no smoke with e-cigarettes and, most importantly none of the carcinogens that make combustible tobacco so hazardous to our health. But the ecig market is still unregulated and until a strong point of view and some clear guidelines come from the Food and Drug Administration, state legislators struggle to keep this matter in their own hands. And how better do to this, than by treating these devices with fear or as a source of extra revenue and ignoring actual scientific evidence. This ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach is leaving hundreds of thousands of smokers willing to quit without a viable alternative that might make their lives a lot easier.
Such is the case of Michigan, where Governor Richard Dale “Rick” Snyder (politician, accountant and business executive) decided to veto three bills regarding the regulation of electronic cigarettes because they simply didn’t go far enough on restricting the devices. We are talking of course about and House Bill 4997 and Senate Bills 667 and 668 to which Michigan’s 48 Governor wanted to make a clear point that he won’t vote any legislation that doesn’t put ecigs under the same umbrella as regular tobacco products.
Sponsored by former state Sen. Glenn Anderson, Sen. Rick Jones and state Rep. Rick Outman, the bills would have excepted all nicotine delivery alternatives (including electronic cigarettes) from the definition of tobacco items and this way stopping them from being regulated under the State’s tobacco law.
E-cigarettes are devices powered by a battery that use a heating element often called an atomizer to heat up and vaporizer a flavored e-liquid into a nicotine infused inhalable mist. While the vapor does contain nicotine (the same drug found in tobacco leaves that gets people hooked on) electronic cigarettes don’t contain any tobacco. Besides this, they also don’t light up and don’t generate any smoke, tar or ash. Understanding this principle makes it clear enough that special regulations need to be enforced for these devices and treating them the same way as tobacco is incorrect.
For the best interest of the public, Gov. Rick Snyder believes thinks ecigs should be regulated under the same tobacco law, because people should be aware of the dangers of smoking.
At the same time, a number of surveys showed that e-cigarettes don’t act as a gateway to smoking and they don’t get people addicted to nicotine just to make them use combustible tobacco products in the future. All the people using e-cigs are already aware of the dangers of smoking – this is the main reason they have made the switch to these devices in the first place.
The other concern that they might be sold to minors is also more of a myth than a reality, because the wide majority of vendors don’t sell these types of products to people under the legal age by default. This is a common sense practice for almost all vape shops.