Another dark day for vaping in America as Washington State rubber stamps a vape ban, the First Lady meets with child anti-vape ‘activists’, and a union calls for vapes on planes to be banned.
There was also a huge ‘child led’ anti-vape protest outside JUUL’s DC offices to demonstrate not only against that controversial brand – but e-cigarettes and flavours in general.
Incidentally, that particular protest featured a young lady screaming from the rooftops that vaping kills, whilst admitting to using THC cartridges before her illness…more on that in a moment 😉
As I said last week, you really can’t take your eye off the ball as to what’s happening over the pond regarding vaping these days – things are moving fast.
Let’s put it this way, the runaway anti-vape steam train might appear to have slowed down here and there, but behind the scenes they really are stoking the engine.
OK, let’s break the latest situation in America into manageable chunks, starting with the flavour ban in Washington State.
Washington State Flavour Ban Imposed
Despite at times passionate and angry pleas from vapers and vaping businesses, the Washington State Board of Health signed off on the Governor’s emergency flavour ban order.
That order begins today and will run for 120 days, however, and as I reported a couple of weeks ago, the emergency measures are a prelude to a possible – some say probable – full vape ban starting early next year.
The board heard from 60 pro-vapers but were unswayed by emotional and compelling arguments with John Wiesman, Washington’s secretary of the Department of Health voting for the ban adding:
We are losing another generation to nicotine.
The ban means:
- Immediately ban any ingredients or sources that are found to be a cause of this acute lung illness; and
- Work together to draft Governor-request legislation for 2020 that will ban all flavored vapor products; require disclosure of ingredients in vapor products; increase regulatory oversight; limit bulk sales; expand the educational campaign; and clarify the Department of Health’s authority in situations like this where there is a harm or risk to the public but the specific cause of that harm is unknown.
- Immediately take whatever steps they can to warn consumers of the risks, encourage health care providers to report all suspected cases, and expand their educational campaign to increase awareness around the dangers of vaping.
It is unclear what the ‘punishments’ are for anyone caught selling any flavoured product.
Following the ruling, Governor Jay Inslee said:
I am pleased the State Board of Health agrees we cannot wait to act on this very important public health issue.
It comes down to protecting the health of Washingtonians, especially young people.
These emergency rules will help protect public health and save lives.
In a final act of rubbing salt in the wounds, any vape shops able to stay in business and open after this ruling, must also display warning signs of the risks of buying illegal THC cartridges – which is insulting to say the least.
Especially when the opening line simple states “vapor products” – it’s only the second line that mentions illicit THC cartridges.
FLOTUS Links Vaping To Drug Abuse
For the past 3+ years the First Lady Of the US [FLOTUS] has been floating around looking more like a clothes horse for designer labels than taking on or promoting any real issues.
Most president’s wives take up at least one campaign or project to work tirelessly for – Clinton for instance tackled [and screwed up] health care whilst Melania, it appears, is tackling vaping.
Not only that but Mrs Trump appears to be taking a leaf out of Nancy Reagan’s playbook who coined the famous phrase ‘Just Say No’ – to drugs that is.
Incidentally it was her husband, one time B Movie actor Ronnie, that first used the phrase Make America Great Again…and they say Trump doesn’t recycle lol.
OK, just last week Melania called out vaping companies for ‘marketing to kids’ – no evidence of course, but I guess she’s appealing to the soccer mom anti-vape zealots out there.
She told the media:
..it is important to me that we all work to educate children and families about the dangers associated with this habit.
Marketing this addictive product to children must stop.
She added her trips to hospitals had shown:
The horrible results of drug abuse.
And pledged to:
…continue to address addiction as long as it affects our children, our youth and our schools.
I guess tackling the HUGE increase in meth and opioid addictions isn’t cool or on point enough, so she’s of course riding the current wave of vape hysteria.
Yesterday she welcomed a bunch of kids to the White House, all of whom are ‘extremely concerned’ about the so called ‘vape epidemic’ among their peers.
The kids come from the Truth Initiative – a nonprofit organization tackling tobacco addiction.
Now this is where you might wanna pop on your tinfoil hat…
The Truth Innovative was created through Tobacco Master Settlement cash – so it figures IF vaping outsells lit tobacco [which it is starting to do] then it naturally follows the TI would receive considerably LESS cash.
Me a cynic?
Thank you to the @truthinitiative teens for joining me today & sharing your experiences w/ vaping. It exposed just how invasive these dangerous products have become in our schools & communities. I’m listening & will continue tackling this important issue. #BeBest pic.twitter.com/O5lHwTMPvb
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 9, 2019
Anyway, after meeting with the anti-vaping kids, Mrs Trump tweeted:
Thank you to the @truthinitiative teens for joining me today & sharing your experiences w/ vaping.
It exposed just how invasive these dangerous products have become in our schools & communities.
I’m listening & will continue tackling this important issue.
Just how she’s going to tackle this ‘important issue’ isn’t clear – and given the Donald is also confused as to how to tackle the big issue of vaping – things as they say will only get cloudier.
For the record I’ve also learned the First Lady was wearing a Prada dress…an outfit she’d also worn a couple of weeks ago…important stuff apparently…
Call To Ban Vapes On Planes
As the land battle on the war on vaping in America gathers momentum, the anti-vape brigade are now calling for total air dominance.
The Flight Attendant Union says the risk of an e-cigarette catching fire could have ‘disastrous consequences’ and wants the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] to ban them immediately.
Of 265 battery incidents reported to the FAA, sources say at least 48 have been directly linked to e-cig batteries.
The union says this is due to the ‘cheaper lithium-ion batteries’ used in vape devices, that are more likely to catch fire than those found in other electronic devices such as cell phones or laptops.
President of the trolley dolly union…ooops sorry I of course meant Flight Attendant Association, Sara Nelson said:
A lithium ion battery fire on a plane can be catastrophic.
How about we just not have these e-cigarettes on the plane at all?
However, Mark Millam of the Flight Safety Foundation, said there was not enough information on the safety of vape batteries to enforce a ban adding:
A ban could happen when there is the right information that’s understood about it.
The FAA said it already had clear guidelines for batteries on planes and passed the buck saying:
…because of the wide variety of battery issues that can occur, it is important that airlines have the flexibility to assess and address the risks involved in each individual situation.
In other words if any of the individual airlines wants to ban vape batteries…no worries…watch this air-space…
Kids Protest Vaping Outside JUUL Offices
A teenager who admits to using THC cartridges was front and centre of an anti-vaping protest held in Washington DC this week.
18-year-old Piper Johnson was among the protestors taking part in the National Day of Action against vaping.
Under the hashtag #DITCHJUUL the ‘kids’ were calling for their peers to stop vaping immediately and the day in DC featured:
…pep rally-style bands and mascots and the truth DJ truck.
Time to pop on your tin foil hats again, because yeah you’ve guessed it – the event was organized by the Truth Initiative lol – see above.
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) October 9, 2019
Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative said:
We hear story after story from teens and young adults whose lives have been devastated by e-cigarettes.
No one knows all the long or short-term health effects of vaping, and America’s youth are making it clear with this week’s rallies that they’ll no longer allow e-cigarette manufacturers like JUUL to treat their generation like lab rats for unregulated products.
But hey keep America smoking and make sure your ‘nonprofit’ coffers are filled by Big Tobacco year after year.
Me a cynic?
So to young Piper who says she used JUUL and pods that were not the JUUL brand as well as a number of disposable devices.
It’s only later in the interview – much later and almost a throwaway line, that she admits to vaping on THC cartridges.
It appears it was only then she became ill.
Imagine my shock.
After being rushed to hospital with chest pains, Piper was diagnosed with pneumonia and thankfully has fully recovered.
She told the media:
We were all convinced it was safe.
It’s so common and widespread, it’s ridiculous.
Nope, what’s ridiculous is vaping on contaminated illegally street bought THC cartridges.
And what’s even MORE ridiculous is using these dope vaping kids to condemn vaping in general.
BTW, as you can see – the kids were encouraged to chalk graffiti on the sidewalks, hardly a responsible thing to do.
But hey as a parent I’m the type to have educated my son – if he was their age – on the facts and NOT scare stories around vaping.
[Given we had ‘chats’ when he was younger, he’s never vaped or smoked in his life]
Global Warming and the Vaping Panic – Adults Scaring Kids Shitless
It’s all a bit like this global warming panic the kids are becoming infected by.
It’s the adults and those sinister nonprofits from both camps that are creating an epidemic of FEAR among children.
And that is unforgivable.
BTW, it’s not just the kids caught up in this vaping hysteria.
Take this grown woman who’s never vaped or smoked in her life, but in this video says walking past a vaper just once meant…
She was taken to hospital with pneumonia….yeah really…
*bangs head on desk*
Omg ?? I needed that laugh at this time of day in my stressful office! FML https://t.co/N1TNkKlKVp
— Jennifer Winstead (@eJuicefairy) October 9, 2019
Holy shit almighty – when I say vape hysteria is gripping the nation over the pond – I really mean it.