Besides paying a tax as per Proposition 56, as of this month all vape shop owners will also be required to pay a new state licence fee of $265, which has been implemented after a bill to regulate vaping products as traditional cigarettes had passed last May. Additionally, other regulations will prohibit the opening of stores within a distance of 500 feet from a school or playground. Local authorities are insisting that these rules are being put in place to protect minors from exposure to the products whilst still insisting that vaping acts as a gateway to smoking.
However an article published earlier this week on The Daily Caller referred to the fact that many public health experts are speaking up against the fact that the US government seems to be ignoring data that points to the contrary and insists on adopting a prohibitory stance. Several studies carried out by a number of reputable sources in fact confirm that smoking against high school students and smokers in general has dropped significantly, ironically the latest released data that confirmed this was published by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the same agency who has also on more than one occasion spoken against vaping products.
Is vaping really making youths smoke? Data shows otherwise
“California is taking a big step forward in preventing a new generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine,” said Dr. Karen Smith, California Department of Public Health director, in a statement last year. But is it really? Besides the aforementioned studies, evidence is speaking for itself across the ocean in the United Kingdom.
Viewing vaping in the right context
Another argument put forward by health officials in California is the claim that at least 10 toxic chemicals have been found in the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes, but once again this claim has been counteracted with further studies that first of all found that these chemicals are emitted in amounts so small that they could be insignificant to our health. But most importantly one must keep in mind the right perspective, no one is suggesting taking up vaping as a hobby. Public health experts are only in favour of e-cigarette use as a tobacco harm alternative, for smoking cessation purposes. When seen in this context, any harmful effects from vaping products are proven to be insignificant when compared to those in cigarettes.