Behind the Smoke Screen
Clearing the Air
There are many health and medical associations that are determined to vilify the use of alternatives to the traditional cigarette. As a $2 billion industry, e-cigarettes and vaporizers are rapidly growing in popularity, and are bound to make enemies along the way.
Presenting the Facts
While we obviously back the use of e-cigarettes and vaping, we aren’t blinded by the greed of creating a revenue at the risks of harming our customers. Thus we will concede to certain points:
- The jury is still out on the long-term health impact on users, though various studies are being conducted. It is important to take these studies with a grain of salt, depending on who is financing the research.
- The industry is largely unregulated, which can make it difficult to gather unadulterated fact.
- While e-cigarettes and vaporizers are tobacco-less products, they still contain nicotine and other chemicals.
We make NO claims that e-cigarettes and vaping are healthy or without risks. So why are certain groups trying to ban these products?
The Taxing Truth
Delving into a discussion about the tobacco industry can quickly become extremely convoluted, so we just want to point out a few facts. There is no use denying the industry is still extremely powerful. According to WorldLungFoundation.Org, Big Tobacco rakes in about $35 billion in profit each year, so the federal and state government stand to make large profits as well. The current federal tax rate for cigarettes is $1.0066 per 20 pack, and the individual state tax rates vary from $0.17 to $4.35 per pack ( TaxFoundation.Org).
Taxation with Too Much Representation
According to The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research think-tank based on Washington, D.C., “many states use collections from tobacco taxes to fund their public school systems, which raises important questions about distorted incentives and the stability of revenue for education”. The local and federal governments have come to depend on the revenues created by the tobacco industry, whether for public education or other state-funded programs.
In our opinion, these facts certainly shed some light on the relationship between the tobacco industry and state and federal regulations. The government has apparently inhaled too much second-hand smoke to be a completely innocent bystander.
We Don’t Hate, We Advocate
We aren’t trying to shovel dirt on Big Tobacco (maybe just a little bit of blackened tar). We simply want the truth to be represented about our industry, both the good and the bad. We are currently members of NotBlowingSmoke.org, an organization that advocates for truth about the vape industry. It is committed to the committed growth and expansion of the vape industry, and helping businesses such as ours provide quality products and service to our customers. We are taking a stand because we don’t want to be swallowed up in a David versus Goliath fight.
For more information, please visit http://notblowingsmoke.org