E Cig – Vaping to be Taxed?

E-cigs to be taxed

As a lifelong smoker, I cannot express enough how excited my family and myself was when the first electronic cigarette (E- cigarette) was introduced to America. When actor Stephen Dorff began campaigning for an even better e-cigarette (e-cig), my excitement grew to hope and intrigue, not because an actor promoted it, but because they were being improved. Now, in the weeks since I have become an occasional cigarette smoker and a majority water vapor inhaler, there is a push for the FDA to tax, regulate, and bring in a government revenue.

One of the many reasons for even the thought of changing or quitting my habit was the cost factor. When faced with the monthly sum of my smoking habit, I was staring at almost $300. After my husband researched the best, cheapest, and most easily transitioned e-cigs, my monthly cost was cut to a mind-boggling $40.00. This was the bait on my hook, and I took it. We went to every website, tasted every flavor, tried out every model, and eventually settled on the one least extravagant, but most effective. Within the first week, my two pack a day habit had dwindled to one pack every few days. Though I was not where I wanted to be, or where everyone hoped I would be, I was doing my body a great big favor. My lungs began to clear – a most unsettling process that I will not go into here – and I began to have more energy and a highly renewed sense of smell. The house smelled of home instead of smoke, and the idea that I was no longer sucking away tar and poison left a most pleasant taste in my mouth.

Another obvious reason for my switch to water vapor instead of toxins was the health benefits. As an almost 40-year old mother of five, my priority to keep myself alive and well was magnified. Hearing my children persistently school me on the dangers of smoking, and watching my then 18-year old take his first drag, was simply not enough for me to go through the terrifying, persistent struggle that comes with quitting. I was familiar with the throes of withdrawal, as I had been through a similar kind of battle in my life, but it seemed cigarettes were all I had left to ensure sanity. Selfish and apathetic, I know.

Once I found the e-cig that was most like my favorite cigarette, I was finally able to see the light;  perhaps I could eventually quit, or at least remove the bulk of the health risks.  In making this decision, every person in my life was able to breathe again, metaphorically and physically, and feel confident that I was no longer compromising my health for the sake of a fix.

This morning I awoke to an article that forced me to take a long hard look at my government. The article wrote that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with 39 of his peers, have made a plea to the Food and Drug Administration to dip into the $1.7 billion dollar enterprise that is saving lives. What the attorney generals are whining about is a regulation for underage smokers, claiming that under the Tobacco Control Act, a regulation is appropriate. To this I say: “Are you out of your minds?” First, there is zero tobacco in any e-cig I have seen, researched, or tested. Second, the companies responsible for this life-saving alternative are not, in any way, marketing their product for children. How many kids know who Stephen Dorff is? Claiming that the use of celebrities to promote these products is parallel to tobacco advertising is simply an irresponsible claim.

Here is what I think, Attorney General Mike DeWine: I think you and yours want to keep the smokers smoking. I think you want that so you can keep them sick and in need of your insurance and pharmaceuticals. I think the idea that someone could possibly make more off the quitting of cigarettes versus the selling of cigarettes has you fuming.  Do us all a favor, and keep your greedy fingers off this one. If our youth is truly your concern, then ask yourself these questions: Will children use the vapor cigarette? Of course they will, just like they use the harmful ones.  With which would you rather your child experiment? Logically, the preference is staring us in the face.

 

Written by: Amy Magness Whatley

(Op-ed)

 

Plea to FDA

9 Responses to "E Cig – Vaping to be Taxed?"

  1. Amy Whatley   October 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Zara,

    Yes, it will be cheaper, which is an incentive to stay on E-cigs- but for how long will it remain cheaper? The government has a way of over-taxing anything they deem useful to themselves.

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    • Zara Zuss   October 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      You have a point there Amy.
      I actually started ‘stacking up’ e-liquid bottles, just in case the price goes up – but that obviously won’t help a lot. The ultimate solution would be to stop smoking entirely. Until then we are at the mercy of our governments.

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  2. Zara Zuss   October 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I absolutely agree that there should be laws that prevent selling e-cigarettes to minors. However, as with regular cigarettes, I believe the problem is not in the lack of regulations.

    Switching to a healthier smoking alternative has helped me improve my health condition tremendously, and I would recommend it to all smokers of age 18+. I bought my e-cigarette from http://ismokehealthy.net and never went back to regular ones. It changed my life completely. Now, if they want to tax this, let them, it will still be much cheaper and healthier than the alternative.

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  3. E Cigarette   October 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I am agree with you that child are using e cigarette. But most of the child are already user of real cigarette. So it is good that they are using e cigarette so that they come over from real cigarette addiction.
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  4. scott   October 3, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Finally someone with common sense! How can anyone suggest that vaping be anything close to tobacco? I have been tobacco free for a month thanks to some online friends who quit smoking and started a vape company. I also find it amazing that polititians can’t find anything better to do with themselves than pick on vaping. I understand that the fda found harmful chemicals in a few vape products from China. Wow really? What a shock! The same thing can be said about dog food and toys and all sorts of things made in China. I don’t smoke! Leave me alone! I buy my vape juice here in the USA!

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  5. Kristi   September 30, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I whole heartily agree! I started smoking at the age of 14! This has helped both my husband and me quit! We have a 3yr old and want to be there for him always! I never knew some star promoted them just the strive to be better for my son!! This would of been way better for all me and my 14-16yr old friends to be smoking! The government needs to realize this! No matter what u do they will still be here! Oh and people are finally careing what’s on the side of the cig box! Be happy! And leave us alone!

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  6. Cathy   September 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Great article and great comments. All so true. They want to keep us sick and dieing, not help promote an alternative that is saving lives. It is saving mine. And kids? Well, they get porn off the internet, they smoke anyway, they do drugs and whatever else. You think taxing lifesaving e-cigs is going to change that? I am not opposed to regulation, but to ban or tax e-cigs like tobacco products is uncalled for.

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  7. Vaping Is Good   September 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    No doubt about it… Vaping has changed my life, too! I am so happy to have kicked the cigarette habit. It’s been over 2 years now! I knew it was only a matter of time until uncle Sam would jump into the middle of it. I wish they would leave a good thing alone!

    My 2 cents worth!

    James

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  8. Tom   September 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Bravo! You really hit the nail on the head. This is all about money; money Big Tobacco and the pharmaceutical industry is losing. I’m not opposed to regulation. We need to know exactly what is in E-liquid and have some controls in place to make a life saving device such as E-cigs, even safer, but this push is primarily about money. They will, of course, eventually tax this product. They would tax air if they could.

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