Like vultures circling above future dead prey, the US tobacco companies are using their old tactics to create a new generation of smokers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a report that 40% of middle school and high school students that smoke are using flavored little cigars and flavored little cigarettes.
The USDA and the FDA are continuing to allow tobacco companies to sell electronic cigarettes under the false statement that the dangers of e-cigarettes have not been proven. This is further proof that these two agencies have totally sold out US consumers to the benefit of the tobacco companies and other suppliers of e-cigarettes. There is absolutely no doubt that vaporized nicotine will cause lung, kidney and liver cancer and contribute to heart disease.
Flavored cigarettes and little cigars are not allowed to be sold to minors. They cannot be advertised on TV. However, while the FDA and USDA pretend that the dangers of e-cigarettes have not been proven, there is an opportunity to advertise and sell the e-cigs to minors using the tried and true approach of sex, glamor and peer examples.
According to the press release by the CDC, this presents a huge health risk and cost due to smoking.
“In addition to offering a wide variety of flavors that appeal to young people, little cigars are taxed at a lower rate than cigarettes at the state level. Little cigars have become more popular in recent years; sales increased 240 percent from 1997 to 2007, with flavored brands making up almost 80 percent of the market share.
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. The health consequences of tobacco use include heart disease, multiple types of cancer, pulmonary disease, adverse reproductive effects, and the exacerbation of chronic health conditions. Smoking and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke kill an estimated 443,000 Americans each year. And for every one death, there are 20 people suffering from a smoking-related disease. In addition to the cost in human life, smoking has been estimated to cost $193 billion annually in direct health care expenses and lost productivity. And 99 percent of all smokers start before they’re 26 years old.”
It should be amazing that the government agencies have not acted to restrict e-cigarettes, put little cigars under the same taxation rates as cigarettes, and mounted a campaign to stop the tobacco companies from targeting the next generation of cancer victims. The cynicism of the tobacco executives is only exceeded by the indifference of the USDA and FDA in stopping this new threat.
For those focused on the Affordable Care Act’s costs, weigh this law that attempts to provide preventative education and support for smoking cessation against the estimated $193 billion dollars cost per year due to smoking in the US.
Contact Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Pat Tiberi and Congressman Steve Stivers and let them know that you want legislation to prevent the promotion of e-cigarettes and the targeting of young smokers through flavored cigars and cigarettes.
The attached video is a surgery on a very small lung cancer. Notice the color of the lung.