Should the vaping community be all that concerned with public acceptance? Or is it best for us to remain underground and “out-of-sight?” As countries around the globe are considering new tax laws and government restrictions on the vaping industry, will this legislation change the way that we vape for the worse or for the better? Here are four reasons why the vaping community may be better off remaining underground.
1. Keep advancements in vaping happening at an increasingly fast rate.
Once government regulations are passed, expect more and more anti-vaping legislation is sure to follow as time moves forward. With excessive federal regulations comes the probability that the release of new advancements in vaping technology will dramatically slow down almost instantly. New products will have to be heavily scrutinized by federal authorities before their release to the vaping community. We could be waiting years instead of months for new product upgrades.
2. The corporate takeover of our subculture equals “death.”
It happened with Rap and Hip-Hop music. These grass-roots driven subcultures with the sincerest of intentions eventually were transformed into something entirely different once the corporate music industry got ahold of them. Once any underground community goes “mainstream,” the newbies who join just to be cool often turn the industry on its ear.
3. Keep the money in the Vaping Community.
Why does the government want to regulate the vaping industry? Do they truly fear for the health and safety of the public-at-large? Many in the vaping community would wholeheartedly disagree. The real reason that governments around the world want to regulate the vaping industry is so that they can tax the heck out of us. It’s just that simple. Federal regulation will result in excessive taxes that will be directly funneled into government coffers. This money could be better used for further experimentation and design of new vaping technology rather than for federal, state, and local taxes.
4. Federal Regulation Doesn’t Make Sense.
It doesn’t make sense to heavily tax products and industries that actually benefit the general public. Sure, placing high taxes on something like tobacco cigarettes makes sense. Tobacco is bad, so higher taxes tend to make us think twice about buying a pack of Marlboros. But there is no evidence that vaping is even remotely harmful to your health or to the health of those around you. In fact, a BBC News Report last year made claims that over 60% of smokers succeed at quitting permanently without relapse when using vape pens as compared to “the patch” and other socially approved methods. Placing high taxes on an industry that actually benefits the public-at-large doesn’t make sense. Unless, of course, you are simply in it for the money!
(Courtesy of BBC News and YouTube)