As vaping continues to grow in popularity, many elected officials have consistently demonized electronic cigarettes by suggested that they are just as deadly as the real thing. Even though there are reams of scientific evidence proving that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking, legislators at the federal, state, and local levels are publicly denouncing e-cigs by citing bogus research studies claiming the contrary.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government makes billions of dollars per year from smokers. In 2001, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes was $3.15. Included in that price tag was 43 cents in state excise taxes, 34 cents in federal taxes, and another 58 cents in “sin taxes” that Big Tobacco used to pay off that $206 billion-dollar settlement filed by 46 states. That left only $1.35 for the tobacco industry, less than half of the total cost of a pack of cigarettes. In 2017, the numbers are even worse.
As smoking rates plummet, Big Pharma gets scared
Since 2001, smoking rates have continued to plummet in massive numbers. When vaping came along, Big Tobacco took another major hit financially. Coupled with the fact that America’s youth are now much savvier about the dangers of tobacco, teens are choosing to experiment with vaping devices rather than cigarettes.
Unfortunately for Big Tobacco, vaping is far less addictive than the chemical-infused cancer sticks that Phillip Morris is peddling. Teens might experiment with vaping, but because e-cigs are not addictive, vaping rarely becomes habit-forming. As a result, fewer and fewer new generations smokers are becoming addicted, and the tobacco industry fears that it may be heading for financial ruin.
Meanwhile, Big Pharma is also taking notice. Pharmaceutical companies have known for decades that vaping is a much healthier and safer way to ingest nicotine. They’ve also known that vaporizers are a much more effective way to administer medications, something that Rep. Duncan Hunter – otherwise known as The Vaping Congressman – has been advocating to Congress for years.
Does Uncle Sam want to save money by killing Americans?
Smoking also kills. And thanks to the Baby Boomer Generation, there are now more Americans entering retirement age than at any other time in our nation’s history. With retirement comes Medicare and Medicaid expenses and payments of social security benefits by the U.S. government. All of this costs both Big Pharma and Uncle Sam a lot of money.
Now for the truly scary part. Lung cancer is one of the fastest killing diseases. Other common ailments of the elderly like Alzheimer’s can take years or even decades to kill. Both diseases require medications, a substantial portion of which must be paid by Big Pharma and the U.S. government in the form of Medicaid benefits.
By keeping Americans addicted to smoking, Uncle Sam saves billions of dollars in quicker, smoking-related death tolls. And Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are laughing all the way to the proverbial bank in the process.
Does Uncle Sam secretly want you to smoke rather than vape? Just look at the millions of dollars that U.S. officials receive from tobacco companies in the form of campaign contributions every election year. OpenSecrets.org allows you to search state-by-state, and even congressional district-by-congressional district.
If the U.S. government really wants Americans to quit smoking, then why don't they just make tobacco products illegal? After all, they're almost making vaping illegal with the passage of FDA deeming regulations that threaten to wipe out 99% of the U.S. vaping industry by 2022. Think about it!