With the May 5 release of the FDA e-cig regulations, agency representatives have been making very bold claims that the reason behind the million-dollar approval process is to ultimately stop teen smoking. Even though there is no evidence to support this claim, the FDA is now taking to Twitter to disperse their propaganda.
But some of their Tweets are downright strange, perhaps even a little bit creepy. Presumably, the FDA Twitter account is supposed to be helpful in some regard, but the audience to whom the FDA is targeting their tweets is rather unclear. One tweet will say, “About 4.7 million U.S. youth were a current tobacco user(s) in 2015. FDA’s new regulations restrict youth access,” while another will specifically target the LBGT community for some strange reason.
Sure, 40% of the LGBT people may very well be social smokers, but even if that happens to be true, what is the FDA really trying to say? Are they saying that the Gay Community socially smokes more often than “Straight America?” Or are they secretly trying to win over homophobes to support their FDA e-cig regulations? If so, why? Why does the FDA need to win anyone over? The only people who seem to be riled up are the vaping community.
The entire Twitteraccount is an exercise in ignorance and creepy government scare tactics. Most of the FDA tweets seem to be spreading the same repetitious lies that e-cigs are, supposedly, tobacco products, which they absolutely are not. But the tweets tend to pinpoint certain segments of the American Public, either gays, teens, or perhaps a specific racial or age group.
This FDA Twitter account, and others like it, is an illustration of how wasteful and counterproductive government bureaucracy can be. Instead of spending tax money to hire Twitter experts to craft all of these nonsensical tweets and to respond to the strange mix of comments that they generate, why not put this money to better use and conduct some long-needed research into the significant health benefits of vaping?
If the largest portion of people upset by the FDA’se-cig crackdown are the very vapers themselves, why is the FDA going through all of this trouble to setup and manage a Twitter account? Perhaps the answer is in the question itself. Maybe the largest portion of people upset with the FDA e-cig regulations is NOT the vaping community any longer. Maybe, just maybe, this FDA Twitter account is a sign that the federal government is losing the backing and support of the American, non-smoking, non-vaping public, as well.