Type the word “vaping” into your web browser, and a barrage of anti-vaping articles and “news stories” will magically appear on-screen. Most of these articles love to cite references to the US Food and Drug Administration, The American Cancer Society, and a long list of other national agencies that were specifically created to protect the health of the American public. Journalists refer to these agencies as a way to give credibility to their writing. But the truth behind this anti-vaping campaign is far more ominous than you might think.
Who is behind it all?
The answer might or might not surprise you. Big Tobacco is the leading force behind the anti-vaping movement! The Tobacco Industry may not be solely responsible, but it is behind a substantial portion of the anti-vaping propaganda being spread like wildfire across the web and TV airwaves. It all began way back in 1994, believe it or not. Big Tobacco was taking a Big Hit, as millions of class action lawsuits were being filed on behalf of those who had either died or become chronically ill through smoking tobacco cigarettes. The lawsuits were so massive and so widespread that Big Tobacco eventually issued the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) just to put the whole issue behind them.
How much money did Big Tobacco Lose?
Big Tobacco paid out billions of dollars in financial settlements to some 48 states. And per the MSA document, they will continue to pay even more billions of dollars well into 2025. Meanwhile, President Clinton put a rather large tax-hike on cigarettes around this same time. The American public was beginning to quit smoking completely, and tobacco cigarettes were becoming more and more socially unacceptable almost overnight. By the year 2000, smokers were banished from nearly every bar and restaurant in the country. And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
How are they going to get it back?
Since 1998, the coffers of Big Tobacco have been dwindling at a rapid pace. From 1998 to 2010, sales dropped steadily and dramatically by a rate of three-percent annually. But strangely, the vaping community has seen a surge in sales and popularity that is in direct opposition to Big Tobacco’s declines. As of 2015, vaping is an over $3.5 billion dollar industry in the US alone. In the UK, it’s about $6 billion euros per year. The money that used to go towards purchasing Marlboros and Virginia Slims is now ending up in the pockets of local vape shops and online vape sites.
This is why Big Tobacco wants all of these proposed vaping regulations and restrictions passed. Big Tobacco knows that the typical small business owner can’t afford to pay all those extra FDA-approval fees and tax requirements. If vape shops are forced to close around the country, maybe their customers will return to being loyal customers of Big Tobacco. The scary thing is that the FDA is completely oblivious to all of this political manipulation. By choosing to fight the vaping community rather than to embrace it, the US Government is essentially driving millions of American consumers back into the loving and welcoming arms of Big Tobacco who has been waiting in the lurch since 1998.