The message from American #Health organizations on e-cigarettes to the public is clear: "Please, keep smoking." Regulations released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will classify e-cigarettes as "tobacco" products. Health organizations are applauding the rules set to go into effect August 8th, 2016.

We don't know

Health organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA), Heart Association (AHA), Lung Association (ALA), are still claiming they "don't know enough" about #Vaping products. In a recent article on WebMD titled "E-cigarettes under fire," "experts" weighed in.

Norman Edelman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association doesn't know:

"They are nicotine delivery devices intended to be used like a cigarette. What happens to someone who stops inhaling the tars of cigarettes and inhales only nicotine? We don't know. There is at least the potential for harm."

FDA spokeswoman, Rita Chapelle doesn't like the perception of e-cigarettes:

"We are concerned about the potential for addiction and abuse of these products. We don't want the public to perceive them as a safer alternative to cigarettes."

Opportunity lost

Pardon the intrusion, isn't less smoking the ultimate goal of these well respected organizations? They worked very hard to denounce vaping products with innuendo of children, dangers and "unknown harm." Instead of taking a proactive approach to understand how well e-cigarettes have worked for millions to reduce tobacco use by choice, they wanted them regulated as tobacco products. In doing so, they have positioned their organizations to fail adult smokers.

Pardon the intrusion

Organizations have not been forthright with balanced information. While waging campaigns to misinform the public, they have chosen to ignore science and data from around the world. The Royal College of Physicians 206 page report endorsed vaping products as a less harmful alternative to tobacco. A study conducted in the U.S. by Dr. R. Cranfield showed issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma improved by 61.8% with long term use of vaping products. By deliberately concealing pertinent information, the American public, who place "trust" in these organizations, are not receiving a complete and detailed assessment of vaping products to date. Please, keep smoking is the message.

Please, keep smoking

According to The Centers for Disease Control, smoking rates are at their lowest in America at 15.1%. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators report done by Orzechowski & Walker, tobacco taxes have dropped from their high of "$17.1 billion in 2011" down to "$16.3 billion in 2014". The dramatic drop in smoking has created a blitz of counter-productive campaigns to classify vaping products as tobacco. To the casual observer, this may seem normal. For organizations and government dependent on falling tax revenue from cigarette sales, it was imperative to create the need for regulation. Tax revenue, not public health, has been the goal all along. #ecigs