An agenda to tax a non-tobacco product is hiding in plain sight. With a well orchestrated attempt to keep smokers lighting up, organizations like the American Heart & Lung Associations and government officials are trying to keep smokers away from vaping products. They claim companies are marketing to children and vaping products are not effective to curb the smoking habit. In the same breath, organizations claim "regulating" and taxing vapor products like tobacco will "help." These organizations are funded in part by cigarette sales tax.

With funding before health, the message is "please keep smoking."

Recognizing this issue, Tom Cole (R-OK), introduced HR 2058 to change the date of February 15th, 2007 in the Tobacco Control Act to keep products on the market without the need of an expensive FDA application. Any product deemed "tobacco" marketed prior to February 15th, 2007 would be "grandfathered" in. Conveniently, organizations and politicians are trying to manipulate this loophole to include e-cigarettes as a tobacco product because "some contain nicotine." The same nicotine is a derivative, or by-product of tobacco and is found in current cessation devices and will not be taxed as tobacco.

Facts about vapor products depend on who you ask, and who's telling you. While Professor Glantz (UCSF) may be a "tobacco" expert, he is certainly not an expert in the world of vaping or electronic cigarettes. With no research of his own, he claims smokers are "28 percent less likely" to stop smoking using an e-cigarette. His conclusion has been heavily ridiculed by both vapers and peers. The scandals against vaping are very clear.

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Evidence vaping works

Vapers are telling a completely different story and have no agenda other than telling smokers there is a choice. In the "Vaping Truth Survey" conducted last year, 7,238 participants in 72 countries had a lot to say. With an average of 20 years experience of the participants smoking, the results in the survey are very clear: vaping products work. Results included 42% of the participants eliminating the smoking habit in one day, 75% total quit within a month of trying a vapor product.

Dual use, meaning some used e-cigarettes and tobacco -- a position Glantz and organizations don't agree with -- was 12%. Some enjoyed smoking and vaping, while others were in transition to eliminating tobacco. Only 2% said it "didn't work."

In the same survey, 88% overwhelmingly chose flavors as an instrumental point in their success, taking smokers away from the tobacco flavor. Health benefits stated were lower blood pressure and better breathing, medications being greatly reduced or eliminated and more, including one person stating they "could climb mountains again."

If reducing or eliminating tobacco use is the goal, organizations need to adjust their position.

Vapers aren't hiding their success or their passion. Vaping works and should be encouraged. Hiding an organizational or political agenda in the sand is counterproductive, and does not help smokers trying to quit. Vapers want you to know: you are failing miserably with claims of not knowing enough. Would taxing these products suddenly change the position of organizations and eliminate any agendas? To the politicians, vapers will tell you how they feel if you are up for election.

The film "A Billion Lives" will expose many lies created about e-cigarettes very soon:

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