“Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40 percent.”
“Cigarette companies are focusing their marketing on lower socioeconomic communities to retain their customer base.”
And the kicker?
“If you’re educated and live in a well-off area, the smoking problem we’re talking about these days is now largely invisible to you.”
If you are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area, the smoking rate among your peers is 40%. If you are well educated, then smoking is a thing of the past.
Just stop and think about that.
These are different worlds.
Could this explain another probable reason, (we know there are several) as to why the FDA is doing what they are doing to e cigarettes?
Because they can’t really see the issue anymore?
Overall, smoking rates are falling, in all areas, including the youth. This must then lead to the question of why do anything to help those stragglers that are not keeping up with programme?
Why bother, if generally smoking is declining?
Apparently, “Nonprofit and advocacy groups are retooling their programs for the complex and more difficult work of reaching and treating marginalized groups”. Yet in the very next paragraph they state that funding for cessation groups is being cut.
Reading the article that we have lifted the quotes from, it is screamingly evident that smoking is still a huge issue in the USA, but because the chattering classes no longer smoke, it’s becoming an invisible issue.
This is tragic.
But ultimately, what do we have?
This is pure discrimination against the poor who smoke because they like it, and because it makes their lives easier to cope with. Bypass the medical, by pass the it’s going to kill you, if your life sucks, and you need 5 minutes out with a cigarette, you will do that.
One woman said – “My cigarettes have kept me company for 40 years, longer than just about anyone in my life.”
Which brings us to experience.
A smoking cessation advisor candidly states:
“People down here smoke because of the stress in their life,” Seals said. “They smoke because of money problems, family problems. It’s the one thing they have control over. The one thing that makes them feel better. And you want them to give that up? It’s the toughest thing in the world.”
Versus lack of experience:
To work for the FDA and to compile all the facts and figures, you are going to be educated. If you work for the FDA chances are you are not using food stamps or on welfare. So, you read the reports, yet have little to no experience of smoking because it is banned pretty much everywhere and you don’t smoke. The chances are high, that should you see vaping, you will view it the same as smoking. (Probably even more so because the CDC and Glantz will have been feeding you spurious research to keep their pockets lined with funding).
Experience v no experience
Education v poorly educated
Rich v poor.
The above statistics show that there is a huge need for a product that gives the same satisfaction as smoking, but has less harm.
There is a need for e-cigarettes. A massive need for them, and we need to keep on highlighting this to all in power.
Why should people of low income and low education die due to tobacco related illnesses, when there is a viable alternative?
If those that don’t have health care, don’t have massive amounts of disposable incomes can have access to a product that is helping millions globally move away from tobacco – why are they going to be denied it?
Because the FDA in their well-educated bubble can’t see it?
It’s hard to be positive in times like these. But there is a solution to this.
We have the hope of Gottlieb, the Chief of the FDA on the horizon, and the possibility of Trump wading in to amend the deeming regulations. However, these statistics show more than ever that a viable alternative, for all, is needed.
It’s here already.
It is less harmful, and, it’s cheaper than tobacco and easy to use.
Millions globally have found the benefits of vaping, of having that option to transition away from tobacco, to take back control of their lives. Many have experienced the thrill of finding a product that works, because it has the hand to mouth sensation, the inhalation, all the psychological factors, plus the nicotine, plus a myriad of flavors.
You will identify with this.
In the UK, smoking cessation clinics are now offering advice, yes, positive advice on using e cigarettes to transition away from tobacco. “E-cigarettes can support people to quit smoking. Clients of stop smoking services who combined e-cigarettes with behavioural support had the highest quit-rates in 2014–15.”
They give advice such as, “Use as often as you need to help manage nicotine withdrawal and urges to smoke. You will soon discover the best way for you of using your e-cigarette, and find that you’re using it when you feel a need to top-up. It’s not like a cigarette, which you would smoke from start to finish, with an e-cigarette you can sip on it once or twice, and then put it away. If you find you’ve got it in your mouth all the time, you might need to use a stronger e-liquid.”
There is a solution to the 40% smoking rates among the poor. We simply must make those allegedly responsible, aware of it.