Is the vaping industry the new tobacco industry? This statement comes from Prof. Stanton Arnold Glantz, tobacco control activist in a recent interview. According to him, Big Vape would not hesitate to use marketing methods similar to those of Big Tobacco.
»TOBACCO MULTINATIONALS TAKE CONTROL OF VAPE! "
We expected no less from Pr Stanton Glantz known to be anti-smoking but also anti-vaping. To him things seem clear, uusing similar marketing tactics, the vaping industry is the new tobacco industry.
« FDA cracked down on some irresponsible e-cigarette companies, but multinational tobacco companies take control of e-cigarette activity "Says Dr. Stanton Glantz, a world renowned expert since the 1970s.
Among other things, Professor Glantz is conducting research on the health effects of vaping. In 1994, approximately 4 pages of internal tobacco industry documents were sent to his office. Two years later, " The Cigarette Papers Is published. In this book, the publisher Glantz and his collaborators revealed in a collection "shocking»Of industrial documents«secretsProving that Big Tobacco had known for decades that cigarettes were deadly and addictive.
For anti-tobacco activists, advertising for the vape attracts young smokers, by the time they understand that the e-cigarette is a gateway to cigarettes, it is too late.
« After cigarette manufacturers entered the vaping market, debates on e-cigarette policy increasingly resembled debates comparable to tobacco control from the 1970s to the 1990s Says Glantz.
» The tobacco market appealed to large lobbyists and to law firms. And large tobacco companies [like Philip Morris] have created and funded tobacco organizations defending the rights of smokers. "These groups were created to resemble a" popular opposition »To laws restricting smoking in public places. Altria, Marlboro cigarette maker is the largest tobacco company in the United States. It holds 35% of the shares of Juul, a company specializing in vaping products that was worth more than $ 38 billion in March 2019. Its price has now dropped to $ 24 billion after the investment by Altria.
The tobacco industry and the vaping industry are very dependent on lobbyists. Juul et Altria have made contributions to the anti-tax group of Grover norquist and in 2018, Juul has spent more than $ 1,6 million on lobbying.
Here's another similar marketing tactic: For years, the tobacco industry has been criticized for selling cigarettes to African American communities. Juul also announced a partnership with the Black Mental Health Alliance. The vaping company said its $ 35 donation to the Black Caucus Foundation involved buying a table at an event.
« E-cigarettes were mainly imported from China. In 2007, the FDA seized them and declared them to be unapproved medical devices that deliver nicotine, a product that does not have FDA approval. Says Glantz.
« The company concerned sued the FDA, saying it was tobacco products, not a drug. A conservative judge agreed, saying the FDA should regulate them as tobacco products. »
Professor Stanton Glantz does not stop there: For seven years, e-cigarettes were on the market without any regulations. However, by law, it is illegal to sell a tobacco product without an FDA marketing prescription. Under pressure from a federal court, the FDA released recommendations in June 2019 from the vaping industry for filing pre-market tobacco applications (PMTA). »
Several senators have also urged the FDA to act quickly and incisively to remove from the market all tobacco products that do not meet the May 12 deadline, including products that do not submit PMTA.
« When we look at the evolution of the vaping market, including the proliferation of products that use nicotine salts, JUUL type products and disposable flavored products, it is almost certain that many products have entered illegally. FDA Failed To Protect Public Health If Deadline Applied In Same Way As Presumption Rule ", According to the Democratic American senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
« To date, the deadline for filing tobacco applications before the sale of vaping products has been extended until September Says Glantz.