What Would Happen If Vaping Is Banned?
12 May 2018
While we don’t want to imagine a world without vaping or e-cigarettes, it’s one of those scenarios that could happen.
With excessive legislation and anti-vaping sentiment on an all-time high in some countries around the world, vaping being banned is a reality for many people. Despite some health organization like Public Health England coming out and stating that vaping could be as much as 95% safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, there is still hesitation by many countries to get behind vaping and e-cigarettes.
For traditional cigarette companies like Phillip Morris, the writing on the wall has well and truly been seen and noted. As fast as they can produce and sell traditional cigarettes, they are looking at vaping and e-cigarettes as the future of tobacco products. Phillip Morris recently released the IQOS electronic cigarette that heats a tobacco plug. Many people around the world, especially in Asian countries are buying them as fast as they can make them. But are they really any better for you? Time will tell. It’s hard to get excited about any product that big tobacco gives the thumbs up for. Let’s face it, they’ve been lying to all of us for the great part of the last century, and we all know where their priorities are.
Trying to ban vaping now would be like trying to plug a hole in a dam with your finger. Pointless. The truly impressive thing about vaping is that you can easily make your own vaporizer using parts purchased on the internet. Now that everyone knows what vaping is and how easy it is, there’s no going back. Every aspect of vaping could easily be done at home without having to purchase from vaping manufactures. E-liquid can easily be made at home and already is by many vapers. Coils are already being made at home by vapers as are mods, and let’s face it; they’re never banning batteries.
The government in Singapore came out recently and announced that they were enforcing a complete ban on all e-cigarettes and vaporizer. As of February 1st, 2018, you could face a $1,500 US fine just for owning or using a vaporizer. In Australia, some states have banned vaping altogether, while others have just banned the sale of e-liquid which contains nicotine. The FDA in America is jumping all over the sale of vaporizers, trying to wrestle back control of an industry which they believe has been allowed to grow without enough accountability. In the EU they have introduced several different vaping regulations which control the size of e-liquid tanks and the size of the bottles being sold.
Whatever way you look at it, vaping is facing an uncertain future. One of the biggest problems facing vaping isn’t that it could be dangerous for you, it’s if it will survive long enough for someone to study its effects. The World Health Organization hasn’t found anything yet but won’t endorse vaping until long-term studies have come in. We can blame this on traditional cigarettes. Everyone has gotten just a little bit trigger shy when it comes to anything tobacco related.
Vaping will never be banned completely, but the way we vape and how we buy vaping accessories, vaporizers, and e-liquid could change. For DIY vapers and experts, they wouldn’t notice. Most experienced vapers already take immense pride in being able to build their own mods, coils, and make their own e-juices. For new vapers, it would be more of a struggle. Banning vaping wouldn’t eradicate vaping completely, but it would make it very hard to entice new vapers and smokers looking to quit smoking.
Whatever happens, vapers face a serious choice. They can stand by silently and watch e-cigarette companies fight for their lives, or they can jump in and ensure that their voice is counted. There are hundreds of vaping advocacy groups being run by vapers all around the world. Used Vape is proud to support vaping and counts itself as a supporter of people’s rights to vape if they like. Without the support of vapers, vaping advocacy groups are fighting an uphill battle that could result in vaping being banned one day.