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Twitter Reacts To Trump Vape Ban

After a series of vaping-related illnesses in the country, which have left hundreds of people in hospital and caused at least six deaths, the Trump administration has announced plans to ban most flavored vaping products. The administration cited an “epidemic” of e-cigarette use among teenagers, accusing nicotine-flavored products of attracting more children to smoking.

President Trump announced this decision at a press conference during which he mentioned Melania’s son, Baron, while apparently forgetting for half a second that he is also Baron’s father. He also described the relatively new problem of vaping as “not wonderful”.

The government’s swift action on the issue of vaping after only six deaths stands in stark contrast to its reluctance to give in to measures such as the extension of gun control measures, while large-scale shootings have resulted in a number of deaths. died in August alone.

Twitter users quickly questioned the apparent hypocrisy of this move:

Cigarettes are purposefully designed to get people addicted

Well, when the tobacco leaf burns, it produces smoke that is too alkaline for people to inhale, making cigarettes harder to consume. With the 19th century, came the idea of flue curing, meaning that tobacco was now “cured” to preserve the sugars in it, which when burnt produce acids lowering the pH of the smoke, making it easier to inhale.  Now, smokers could inhale more smoke causing the profound cigarette epidemic.

Moreover, nicotine is water soluble, meaning that companies could easily lower the amounts of nicotine in cigarettes, but they don’t. FDA could easily regulate the amount of nicotine present in cigarettes, making less addictive cigarettes, but the huge tobacco lobby would never let it happen.

Cigarettes kill

  1. The aforementioned reasons make smoking so addictive (80–90% addiction rate) compared to alcohol (10–15% addiction rate)
  2. It is estimated that if the current trends continue, we would lose about a billion humans by 2100 to smoking caused diseases.
  3. Cigarettes kill half the chronic smokers, meaning that if you’ve smoked cigarettes for a long time there’s a 50% chance that you’ll die to a smoking caused illness.