A BILLION LIVES · SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
After watching the full meeting, we would love some answers…
1) If flavors are the problem & JUUL has removed their flavors…why are kids still using JUUL? Could it be the nicotine they want? Why not remove all nicotine products off the market? Or, are only some nicotine products profitable to certain powerful people?
2) Why don’t any of the anti-tobacco harm reduction folks in the room have any solution but to ban flavors? Are they also opposed to flavored alcohol (a known harmful product most of us use)? Why is there so little difference of opinion/ideas between the health activists? Are they biased by their common funding sources? Why are they getting funding only to ban flavors? What else is at play?
3) We don’t believe anyone under 21 should be starting to use nicotine (or caffeine, alcohol, or other “drugs”). Why is nobody talking about education? If “the kids didn’t know” (hard to believe), why aren’t we teaching them?
4) If many states already restrict access to 21+, how much will a new federal rule impact the situation? Why are so few of the Bloomberg-funded professional health activists talking about enforcement? Isn’t this an enforcement problem?
5) Why do the health activists constantly say “there is no proof” that nicotine vapor technology helps people quit smoking? Are they blinded/biased by their funding?
6) Why do the Bloomberg-funded professional health activists say that using nicotine vapor technology is just as bad as smoking? Are they blinded/restricted by their funding? There is almost nobody left in the real science community who believes that.
7) Why do the health activists keep deflecting from the fact that most (~90+%) of the kids regularly using nicotine vapor products (~20%) were already using/dabbling in cigarettes? Smoking rates among teens is at an all-time low because kids aren’t using the worse product (cigarettes). That’s uncomfortable to discuss, but it’s a fact. It feels odd that none of these anti-smoking activists are celebrating cigarettes becoming obsolete? Could it be because their billions of funding is drying up?
8) Why do the Bloomberg-funded professional health activists keep saying they align with President Trump’s position on Sept 11? It is well known that he was misinformed into thinking nicotine vapor products were killing kids, when in fact we now know it was caused by illegal tainted THC products. Why would they want to hurt so many people by making a decision made on bad information? Are they biased by their funding?
9) Why do they keep calling it a “Youth Vaping Epidemic?” Are kids dying from vaporizing nicotine? How is it an epidemic? Addiction? Kids are also “addicted “to video games, caffeine, energy drinks, sugar, etc. Some of those addictions are actually killing people.
Why distract away from opioids, obesity, alcohol, meth, cigarettes, etc? Aren’t those the real epidemics we should be talking about? Is this diversion biased by funding?
10) Why is anyone surprised that JUUL can survive without flavors for six months? They have billions of dollars. Why is nobody addressing that the majority of youth use is with JUUL products, which now has no flavors on the market?
11) Does Mitt Romney have any expertise in this area? Last time we checked he was a financial investor in big businesses, who turned into a politician. That’s doesn’t seem like the kind of experience/influence we need right now.
12) Should we be more worried about kids using a product that has resulted in no deaths OR the estimated 7,000,000 adults who die each year from smoking-related illnesses? That’s a big question that needs to be figured out as a society.
13) Why do the health activists say there is no increase in adults using nicotine vapor products? There are now 40,000,000 adults worldwide using this technology. The vast majority formerly smoked cigarettes. If some adults aren’t adopting this technology, could it be due to the misinformation and click-bait headlines?
14) Why weren’t any people who smoke cigarettes invited to this meeting? What about neutral young people? Doesn’t their voice matter?
We’d love answers below.