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FDA Hassels

I read this the other day and thought I would re-post it.

I DON’T CARE ABOUT ME.

By Ian Firth

I’m an eliquid manufacturer in the vapor industry. Well, I used to be, until today, when I became a tobacco product manufacturer in the tobacco industry.

I don’t care about me. I can stockpile enough eliquid of any flavor for myself and my wife and my friends and my family until we all die of old age. I have enough hardware to last decades, and the technical knowhow to fix any of it if it breaks.

I don’t care about me. I’ll be fine.

I do care about 9 million vapers though, and more importantly, 40 million at-risk smokers.

They won’t be fine.

In 90 days, all technological advancement in the industry will grind to a halt.

No new mods.
No new atomizers.
No new tanks.
No new flavors.
No new anything.

This could mean that the next big step in devices, that may make it even easier for a smoker to successfully quit, may not make it to market. That obscure flavor that a smoker has been looking for to finally make the switch stick, may not be available. These products may not make it to market due to the cost associated with doing so, a cost out of reach for everyone except Big Tobacco.

In 2009, FDA reported to Congress that they would examine the best way to regulate, promote, and encourage the development of “innovative products and treatments” to reduce harm associated with continued tobacco use.

The vapor industry did just that, all by ourselves.

We created, innovated, promoted, and self regulated a solution to the tobacco problem plaguing our country, and the world. Now that we have laid the groundwork, FDA is handing our industry over to an organization that kills 480,000 people each year in the USA alone.

Big Tobacco.

Big Tobacco is not the vapor industry.

The vapor industry is grassroots, built from the ground up by people who care and have passion for saving the lives of millions, and putting public health first. The vapor industry doesn’t make $90 billion dollars a year like Big Tobacco, so we can’t stay in and pay the cost of doing business.

So we will all go out of business, two to three years from now, because that is how our government works. This is a bailout of the tobacco industry to help them offset losses caused by decreased cigarette usage, and the rise of vaping.

These regulations wouldn’t affect me if the FDA-approved patches and gum actually worked back when I needed them to. I tried them on many occasions when attempting to quit my 31 year smoking habit. On March 29th 2014, I finally did quit when I bought my first e-cigarette. I wrote about that amazing day two years ago, here and here.

If the gum or patch had worked, as the manufacturer and FDA advertised it would, this would all be out of sight and out of mind, much like it is to the non-smokers and non-vapers in America. I would just be an ex-smoker, and this regulation wouldn’t directly affect me.

I’m glad that didn’t happen.

If it had, I wouldn’t have helped thousands of smokers and vapers.
I wouldn’t have met hundreds of wonderful people in our industry.

I would have far less people in my life I call friends and family.

We are now expected to believe that FDA-approved e-cigarettes manufactured by Big Tobacco will be effective at tobacco harm reduction, and will benefit public health.

They won’t.

We are expected to think this won’t affect 100,000 jobs at 20,000 businesses in America.

It will.

We are expected to sit by, and watch our industry die.

We won’t.

We are expected to sit by and watch Americans die.

We can’t.

If you don’t vape, don’t smoke, or never smoked, you may think this doesn’t affect you.

It does.

Look at your circle of friends, and your family. Do any of them smoke or vape? Do they know someone who does? Do you work with someone who does?

Most likely the answer is “Yes”.

Somewhere, someone you know, will die early from a tobacco related disease.

FDA approves it.

Looking for a Cache

Out and about looking for a new cache, but it was not found!
It was a very pretty day though…

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Why did Michael Brown die?

Ya know, after watching all the hype and coverage on poor young Michale Brown a person has to wonder as to what caused his death? While his family is in mourning over his demise, and rightfully so, are they really pointing their finger at a police officer and saying that he went and shot there son for no cause?
Listening to some of the protesters I’ve heard, over and over again, how the actions leading up to his dead shouldn’t be considered, but only the time of the actual shooting that caused his dead should be looked upon. Basically that it really doesn’t matter who Michael Brown is or was, but only that at the very last instance that he was alive he might have raised up is hands. Of course the riots and robberies that ensued were perfectly okay in the eyes of anyone that believes in chaos as being a justified action for anything they want an excuse to riot over.
The cop that stopped Michael Brown did so because he (Michael) was walking down the middle of the street being a danger to himself and traffic. Now lets think this out for a second. Michael had just strong armed a store owner and stole items from the store, something that looks like he has done before… although I don’t know this, it just doesn’t seem like this is the first time he had done this… So, here he is, walking down the middle of the street, having just robbed a store and pushed around the owner… and a cop pulls up to talk to him. What do you think is going through his pea sized brain right now?
Multiple choice question… Does Michael think the police officer is going to ask him to join the police academy or does he think the police officer might be responding to a call about him robbing a store and he’s going to go to jail…?
If your white or honest you’d most likely go for the ut ho I’m in trouble answer and Michael with his little brain begins to panic. He does what many in his situation would do (that has a little brain), he thinks he can out run a police car.
Now I’ve heard accounts that he attacked the police officer, or there was some kind of physical contact between the police officer and Michael, but all of those facts or comments have been either washed over or played down to the point where all that anyone hears is the final comments of Michael was shot and killed by a police officer. There are stories of poor defenseless Michael (all 285 lbs and 6’5″ of him that towered over the shop owner, grabbing him and shoving him away like a little stuffed toy), poor Michael raising his arms innocently saying don’t shoot… but is that what really happened?
I don’t know… but not trying to talk bad about the dead… what most likely happened is Michael probably tripped his fat lard ass while trying to out run someone that was trained and had walked more than from the couch to the refrigerator. On his way down his hands went up in the air and the words is friend heard and has told all the cameras that were “Don’t shoot” were in all likelihood really “Oh shit”.
What is sick, is personalities and people of prominence are going around backing the family of this person. What the he11… this person was a thug and went around forcing himself on others like the worst bully anyone could imagine… why are these people kissing the ground that he walked upon…?
Oh sorry, I forgot… he was black.

TSA and the Government

Of course Americans get strip searched, probed and prodded just to get on a plane…

Illegal immigrants are being allowed to board passenger jets without having any identification, the National Border Patrol Council has claimed.

The union for border workers told Breitbart that immigrants who have been released from holding centers while they wait for their court date are being allowed to travel freely without identification.

The only paperwork they need to show airlines is their Notice to Appear forms, a simple print out with no photo or security features.
Traveling light: Illegal immigrants are being allowed to fly in the U.S. without proper ID that regular passengers, above, have to show, according to the border council.

Traveling light: Illegal immigrants are being allowed to fly in the U.S. without proper ID that regular passengers, above, have to show, according to the border council

The claims come amid a surge of illegal immigrants, many of them children, that have overwhelmed facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hector Garza, the spokesman for one of the NBPC’s branches, said that illegal immigrants were able to use the simple form to board any commercial airliner.

‘This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,’ Garza told Breitbart.

‘This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer.’

Garza’s claims were backed by the NBPC which has released an official statement opposing the travel arrangements.
The border patrol council claims illegal immigrants are able to board flights using only their Notice to Appear documents.

Paperwork: The border patrol council claims illegal immigrants are able to board flights using only their Notice to Appear documents, above

‘The fact that TSA is accepting the I-862 [Notice to Appear] as a form of identification and allowing illegal aliens to travel commercially shows just how little regard the federal government has for its own immigration laws,’ the statement said.

Garza said part of the NBPC’s concerns was that people who authorities have little background information on were being allowed to travel without the checks ordinary citizens undergo.

‘We do not know who these people are … We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document,’ he said.

A MailOnline request for comment from the TSA has not yet been responded to.

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