So the FDA announce a new Tobacco Strategy. It is a big deal on several levels.
Lowering Nic in cigarettes. Really? It makes sense if you are a never smoking, Tobacco Company hating Tobacco Controller type person. Smokers around the World must be laughing. People enjoy smoking, they always have and always will. They will just smoke more to compensate as most sensible people realise.
Suggestion that they may give eCigs almost free reign? Be nice if it happens. I am not convinced it will play out that well. The US ANTZ still seem to have the ear of influential people and they will be working on their campaigns as I type.
Now if the two things are taken together it looks like an attempt to almost force smokers on to eCigs. From a health point of view it is hard to argue with but I feel uncomfortable with the forced side of it. It looks like they want to kill smoking by moving everyone onto vaping but then they will force people off of that in the same way. Look, Vaping has converted millions of people into non smokers. It did this despite the meddling and rabid opposition from Tobacco Control. If the FDA are serious then they must not make Vaping into a tool. People like to choose and do not take well to being made to do things. Let Vaping run free with nothing more than normal consumer regulation and it will do the job.
I really hope I am wrong and Vaping is about to get an easy run in the US. I do feel sorry for US smokers though.