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we live in a world where the collective of thoughts and biases can be blamed on the collective whole and made to seem hypocritical rather than attributed to the vastly different and constantly changing beliefs and thoughts of individuals.
A libertarian blog, this is a political and philosophical one first. I may post the things I find beautiful or fulfilling. I enjoy art and spiritualism as well, but this blog is primarily about the awakening and enlightenment of the civic thinker. Enjoy!
The new episode of Dean-O-Files is live! “Episode 2: Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbian Anarch-Communist” can be found on iTunes, in your favorite Podcatcher, or online!
The guest this week? gingerextraordinaire!
Obama is literally trying so hard to get things done and to help the middle class, but of course the Republican Party is always in his way, and in the way of a healthy, happy, and economically stable America
You’re actually buying this?
Raising the minimum wage won’t help but rather hurt people who need their jobs; the government only inflates the cost of college by subsidizing it, there’s a student debt bubble that’s about to colapse and the gender wage gap is a statistical myth.
So many gullible OPs
You have to be an idiot to believe that government intervention will make the economy better.
The biggest of the big tobacco companies, RJ Reynolds, which also owns the fast-growing e-cig brand Vuse, is trying real hard to convince lawmakers to ban vaping. That might sound ass-backwards, but it isn’t. The firm is almost certainly hoping to stymie the competition by making sure its disposable “cigalikes” pass regulations but the refillable mods you find at your local vape shop don’t.
Reynolds submitted a 119-document to the Food and Drug Administration arguing to ban “open system” vaporizers and flavored products, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Those are the DIY mods that come with tanks you fill yourself with the e-liquid of your choice. Reynolds is in the process of acquiring Lorillard, the tobacco company that owns the top-selling e-cig brand, Blu eCigs, though as of now doesn’t plan to keep Blu as part of the deal.
The firm argues that there’s no way to safely regulate the liquid people are vaping or ban flavors that arguably appeal to kids. Disposable e-cigs, on the other hand, come pre-loaded so it’s easy for a company to control ingredients and limit flavors.
That’s certainly true, but it’s not the whole story. Outright banning refillable vaporizers would effectively wipe out (or drive underground) an entire booming industry of flavored juices and personalized mods in favor of big tobacco’s inferior products. (Seriously, those nic sticks are gross.)
"We believe open-system vapor products create unique public health risks. These systems are highly subject to adulteration and tampering," a Reynolds rep told the Journal.
Of course, this was expected. As soon as the FDA proposed its e-cig regulations this spring it was clear that the rules favored the big brands and threatened to choke the competition. The process to gain FDA approval for a new product is time-consuming and expensive, and it’s safe to assume the tobacco corps expected the government to crack down on flavors the same as it does with regular combustible cigarettes.
The lengthy report from Reynolds was submitted during the FDA public comment period, which ended August 8. The other tobacco companies weighed in too, but not as strictly as Reynolds, which will ultimately have the biggest stake in e-cigs and the most incentive to nip the vaping craze in the bud.
Tobacco companies may have thought they were being clever by embracing the digital smokes that threatened to steal away a chunk of their nicotine-addicted customer base. But instead, the trend got away from them. Sales of the e-cigs you can pick up at a bodega counter have tanked as people gravitate toward the customizable mods and uniquely flavored e-juice sold by upstart merchants at vape shops. That’s exactly what big tobacco’s hoping its deep pockets and political influence can stop. [Winston-Salem Journal - Motley Fool]