CVS has made the bold move to quit selling smokes. By October, their 7,600 stores will have phased out cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. CVS says that tobacco just doesn’t belong in a pharmacy. They will lose $2 billion per year, but they think they’re making the right move.
My mom hides a bag of chocolate bars in the closet. My dad can’t keep his hands off the cherry pie. My aunt always has bubble gum in her purse, and my grandma would have had strawberry milkshakes every day if we let her.
With the popularity of ecigs increasing, so are the “haters”. A lot of people take everything the media says as fact. They rely on their newspapers or news radio to give them right information, the truth. Well when news reporters talk about electronic cigarettes, people listen. A lot of people have talked about how ecig companies make fun flavors to appeal to kids. I’m here to set the record straight.
We need to protect ourselves. Some companies that don’t allow their employees to vape inside are going to make their vapers go outside and stand in the same area as the smokers. These are the very people that we’ve all been trying to avoid in our quest to stop smoking. We used to be those smokers, pushed to the side, away from everyone. Then we mustered up the courage to turn to ecigs, and were able to step away from that. We put down the tobacco cigs, and picked up the ecig. No smoke, no smell, no ash, no mess. We vape everywhere we’re allowed. We vape at home, in the car, at the grocery store, and at the restaurants and bars that are cool with it. Now, if all these places suddenly say “forget it – you’re outside again”, what are you going to do? You’re going to be pissed. Here you spent money and time, researching, buying and switching over.
What will you do? You need to tell your employer that you should not be forced into the same areas where the smokers have to go. You don’t want to be breathing in that second-hand smoke, smelling those awful cigarettes, (and if you’re new to vaping) get tempted to start back up again!
Some companies have smoking rooms. When I worked at Meijer many years ago, we had a smoking room. When it was cold out, we all went into that room, next to the break room and puffed away. It smelled horrible. Now, say Meijer were to ban their employees from using ecigs inside at work. Where would they have to go? Outside? In the same room as the smokers? That’s not fair. Would they build a room just for vapers? Unlikely.
Vapers, stand up for your right to vape! If smokers and non-smokers get rights, we should too! Share this with all your vaper buddies and make sure they stand up for their right to vape!
Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 26) Chicago’s City Council is going to introduce an ordinance that would expand the city’s regulation of tobacco products to include ecigs. It would prohibit their use in smoke-free areas. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Will Burns and Alderman Edward Burke are backing the legislation. If the ordinance passes, Chicago would become the first major city to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.
As the negative effects of smoking have become widely known, smokers have become more and more stigmatized and marginalized. With secondhand smoke being a real danger, smokers are forced outside or away from other people to smoke. Some non-smoking people take this a step further and seem to actively despise smokers for their habit, not even considering that for most, it is an addiction formed early in life (as teens or, for some, even younger) when they may not have had the best of judgment. Smoking is looked down upon as risky, dirty, selfish behavior, whether those labels are warranted or not.
For those who might not be aware, the FDA just took another step closer to potential regulation of menthol cigarettes with their latest study. It cites that their minty taste makes it easier for people to start smoking. Menthol cigarettes account for one third of tobacco sales in the US.
If you didn’t know, today is “World No Tobacco Day”. This holiday is sponsored in part by the World Health Organization. The day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. If you’re on Twitter, follow #worldnotobaccoday to see what others are saying about it.