F#©k Politics. Save Lives.

F#©k Politics. Save Lives.

At first blush it may sound a little extreme. But when a government agency dedicated to protecting people is issuing policies that can actually harm them, and our elected officials are taking their marching orders from Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, is it really too extreme?

F#©k no!

Puppet Master #1: Big Tobacco

Big Tobacco has been in bed with members of Congress for years. The “friends with benefits” relationship is a simple one: Tobacco companies donate money to lawmakers, typically at reelection time. The catch? Those lawmakers are expected to sponsor and support laws that are favorable to the tobacco industry once in office.

If members of Congress are loyal to an industry that has given it more than $11 million in 2017 alone, might those lawmakers be inclined to suppress an industry that represents competition and is potentially damaging to the one that butters their bread?

The answer is “yes,” even when that competition offers a product that can potentially save many lives. That is how your government works, folks.

According to the World Health Organization, around 6 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses each year, 600,000 of them from secondhand smoke.

With its tobacco flavors (no actual tobacco is present), nicotine, and hand-to-mouth component, vaping has the potential to take many people off cigarettes for good. Hence, it’s counter to Big Tobacco’s and consequently our government’s interests as well.

Puppet Master #2: Big Pharma

Big Pharma is known for smoking cessation products like pills, patches, and gum. The effectiveness of these varies from individual to individual. With pharmaceutical interests having already donated nearly $28 million to members of Congress this year, that industry certainly has lawmakers’ ears.

Keep this in mind when you vote: Who’s really behind the decisions politicians make? Sometimes it’s a special interest that’s actively working against you.

Apart from voting carefully, the best thing to do is help spread the word about what vaping has done for you, your loved ones, and others.

We certainly plan to. It will save lives.

Who’s with us? Sound off below.

 

 

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  • Prodos Marinakis

    Very, very glad to see HALO’s fighting spirit!

    This article expresses the views, the understanding, and the justified anger many of us vapers have felt for a long time.

    We’ve watched in disbelief and disgust, the antics and fascistic delusions of the anti-vaping politicians, bureaucrats, fake “health” and fake “science” organisations.

    We’re asked to pretend that vaping should be treated like smoking, when it’s nothing like it. When in fact vaping solves the very problems which anti-smoking campaigners based their objections upon! So now these petty little social engineers want to move the goal posts? What a farce!

    We’re fed rubbish like the notion that vaping might “normalise” cigarette smoking, when in fact the very opposite is true! I’m sure I’m not the only vaper who’s had smokers come up to them to enquire further about vaping! Vapers DE-normalise smoking!!

    And what about the unscientific bulldust about potentially harmful substances within e-liquids ingredients? As if you can find one single gas, liquid, or solid ingested by humans anywhere in the world at any time in history that doesn’t have SOME portion of some “potentially” harmful substance within it.

    What’s not “potentially” harmful, what’s actually thoroughly harmful, are those who try to meddle in our lives and have no concern about our rights going up in … smoke.

    Vaporise the fascists!

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for reading. You make some great points!

  • Halo Admin

    Thanks, Jan! We’re glad to hear vaping has positively affected your life.

  • The anti-vapers are led by the idiots in our congress and our state houses, all of whom are motivated solely by greed as they remain in debt to the pro-killing tobacco industry which is bent on defeating it’s competition.

    Without name calling, the next time a smoker or anti-vaper spews BS at you regarding the pros of vaping, ask them why they don’t care about the lives of tobacco smokers.

    Vaping SAVES lives.

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for your comment, Nicole!

  • Anyone who says vaping is as bad as smoking has not been a former 2 pack a day smoker who vapes now! Rock on you guys, spread the word!!!!

    Spot.On.

  • Kathryn Provenzano

    There’s a huge misconception out there about vaping. I’ve had to explain to so many ppl out there that no, vaping isn’t worse than cigarettes, and no, it’s not full of poisons like formaldehyde, and no, bystanders wont absorb nicotine or chemicals by standing next to someone vaping. We need to educate people. I was a two-pack-a-day smoker for over 35 years, and vaping was the only way that I was able to quit. I’m with you Halo. F#@k Politics! and F#@K the tobacco industry for putting that propaganda out there! …Vaping saves lives.

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for your comment, Kathryn!

  • Halo Admin

    Thanks for your comment, Mia!

  • Halo Admin

    Thanks for your comment, George. We’re glad vaping has positively affected your life!

  • Halo Admin

    Today is the one year anniversary of the day the FDA’s Deeming Rule went into effect. We are taking a stand and making a pledge to call out the things we are seeing. We’re asking vapers and those that have been positively affected by vaping to pay close attention, follow the money when they see regulations that don’t make sense, and spread the word on what vaping has done for them.

  • Halo Admin

    We are taking a stand and making a pledge to call out the things we are seeing and we’re asking vapers to do the same. This includes paying close attention to what is happening, contacting your representatives when local, state, and national regulations are being introduced that are not right, and spreading the word on what vaping has done for you. Anti-vaping groups are loud and now we all need to be much louder.

    • CerenadeMe

      How do you get around the fact that literally everywhere they are trying to make nicotine the enemy? For instance, on life insurance applications, there used to be 2 different rates – tobacco and non-tobacco. Now they all read, ‘nicotine/non-nicotine.’ Furthermore, in places where cigarette smoking is banned – even in outdoor spaces, on sidewalks, alleys, etc. in an entire town, they include e-cigs and vapes. It makes NO sense! Nicotine is not the problem, tobacco is! Besides, many people aren’t even vaping with nicotine, AND, vapor is NOT smoke! 🙁

      • Halo Admin

        We agree! It doesn’t make sense!

  • Eric Baldridge

    I smoked for around 15 years. Starting when I was 15. Prob due to the cool thing to do and all the advertising from tobacco companies. I started to vape 7 years ago. No more cough or breathing problems at all. Saves me so much money this way and my health is so much better now. Have no clue why anybody would complain about vaping. It is the greatest thing to come out to help people quit tobacco and it’s harmful chemicals. Get rid of tobacco once and for all. Would never smoke another cigarette again in my life.

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for commenting. We’re glad to hear that vaping has had a positive outcome on your life!

    • Su’ana Mompittseh

      Same here, but for 30 years. I have been vaping for about 5 years now, and no more cough here too…I can walk up a mountain trail now with no short breath.

      • Halo Admin

        Thanks for your comment!

      • M Gullatt

        That is my story too. Except I live in Dallas/Ft. Worth. No mountain trails :-). I don’t like flavors so I use Torque 56 and it is just like smoking a cigarette.

  • Capt Donna

    Exactly Jen four + years vaping. Your comment is SO similiar to mine! No more 4 + times a year bronchitis, sinus infections etc Hubby who still smokes (now of course anytime I’m subjected to anyone’s smoking, Hubs included) I get massive sinus headaches. Keep putting the FACTS out HALO BT and BP are in the pockets. ONLY way this will change is to VOTE in Pro-Vaping. Do your research, question your REPRESENTATIVES.

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Halo Admin

    Thanks for commenting.

  • Su’ana Mompittseh

    I agree with what most people have said here, and will add, VAPING PREVENTS FIRES. Most of the wild fires where I live are started when someone flicks a lit cigarette butt out the window while driving down the road.

  • Carrie Sais Burton

    Haven’t even wanted to smoke since I started vaping. It really surprises me when I hear people criticize me and say I’ve traded one bad habit for another. I’m 68 years old, and smoked on and off ~ mostly on ~ most of my adult life. I have been vaping for almost 4 years and when my doctor found out I got a big hallelujah!

    I shared the above article on facebook and twitter. Need more people speaking up! Most of our current government serve themselves ~ not us, so I don’t expect they are too happy about all the lost revenue their major contributors are complaining about. Ask me if I care. NO!

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for sharing!

  • F#☺k Politics! Do your thing, I’ll vape mine.

  • Mark

    I come from a long line of smokers in family. When I grew up it wasn’t uncommon for parents to smoke in the house, on long car rides and, of course, in restaurants. Cigarettes were omnipresent, and by the time I was 15 years old I was a smoker myself, happily inhaling smoke into a pair of lungs that had been exposed to second-hand smoke since childhood.

    For 24 years I was a smoker. That’s nearly a quarter century of inhaling smoke into lungs that are probably black by now. But I loved it. I’d start the day with a smoke and a coffee, and I’d have that last cigarette at the end of my day.

    I just couldn’t find the will power. And then, finally, I found something that helped me quit for good.

    Vaping!

    Vaporizers have been around for a few years now. The nicotine delivery system is a harm reduction strategy,
    found to be 95 per cent less harmful than actual cigarettes according to most scientific research. There are only four ingredients — vegetable glycerin, artificial flavor, propylene glycol and nicotine. By comparison, cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are cancer-causing compounds and another 400 are considered toxic.

    Put simply, there really is no basis to compare the two products except to say that both are inhaled by the consumer. Oh, one other thing: governments across North America are passing legislation that equates the two as both being a public health hazard for its citizens.

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  • ZZ

    I had a heart attack in May of 2016. I was a two pack a day smoker since I was 16 so about 30 years. I wanted to light up as soon as I got out of the hospital. My daughter, a militant non-smoker, had flown in from Georgia ( I was in Michigan at the time) and I just couldn’t do it to her. She had read a lot about vaping as an alternative so we went directly to a vape store. The transition from smoking to vaping was so surprisingly almost painless after a couple weeks of trying different ejuices. ( Thank God for Tribeca!!) Now she tells me, just the other day, that the nicotine I vape will cause me to have a second heart attack. I started vaping at 18 mgs and am now down to 6, about to go to 3. so I was hurt that she would say something like that , disregarding the fact that I had worked very hard to quit smoking in the first place, and how I had continued to go down in nicotine strength. I’m doing the best that I can, but yes, I love vaping about every flavor Halo offers (Halo fan to the core. I vape nothing else but their eliquids) First of all, to say I AM going to have another heart attack because of the nicotine in vaping, to me, made me want to snap “DId you get this information from a fortune cookie, or did you consult a professional psychic ?” but I kept my mouth shut other than to reiterate the fact that I had continuously cut down my nicotine strength. Is she right? I don’t know. It’s something I need to research but from the little I have read about nicotine use only is that it does constrict the arteries but not in a permanent way. Once the effects of the nicotine wears off,they expand again. Also, that the plaque build up is caused by diet and smoking builds the plaque as well. I could be wrong though. Anyone know this information out there?

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for sharing your experience! On 7/28, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made a statement about the FDA taking a comprehensive approach to nicotine and tobacco. He stated “…the nicotine in cigarettes is not directly responsible for the cancer, lung disease, and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.” You can read his full remarks here: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Speeches/ucm569024.htm

      • ZZ

        Thank you !! I’m going to email this website to my daughter as well 😉

  • Aaron V McDevitt

    Former smoker, current vaper. Also compete in about 60 bicycle races every year, category 1/2 or 2/3. Won a race last month. Pretty sure I couldn’t race with the highest level amateur cyclists in Northern California if I was still a smoker.

  • Alicia

    I smoked approximately 2 packs of cigarettes a day starting at the age of 15. I just resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be able to quit and smoking may very well just have to kill me in order for me to stop.
    25 years later on my 40th birthday I switched to vaping and never felt the need to pick up another cigarette. 6 years later and I’ve never looked back. I’m sure many who were once die hard chain smokers will agree…if I can do it ANYONE can do it. ????

    • Halo Admin

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Lydia

    I smoked for some 45 years. Quit once for 12 years, but craved cigarettes every day of those years and subsequently started again. I wasn’t even thinking of quitting, but then saw a friend of mine vaping and asked about it. On a whim I checked it out. To my utter surprise it took me only 2 weeks and 12 1/2 cigarettes later to quit completely. I put out that last cig 1/2 way through because it was just disgusting and haven’t touched another one. I still have two packs of cigarettes in my freezer, just in case, but there is no turning back. Vaping is it for me and it is surely a life saver. F#@k politicians who are bought and paid for by corporations and keep your grubby hands off my vapes.

    • Halo Admin

      Thank you for sharing your story, Lydia!