Smoking, Vaping, Nicotine? Food for Thought


Today, I was browsing through articles on Google to see what the latest vaping news might be when I found a mildly disturbing article. Because of the possible implications for vaping, I wanted to share this with you. Granted, it isn’t so much about vaping as about cigarettes, but this info could well impact the vaping industry. It’s an editorial entitled FDA Should Limit Nicotine in Cigarettes, Tobacco”.

The article is on the website of The Herald in Everett, Washington, and it was written by their editorial board. In it, the writers discuss a recent FDA announcement stating that it wants to greatly reduce the amount of nicotine they’ll allow cigarette manufacturers to put into their products.

The addictive drug that enslaves so many people to cigarette addiction is nicotine. The FDA hopes that by removing the majority of nicotine from all tobacco products, they’ll stop many smokers from ever wanting to light up again. Furthermore, their expectation is that lower nicotine content will keep many other folks from ever becoming addicted in the first place. Though nicotine is the addictive component inherent in all cigarettes, it isn’t nicotine that causes cancer and the other myriad of maladies brought on by nicotine addiction. What makes the smoker sick, often fatally so, is the conglomerate of other chemicals resident in cigarette smoke.

Many of these other chemicals are extremely toxic, while nicotine has not been found to be carcinogenic. Conversely, nicotine research  suggests that it may be medicinally useful to treat Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and other dreaded illnesses.

Interestingly, the U.S. government has stated that at least 69 of the over 250 harmful chemicals produced in cigarette smoke cause cancer. The lion’s share of deadly chemicals in cigarette smoke comes from tar, a substance created when tobacco is burned. It’s this nasty, noxious residue that sticks to walls, furniture, draperies, and even a smoker’s teeth.


Vapers will need to take some of the statements in the Herald’s article with a grain of salt. The writers claim that there is mounting evidence that vaping contains chemicals that cause medical problems.

We must take exception to that statement, as we have found no reputable studies that have discovered sound evidence that vaping is harmful – or anywhere near as harmful as cigarette smoking.

The article goes on to state the writers’ belief that many smokers will actually appreciate the newly proposed regulations so they can quit. “Huh?” (She said, scratching her head…) Since when has anything anyone ever attempted to stop an addict from procuring his or her drug of choice actually worked? One way or another, an addict will get what he or she needs.

But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater quite yet. There are other interesting and notable bits of information in the editorial, such as:

“Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, more than opioid and other illegal drug use, alcohol, homicide, suicide, AIDS and auto accidents — combined. Smoking also costs the nation some $300 billion a year in health care spending and lost productivity, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, told The Washington Post.” Wow!

Whether or not new regulations on nicotine levels will prevent smokers from indulging their craving, I cannot say for sure. However, I doubt it will work out the way the FDA might intend.


Great Caesar’s ghost, Superman! Sounds a little like prohibition, doesn’t it? I think we all know how that turned out. (Insert frowny face here!) We can only hope that the intention is good and that someone, somewhere will benefit from it.

Our concern is that the government considers vaping to be a tobacco product, even though vape juice may have no tobacco in it at all. (Some vape nicotine comes from other natural plant sources.) Therefore, we have to wonder how far the FDA will go to regulate nicotine levels in e-liquids?


Will lowering the allowable levels of nicotine in cigarettes help smokers kick the habit? Will lessening a smoker’s satisfaction knock the teeth out of tobacco addiction? Will it prevent others from becoming smokers? How would such a regulation affect vapers and the vaping industry? Is this just another whack-a-doodle ploy by the powers-that-be to exercise more control over – well, everything? Or does the idea have merit? Give us a shout out and let us know how YOU feel about the FDA’s recent announcement.

The article is fairly short and it’s readable. So check it out. We’d be interested to know your thoughts on the subject. Here’s where you’ll find it:

Just don’t let it ruffle your feathers or ruin your day. Stay calm and vape on! And don’t forget to leave your comments below.




  1. ralphpersico60

    Hi Sharon, great blog and information. I smoked for 37 years straight until vamping came along. I love vaping and totally support it. One of the best things about vaping is that in regards to picking my own nicotine level in eliquid I was also free to reduce my nicotine levels when I felt it was time too. When I started vaping I used 24my of nicotine. After my first year of vaping and changing to advanced vaping devices I cut my nicotine level down to 6mg, I have been vaping for 5 years, the last 4 strictly vaping.
    So this just gives me sound reasons to know if the FDA controls and forces nicotine levels they will in no doubt be hurting more than helping. In most addiction cases a taper down needs to be done. Just cutting down nic levels using a drastic “cold turkey” method won’t work and can hurt people more then it can help.
    The bottom line is this is plain and simple government control. They really don’t care about people and our health. The FDA is only apart of a big monetary machine that feeds on power, greed, money and lies and they have no right to tell any person what they can and cannot consume weather its bad or good for us.

    • Sharon Wright

      Hi, Ralph;

      So sorry that I didn’t see your comment for a while. Don’t know how I missed it, but I sure did. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your comments. Here’s a real big “Thank You” for joining the conversation!

  2. Iain haigh

    This is very insightful & I believe lowering the nicotine level will in fact help with addiction in the first place, Big tobacco profits from death due to smoking cigarettes and the harmful chemicals they possess. I will always support vaping and it’s cause for a healthier lifestyle & alternative to smoking.

    • Sharon Wright

      Hi, Iain! So glad to hear from you. We really appreciate you and everyone who supports vaping. Thanks for expressing your thoughts on the article. Let’s all hope the immeasurable suffering caused by cigarettes is soon curtailed. Too many have died already.

  3. Sharon Wright

    You’re right, Donovan. We’ve gotta stick together and let the masses know the score. A loud outcry from enough people to get the message out – that’s what we need. Thanks for joining us!

  4. Donovan Sutton

    Great article, I think the FDA is going about this all wrong. Big tobacco is so deep in their pockets that if the vape community doesn’t ALL rally together in a positive manner to show that this is proper and healthier way to get people to quit it’s going to be a bumpier road than we’d all like.

  5. CaptainNasty

    Love it… really gets your mind runnin real well… I myself have advocacy for vapin in my blood… there for very prejudice against anyone smoking form of nicotine due to knowledge of additives and such!

    • Sharon Wright

      We’re staying tuned to see what happens on this one, Captain Nasty. Let’s all keep hoping that folks realize the truth about vaping and recognize the hazards of smoking. My mom died from smoking cigarettes and I hate ’em with a passion. Vape on!

  6. Sharon Wright

    Hi, Brandon. Thank you for joining the discussion. I have to agree, vaping could help so many people. Vape on!

  7. Brandon

    Great job on this article. I don’t think that lowering the nicotine will do much justice. As most people already think that if they switch to a light or ultra light cigarette that they are getting less nicotine. Which is untrue. I think if the fda could promote saver alternatives to smoking such as “Vape Products” smokers would have much better results in possibly ending their Addiction to combustible tobacco

  8. Maynard Martin

    I’m 50\50 on this one. I myself vape and always thought nicotine levels were designed to eventually ween ourselves off it altogether. I no longer smoke but if it helps someone by lowering the level….then who knows. Great article and topic.

    • Sharon Wright

      Thanks, Maynard! I always love to hear other’s opinion on the articles I write. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens, while we all hope folks can overcome the dangerous habit of cigarette smoking. So glad to hear that you have. Congrats!

  9. Sarah Beth

    What a great article! Sharon is such a good writer. Makes it easy for us to understand some of the topics us as vapers may be scratching our heads about. Keep it up!!

    • Sharon Wright

      Thanks for chiming in, Sarah! I truly appreciate your compliments! Keeping it up is my plan and I’m working on a new article now. Stay tuned…


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