Posted: March 18, 2022 12:01 AM
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In his State of the Union (SOTU) speech, President Joe Biden spoke about the decades-long opioid epidemic. By doing so, he became only the second president to outline some sort of plan to tackle death due to overdose. Between April 2020 and 2021, more than 100,000 Americans died of overdose. More importantly, Biden acknowledges an important key to tackling the crisis: loss reduction. He commented that the United States must “increase funding for prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery.” Damage reduction is vital to dealing with the opioid epidemic, but it should also be applied to a more serious epidemic: smoking. Unfortunately, the efforts of the American Public Health Agency and billionaire social workers refuse to acknowledge the reduction in tobacco harm. Each year, an estimated 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related diseases such as flammable cigarettes and health-related diseases. That’s nearly five times the number of Americans who die in overdose. Although the United States has made progress in tackling the epidemic – the smoking rate among adults has dropped by 32.6 percent, from 22.7 percent in 1995 to 15.3 percent in 2020 – millions of Americans still smoke today. Unfortunately, Biden’s own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a widespread misinformation campaign affecting lawmakers across the country, have actively blocked adult smokers from accessing legal tobacco loss reduction products. At all times, deadly combustible cigarettes are available for retail sale In 2021, the FDA ordered the denial of marketing of nearly one million flavored e-cigarette products. The FDA’s denials are based on a lack of evidence that adults use these products “to address the public health risks posed by good documentation, the alarming level of use of such products by young people.” These denials were issued on products that were, according to the company’s own standards, available for sale from August 8, 2016 – or two years before the supposed “youth vaping epidemic”. Surprisingly, after all these denials, the FDA approved a revised risky tobacco order – drink it – combustible cigarettes. The FDA is not solely responsible for removing adult access to safe loss reduction products. Former mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has spent more than বিল 1 billion on tobacco smoke, where he has spent millions of dollars evaporating tobacco-reducing products. Bloomberg has long funded an anti-tobacco campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). The former NYC mayor was one of the recipients of an initial $ 125 million grant in 2006 to fund the “Global Campaign Against Smoking.” The anti-child smoking campaign has become a battle against tobacco-reducing products for adults. . In 2018, CTFK spent about $ 2 million and Bloomberg spent $ 1.8 million campaigning for Proposition E in San Francisco, which banned the sale of flavored tobacco and steamed products. Interestingly, this taste ban has actually led to an increase in tobacco cigarettes. Smoking in the city. Between 2017 and 2019, current flammable cigarette use among San Francisco High School students increased by 38.3 percent. Nevertheless, Michael Bloomberg supports the reduction of opioid damage – as the main source of funding for Vital Strategies (VS). VS greatly reduces anti-tobacco damage but reduces pro-opioid damage. In its 2019 Annual Report, VS e-cigarette maker highlights its investigative journalism reports on JUUL and at the same time mentions that it “supports the red damage reduction approach.
Despite Bloomberg’s Billions Billions Fooling You, loss reduction shouldn’t just be applied to America’s opioid epidemic. The first populist press appeared in 22 2022.