April 1 is April Fools’ Day and it also marks the 26th annual Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action hosted by the nanny-state organization Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).
The prohibitionist nonprofit uses the day as a “signature platform for empowering people to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry.” Having its event on April Fools’ Day is only appropriate considering the foolish science it’s peddling to prevent people from using tobacco harm reduction products.
Regrettably, in its mission to take down tobacco, CTFK is harming adult smokers who rely on tobacco harm reduction products. Indeed, in the picture on official Take Down Tobacco Day are teenagers holding signs with wording such as “1 pod = 1 pack” and “Fight Flavored Tobacco.” Further in the article, CTFK blames the tobacco industry for “[peddling] a wide range of addictive and dangerous products,” including e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and heat-not-burn products.
Despite the misinformation CTFK continuously spouts, Big Tobacco did not create vapor products to lure children. In fact, vaping technology is a consumer-driven technological revolution that was the answer to the cigarette problem. The very first e-cigarettes were introduced to the U.S market in 2007 and in 2009, and “neither Reynolds nor Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA” were marketing e-cigarettes.
Lindsey Stroud – Issues & Insights – 2021-04-01.