Senator Durbin of Illinois Proposes His Solution to Curb America's Addiction to Tobacco

Open Letter to Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Senator Durbin,
We look forward to hearing your solution to the over 75 million smoking related deaths in the United States and how you’ll curb the addiction of 45 million Americans.

It’s our understanding that your attempt to solve a problem is to attack an industry that is trying to solve the problem with a better product than is currently commercially available for customers. Vaping, has helped millions of Americans curb their addiction to tobacco cigarettes.

With relapse rates still hovering around the 75 - 80% level for smokers who try to quit and relapse within 6 months, we believe MORE needs to be done to curb this addiction. Chasing after another easy target is NOT the solution.

When you state, “we have made great progress in convincing kids not to start smoking cigarettes. They know that cigarettes kill and that, nowadays, it’s hard to find someplace where smoking cigarettes is even allowed. But, I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ cooked up by Big Tobacco to hook a new generation.” Do you even know who owns the largest vaping companies today? Have you done your research? Or are you just looking for easy votes in your jurisdiction? Even better yet, can you say with 100% certainty that you don’t receive any campaign funds from big pharma or other companies that pander to drugs that continue the vicious cycle of addiction?

If you choose to put the vaping industry on the defensive you should probably clear yourself first of your true intentions. As a company that knows thousands of smokers who have longed for something better to help them with their addiction, vaping has given them that hope. Banning flavors or attacking an industry you know very little about is a sorry solution to a problem that is probably too big for you to handle.

So again, we look forward to the SOLUTION you have to help curve the addition of millions of Americans. One last thought, did you ever consider tobacco cigarettes, that aren’t flavored, hasn’t really helped solve the problem?

We encourage you to seek a responsible solution and not look for low hanging fruit to serve your “base” of voters.

Signed,
Cali Steam