-GoBengals- Posted September 27, 2019 Report Share Posted September 27, 2019 Its not often that you are faced with the corruption and darkest side of politics to the point of it costing you your job, your families main income, and potentially wrecking a large circle of friends livelihood. Some may recall I ended up with a job in the E-Cig industry. I started to web and graphics, worked into marketing and sales manager, and am currently the operations director for the company(as of 6 weeks ago). My climb was a result of the owners wanting to do less and less of the day to day things, and me being good at those day to day things. I have been very successful here, and I have never had more fun in my life, the confidence in myself, my skillset and having a passion for helping employees grow and improve and growing the companies footprint and revenue, all have been a really good time. Losing this would devastate me mentally and crush my family financially. I bring in 75% of the household income, cost of living continues to increase, I was forced to get a new car recently so that expense has been added as well, (replaced an accord with an accord). So back to the topic. Im sure everyone has seen the "epidemic" of vaping across the country. This is where things get very hairy. The youth vaping epidemic is complete bullshit. Fabricated numbers, lying to parents, students, etc. I started working with the local school district (largest in the state) educating them on vaping, giving them product examples, what to look for as far as hidden devices. I wanted to be a responsible member of the community, I also dont want kids vaping, kids vaping is the ONLY threat to my industry. So once the person i was working with went to the board, and they found out I worked in the vape industry, they cut all ties with me, returned the examples i gave them, and refused to speak with me any further. I was upfront and 100% educational. That was blow #1 to the world i lived in, the school system is turning away someone trying to help them. I get the potential conflict of interest thoughts, but i was giving them items they had never seen as they hit the market so shorten their learning curve. I gave them one device and they were like "OH MY GOD IVE SEEN THESE" having no idea it was a vape device. How am i not helping? so lets fast forward to these "vaping" deaths. There are a few things here that are facts and all of which are ignored. 1. not a single death was from vaping, 100% of the deaths were from THC cartridges where the thc oil was extracted using vitamin e acetate, which is extremely harmful if inhaled, this is ONLY found in THC cartridges. 2. THC cartridges are not vaped, even tho they are same same hardware, thc cartridges are filled with oil, so its a heat-to-burn system, and vaping is a heat-to-vapor system, so essentially inhaling steam with flavoring and nicotine. so the thc still isnt even vaping. 3. People are being encouraged to lie about their use, one guy admitted he was told to say he only used flavored nicotine products, ever, and there are endless photos on his social media smoking thc carts, blunts, etc. he said dr oz and governor in michigan encouraged him to say he only used ecigs. there are screen shots of his conversations admitting this. lets circle back to the kids. when i first went to the district, they shared the stats from a survey they did, it was in depth, whoever did wanted to know the truth of the situation. it asked hve to ever vaped, have you vaped in the last 30 days, have you vaped 0-1 times in the last 6 months/yr, 2-5., 5-10, 10-20, 20+ . etc. getting great info. most everyone had tried vaping, and less than 3% were vaping regularly according to the stats. my son sends me a pic or copy of every survey he gets also so i see the progression. now the last one they did, only asked: Have you ever vaped? have you ever seen a classmate vape? have you ever tried a cigarette? then some about drugs. then a few weeks later the school sent out some numbers where something like 70% kids were vaping, and also something like 80% of kids who vaped, also tried cigarettes. whereas before it was 70% tried once, 8% tried up to 10 times, and under 1% vaping regularly. boy those vague numbers are much scarier arent they? they are the ones on the news. my son says almost no one vapes, he knows of maybe 5 kids who vape semi regularly. my youngest, in middle school, has never seen anyone vape. so i went to the high school parent meeting about vaping. i wont get into the misinformation and lack of understanding of the products. but i spoke with the security guy at the high school, he was standing by the "this is what we have confiscated" pile on display.. i asked how many items per day/week they confiscate. he said oh maybe 10-15 per year... PER YEAR.. keep in mind some of these are taken from kids who are 18 in high school and allowed to be vaping legally, just not on school grounds. there is absolutely NO epidemic. none. Our public school system is pathetic, and getting funds from the state to hire these counselors and they are creating panic to increase funding. the lady i talked to said the marijuana task paid for her job and they wanted to hire a few more. she was oblivious to the fact that she was pointing out they need to create problems to get funding to have those jobs, those counselors also run lunch duty, bus duty, recess duty, help at sports, etc. the schools are using counselor labor funded by fake panic to get free employees. they arent affecting anything our kids are doing, they dont even understand what they are doing. so now comes the conspiracy part where it starts sounding like im a crazy person. i am very against government conspiracy theories. but these are sort of obvious to me. there was a huge lawsuit from tobacco companies and the government. established from this was MSA funding per state based on smoking in the states, some states its hundreds of millions per year. some states took out loans on these future payments to pay for other things. Vaping has caused those funds to get lower. some states are having issues paying back those loans with lowered funds. every single one of the top 5 states who receive those funds, has banned vaping in the past 2 weeks. every single one. did politicians just ban a safer alternative to tobacco to ensure people are smoking to ensure they get their state funds? it certainly appears so. oh also, if anyone is on the fence about if vaping is actually safer, in Europe they have started adding vape shops to hospital lobbies to encourage people to stop smoking and start vaping, google it, there are photos, they established that vaping is 95% safer that smoking. same with the new england journal of medicine and countless others. We have customers in our retail stores all day that had their doctor send them in to stop smoking, from 25 to 90 yr olds. we have had dughters of 70-80 yr olds come bring us muffins and cookies and thanked us for helping them quit after decades of smoking, we had a guy come back in with a loaf of pumpkin bread for our staff and started tearing up that he could taste his wifes pumpkin bread for the first time in 30 years and wanted us to taste some too. vaping seems like a douchebag industry and a bad thing and all that, i get the optics, but i have never worked anywhere with a more positive impact on peoples lives than in this industry. and state government and maybe the FDA, will be selling out citizens health and lives for free money from tobacco settlements oh and taxes, dont forget NY and their tobacco taxes they started missing out on. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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