Not so long ago, Amazon was a pretty decent place to pick up vape gear, however, all that has now changed! Amazon has officially joined the anti-vaping crusade
Amazon DOES NOT like vaping. And it doesn’t want you buying vape gear on its platform.
It’s all been banned.
And this sucks.
It really angered me when this happened, so I decided to update this post in a bid to give you guys a better idea of what’s going on and what’s at stake if you care about vaping.
And it goes a little something like this…
The Orwellian overlords of the 21st century (Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook) really don’t like vaping.
They don’t want you doing it or promoting it. Hell, they won’t even take your money for it.
Why Did Amazon Ban Vape Product Sales?
Why are these commercial, publicly-traded companies turning their backs on a technology that has helped millions of people quit smoking?
Why are the likes of Google and Amazon effectively collaborating in the proliferation of smokers?
I decided to do a little research on why Amazon doesn’t allow the sale of vape products – products that contain ZERO nicotine, I might add – and I basically came up with the following conclusion:
Since the FDA likes to make up its own science and definitions, vape products are now considered tobacco products, despite not having ANY tobacco in them, and tobacco products are basically banned from everywhere these days.
Amazon is explicit in its view on vape products – sellers are 100% prohibited from selling vape products on its site. In any form whatsoever.
I’ve included a list of all the prohibited items below:
Examples of Prohibited Listings
- Tobacco, or any product that contains tobacco, such as:
- Blunt wraps
- Dipping tobacco
- Smokeless tobacco, including dissolvable tobacco
- Electronic cigarettes and related products (regardless of whether they contain nicotine):
- E-liquid juice, electronic cigarette juice, smoke juice, or similar refill liquids
- Electronic pipes
- Electronic cigars
- Nicotine nebulizers and similar products
- Accessories for such products, such as:
- New and replacement cartridges
- Smoke juice or similar refill liquids
- Nicotine inhalers or nasal sprays
You Cannot Buy Vape Gear On Amazon
Instead, you should use these retailers. They’re all awesome and the ones the VapeBeat team uses to get all of its gear.
Amazon Bans Vaping But Alcohol Is Okay!?
Here’s where things get a little weird.
You can’t buy a vape tank on Amazon. Simply because it’s a defined as a tobacco product – despite not having any traces of tobacco in it.
But, if you want to buy some booze on Amazon, you’re free to do so.
Does anyone else find this really bizarre?
Nicotine by itself (especially in the form of vapor) is about as dangerous as a can of coke or a coffee. Don’t believe me? Check out this study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Nicotine is the substance giving the subjective pleasure of smoking as well as inducing addiction. For the first time we report the effect on the rat of long-term (two years) inhalation of nicotine. The rats breathed in a chamber with nicotine at a concentration giving twice the plasma concentration found in heavy smokers. Nicotine was given for 20 h a day, five days a week during a two-year period. We could not find any increase in mortality, in atherosclerosis or frequency of tumors in these rats compared with controls. Particularly, there was no microscopic or macroscopic lung tumors nor any increase in pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. Throughout the study, however, the body weight of the nicotine exposed rats was reduced as compared with controls. In conclusion, our study does not indicate any harmful effect of nicotine when given in its pure form by inhalation.
Alcohol meanwhile kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. It also contributes massively to societal problems and puts major strain on ER rooms throughout the country every weekend.
Alcohol: A Necessary Evil We All Deserve
I don’t have a problem with people drinking. Hell, I love a good wine, IPA, and single malt.
But what I do take issue with, in the context of health and best practices by people like the FDA, is how booze constantly gets a pass when it does nothing of merit for society as a whole.
Booze companies sponsor the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and pretty much any other big event you can think of.
It’s the same with fast food and sugar-chemical drinks like Red Bull and Coke Cola.
They’re promoted and propagated everywhere. And people keep wondering why they’re getting fatter and sicker.
Vaping, on the other hand, STOPS people smoking. It actually does something positive. This is why smoking rates are at record lows.
So why the hell is the FDA hell-bent on regulating it out of existence in the US?
Big tobacco money? Big Pharma money?
I honestly couldn’t tell you for sure.
But one thing I do know is this: if you think the FDA cares about your well being just Google, “FDA Monsanto Revolving Door”.
It’ll tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the people involved at the higher levels of the FDA.