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Sep 15

FDA Deeming Regs- An End to Vaping; but will it also end Fast Food Fries?

Will the FDA Deeming Regs actually catch ‘dangerous addictive nicotine’ in its snare?

 

On May 10, 2016; the FDA dropped its deeming regulations against the Vaping Industry. Citing their main concern was the underage sales, they put forth a complicated process referred to as the PMTA process in which no manufacturer will be able to afford, thus shutting down an entire industry by August 2018 unless something can be done to intervene.

Another driving argument is that one of the ingredients in the vapor devices is addictive. Nicotine. A naturally occurring process in plants. Many plants contain naturally occurring nicotine. Nicotine alone is not an addictive substance. However over the years, industries have found ways to make it addictive through chemical bonding.

If we look at the cocktail offered by the tobacco industry, we will find that there is in fact a combination that does make natural nicotine addictive.

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In 2005, for instance, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that animals self-administer a combination of nicotine and acetaldehyde, an organic chemical found in tobacco, significantly more often than either chemical alone. In 2009, a French team found that combining nicotine with a cocktail of five other chemicals found in tobacco — anabasine, nornicotine, anatabine, cotinine and myosmine — significantly increased rats’ hyperactivity and self-administration of the mix compared with nicotine alone thus leading to an addiction factor.

But our real story lies in one major plant. A plant that is eaten by millions daily. This plant is the common everyday potato. Potatoes contain approximately 5.6 mg of nicotine per serving. However it is not considered addictive even though it is also a plant derived nicotine just as what is used by the vaping industry.

But as the potato is processed something begins to happen. Fast food franchises rely on their ability to sell french fries to 10’s of millions of consumers daily. Potatoes are cheap to process and serve. Have you ever asked yourself what it is about ‘french fries’ that make them so good? Why is it that every time a fast food meal is served, you are almost guaranteed to order a side of fries. We’ve all heard that it is the salt. But that can not be a true statement. If it were simply a matter of sodium addiction, we would ‘salt’ every food product at home we have getting our fix.

Unfortunately in the preserving and processing process of fast food fries, there are two specific chemicals used.

The hydrogenated soybean oil used in ‘french fries’ contains TBHQ or tertiary butylhydroquinone, a type of butane that can have side effects such as nausea, vomiting and lowered estrogen levels. To defoam the oil, dimethylpolysiloxane is used. Dimethylpolysiloxane is a defoaming agent made from silicone. A silicon-based polymer, dimethylpolysiloxane is an ingredient in the toy, Silly putty. Both of these chemicals have the same chemical bonding as the ones that big tobacco companies use to bind nicotine.

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So ultimately the food for thought of the day should not be a side of fries; however it should be one that questions if the fast food industry will come under attack next by the FDA and millions of consumers lose their abilities to indulge on one of their favorite food items just as the vaping industry will be forced to be cut out of a solution that is 95 percent less harmful than smoking.