i started vaping deliberately. I knew I had to take an anti-anxiety med so I did some research and found out they were basically all awful. They’re all addictive, they all have really nasty side effects, they’re all hard on your organs. There was one exception though. The least damaging one with the fewest side effects was also one of the most powerful AND the fastest acting and it was non-prescription: Nicotine. I’d been a smoker in college and cigarettes very nearly killed me. I managed to stop smoking only because the damage was so bad I could literally no longer smoke. E-cigarettes changed that though. Not all the problems were gone. It was still addictive, but it was something I already knew was effective for me, and side effects were near zero. Plus it wouldn’t kill me. So I jumped on the band-wagon It seemed at the time the best safest choice. Now it’s starting to look like the rug is about to be pulled out from under me and 22 million other people. Americans have been using nicotine to control anxiety problems for a long long time. Now it is going to be removed, mostly for profit. I can’t go back to cigarettes. I will die. What I’m worried about now, is when the stuff stops being cheaply available there’s going to be a massive massive surge of mental illness in the US. Anxiety problems are one of the most common mental ailments there is. Something like 1/3rd of people have anxiety problems. A lot of smokers who can’t seem to quit have that problem because when they lose their medication they GET anxiety problems. Even worse, people who didn’t have anxiety problems may now GET them. It looks like I’m going to have to opt for a lower quality med. it’s going to change my medication regimen, it’s not unlikely the first one or two I try won’t even work, because that’s how these thing are, and the meds are going to cause other problems in my life. How many people won’t though? How many people are going to flush marriages, lose jobs, or have their lives destroyed because they never knew they even had an anxiety problem, they were just smokers? How many people who didn’t have these problems are now going to for years to come? There are going to be people who aren’t willing to seek medical help and simply tough it out. It’s going to be chaos. Nicotine is calming and helps with focus. People are going to lose that. Some high stress professions have a very high percentage of smokers. Those jobs may become undoable for a lot of people. Increases in rage based crime may rise dramatically. Some professions may experience much higher turnover. It could be a real mess. Just because some exceptionally rich people want to stay exceptionally rich. This whole thing makes me angry.