More than 10,000 people have signed a Change.org petition urging Facebook to change its definition of a tobacco product to exclude vaping products.
Started by Kevin Price, the petition gathered 10,072 signatures at the time of this report’s publishing. The petition is addressed to Facebook Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg and reads:
Vaping is NOT a tobacco product just because it contains Nicotine! Tell Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to change their definition of a tobacco product to NOT include vaping products. Vaping can help people quit smoking. We deserve to have our voices heard and this change needs to happen.
Many of the petitions’ commenters complained that Facebook’s decision to class vaping products in the same category as tobacco because they contain nicotine makes little sense when other products like cauliflower and eggplant also contain nicotine. Furthermore, there is a wide array of vaping products that contain no nicotine at all.Other commenters recounted their own experiences of vaping saying they believed the product saved their life by helping them to quit smoking.