Get involved: 3 easy ways to help stop the FDA vape ban
It’s been a tough year for the vaping community as a series of vicious attacks by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now leading us towards a total ban on the sales of vapor products by New Years Eve. It’s no longer just flavored e-liquids that are in jeopardy but vape mods, tanks, coils, and even those one-of-a-kind drip tips that we all know and love so well. If FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb gets his way, the ban could theoretically be in place within weeks.
Just this month, Chief Gottlieb added another 21 vaping companies to his internal investigation into teen vaping, making the total number of targeted retailers now standing at 26. Juul seems to be the main source of FDA ire, but now almost the entire vaping industry is under threat. According to Gottlieb, teen vaping in a national epidemic that will no longer be tolerated.
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He says that he’s trying to avoid a new generation of nicotine addicts, but he always fails to acknowledge that nicotine and combustible tobacco are two, very different things. One is a safe, non-toxic, naturally-occurring chemical found in potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes. The other causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Vaping, by the way, is 100% tobacco-free. Here’s 3 easy ways to get involved right now in the fight to stop the vape ban!
1. Sign the ‘Stop the Vape Ban’ petition online.
It seems like every other week someone is asking the American vaping community to sign some sort of new petition, but this one is truly crucial. The FDA’s latest investigation into teen vaping involving the 26 companies ends in less than a month. After that, there’s no stopping the FDA from using the results of the investigation – real or imagined – as “evidence” for the need of a nationwide online vape ban on all products.
Please sign the online petition Stop the Vape Ban. It only takes a few seconds. If you have a bit more time to spare, the petition also includes enough room for you to leave personal or professional comments. Share personal stories about how vaping and/or flavored e-liquids have changed your life by helping you to quit smoking. Tell the FDA that poor parenting practices rather than online vape sales are the primary reasons that teens are vaping illegally. Discuss the fact that teen smoking rates are plummeting in the meantime. Nothing is off limits.
2. Send an email or letter to the White House.
Did you know that Donald Trump is considering legislation that would legalize medical marijuana at the national level? It’s true, and even his arch nemesis Senate Minority Leader and longtime Democrat Nancy Pelosi is on-board. So why is his own Chief of the FDA constantly attacking vaping, which is nothing short of miraculous technology designed to save millions of lives through quitting smoking?
Chances are that Donald Trump doesn’t even know what vaping is or what’s at stake if the FDA were to ban all flavored e-liquids and online sales. Send POTUS an email via WhiteHouse.gov/contact. Or perhaps send good ole POTUS a tweet at @realDonaldTrump. Demand that he get his FDA Commissioner under control. Ask him how he can possibly support legalized weed while remaining silent against overregulation by Gottlieb that will essentially bankrupt the entire vaping industry. Remember, Trump HATES government regulation!
3. Contact your congressmen and congresswomen.
It’s not that hard. We promise. Simply travel online to WhoIsMyRepresentative.com, type in your zip code, and immediately learn the names and contact information of your local congressperson and two state senators. And no, you don’t have to take the time to write a handwritten letter, buy a stamp, and walk to the Post Office. Congressional officials have email, too! And this website will provide that information to you within seconds.
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