I was a smoker of 30+ years. I smoked a pack a day and, for a few years, I smoked two packs a day. Almost two and a half years ago, I tried an e-cigarette and I stopped smoking and started vaping. Millions of smokers try to quit every year and fail. They try patches and gum and drugs, but none of it works effectively. Electronic cigarettes, however, have been exceedingly effective in smoking cessation. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to regulate e-cigs and I’m not keen on kids getting into vaping because of the candy-flavored juices, but that’s no reason to let a small group of puritanical zealots smash the one industry that smokers can count on to quit into little bits. After all, you don’t use a sledge hammer to put in a thumb tack. If anything, the e-cig industry has been looking for regulation, but you have to understand vaping is NOT smoking. You can’t just apply the same laws that are applied to cigarettes.
So, stand up and say something. The following is a message I received from Mt. Baker Vapor, my supplier of vaping products. What the CTFK is doing is fine, but e-cigarette juice is not tobacco and analog cigarettes have around 7,000 chemicals (which is 6998 more than in e-juice). There is no comparison, and vaping actually helps people actually quit smoking. Sure, nicotine isn’t great, but neither is caffeine, and yet Americans drink tonnes of the stuff every day.
As a customer of ours, we try not to overburden you with messages, but we have been making a concerted effort to try and help inform our consumers around the nation about important government developments that threaten your ability to use electronic cigarettes and other vapor products.
Today, longtime vaping opponent, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has assembled a call to action to urge President Obama to pressure the FDA to finalize their Tobacco Deeming Regulations. What has been failed to be mentioned is that if these regulations go into action, 99.9% of vapor products currently on the market will be gone within two to four years. These proposed regulations will have a crippling impact on businesses and consumers.
If you have not already done so, we urge you to please send an email to your Congressional representative and Senators and ask them to support and co-sponsor HR 2058, a bill that will stop the FDA from banning 99% of all vapor products.
The link [above] will take you to the CASAA blog where you will find all the information you need to contact the White House and let your voice be heard. Together we can show that the American people DO NOT support these regulations.
This only takes about 30 seconds and it’s the best resource we have for influencing the national conversation on vaping legislation. Please consider taking the time to send this important message!
Please be courteous and respectful at all times during your message. Ask that your representative support HR 2058 and be sure to share how vaping has made a positive impact on your life.
Thank you for your willingness to weigh in. It’s important for all adult consumers of electronic cigarettes and vapor products to help educate policymakers about vaping.
The Mt. Baker people are just trying run a business, provide a quality, American-made product, give great customer service, and all at the best prices around. And, no. They didn’t ask me to do this. I know a few dozen people who quit smoking through vaping. I’ve helped a few into it. I see thousands online, and I know that there are tens of thousands more whom I do not know, all who have used vaping to stop smoking. That’s a potential of hundreds of thousands of people who will no longer be murdered by the tobacco industry just for using their products.