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Save vaping. Last chance. 

Save vaping. Last chance. 

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Oliver Kershaw

Oliver Kershaw

Founder of e-cigarette-forum.com and co-founder of vaping.com

Please contact your representative and senators today:  “Cole-Bishop” needs a push.

If you’re new to vaping, or even a relatively experienced vaper you might be unaware of just how many times vape has nearly been prohibited over the last 10 years, both in the US and internationally.

Vape survives today only because of the actions of thousands of people like you who step up when asked. Today is one of those days and CASAA has issued a call to action:

Call and urge your Senators and Representative to support Cole-Bishop's inclusion in the 2017 budget!

It's incredibly easy to find the contact details for your representative and senators:

For your representative, go here and enter your zip

For your senators, go here and choose your state

Talking points:

•Urge them to support the Cole-Bishop language in the 2017 US budget bill

•If the predicate date for vapor products is not modernized, nearly all vapor products will be wiped off the market in 2018. Many businesses will start closing down this year.

•The FDA will still have the authority to regulate vapor products and common sense regulations like no sales or marketing to minor will remain unchanged.

•If you have time, briefly, tell your story about how vaping has helped you.

When you’ve finished please visit CASAA’s Website, http://august8th.org to send an email with just one click!

Background

Last year the FDA issued its “Deeming regulation”,  which will see almost all vaping products removed from the market at some point next year. It’s a draconian move that shoehorns vapor products into tobacco regulations and treats them identically to deadly cigarettes.

The Cole-Bishop amendment is a bipartisan effort to ensure that the products that were on the market in August last year can remain on the market in the future.

Make no mistake, without this amendment, almost all vapor products, hardware and liquids will be gone at the end of next year.

If you want to be able to continue to vape the products you love, please do take action today!

  • mongo

    We're not criminals! We're vapers! We should be allowed a lifesaving choice! Cigarettes are costing taxpayers BILLIONS in medical debt. It's time for all of us to make a stand. The FDA has taken it too far.

  • Net Raider

    This is really sad when this country has a government that is so ignorant,self absorbed and only cares about one thing,their pocket and who pays them the most to do their dirty work. Until this country gets rid of EVERY last corrupt person in government it will always be like this.

  • Holly Aydelette

    The only reason I am able to quit smoking cigarettes in my little vapor machine here. It's been two and a half years since my 45 yr old smoking stopped thanks to vaping. There's no tar or chemicals in my vapor liquid. I don't know what I'd do without it.
    Gretchen Schultz

  • John Davis

    My letter to my Rep through his email service - some of the form letter with tweaks and my own backstory, please steal as you wish. Let's all hope he reads it and listens:

    Dear Representative XXXXXXXXX,
    As a voter in your district, I hope you may listen to my plea for support and hopefully co-sponsorship of HB1136, aka the Cole-Bishop amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations bill. If the 2007 predicate date for vapor products is not updated, 99% of the very low-risk products* used by millions of Americans to quit smoking will be wiped off the market in 2018. In fact, in advance of the looming deadline for prohibitively expensive premarket tobacco applications (PMTA), vapor manufacturers and retailers are already starting to close.
    The only companies that will have a chance at navigating the PMTA process are large tobacco and pharmaceutical companies. Even if they are able to get their products approved, this will still artificially limit the market to a few products. This is not a market in which independent retailers will be able to exist, and I rely on those independent retailers to remain smoke-free. The vast majority of these retailers are small businesses that serve, employ, and pay taxes to their local community.
    The last carton of cigarettes I bought was around eight years ago. A premium-discount brand, it was just over $48 - and I realized I was paying $50 per week to kill myself. At the same time, I'd been hearing radio ads for these new electronic cigarettes. In the following few days, I dived into researching online, reading whatever I could find. One of the places I found was e-cigarette-forum.com. I found out the ones advertised on the radio weren't very good, at least compared to what else was available - they were mostly a "cartridge subscription" scam from large companies. However, I found other models. After about 60 hours of such research, I purchased my first "Starter kit". I got home, opened the package, charged the battery, and when ready, assembled the device and tried my first vape. A few more puffs, and I tossed the pack of "analogs" onto my desk, and said that was the last.

    Of course it wasn't quite THAT easy, but far easier than for anyone else I've known who quit smoking. Over the next few months I'd still smoke on occasion. It even became a treat. When only using an e-cig for a few weeks or months(becoming a non-smoker), a random "analog" gave quite a head rush. In the following years I stuck to e-cigarettes, with the occasion 'bummed' cigarette, usually at a party with other smokers - and alcohol may have been involved. In a few stressful times I did buy an occasional pack of cigarettes. I felt like garbage afterword and would go back to e-cigs.
    A few years ago I came upon "Vaping"; the larger, higher-end versions of e-cigarettes. I have been completely TOBACCO free ever since. Most of the liquids I use now are very low in nicotine, if they contain any at all. The smell of "real cigarettes" I find repulsive, to the point I find myself having to leave aisles in the grocery store due to the lingering stench that a smoker has and leaves in their wake. Even so, I fear just how possible it could be that if vaping were taken away from me, I could still turn back to smoking.
    As a consumer of vapor products, it is vitally important to me that the diversity of quality products currently on the market is maintained. Millions of Americans like me have experienced remarkable and important health benefits by switching to these low-risk, smoke-free products. (You can read thousands of testimonials here: testimonials.casaa.org.) It should be a public health priority that millions more have access to the same experience.
    I look forward to your response on this issue. I, along with my fellow members of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association), thank you for considering these comments and urge you to support the Cole-Bishop amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations bill and HR 1136

    I thank you for your time,
    ____________________


    +E-cigarettes can and are being used to reduce and even end smoking.

    +If the predicate date for vapor products is not modernized, nearly all vapor products will be wiped off the market in 2018. Many businesses will start closing down this year.

    +The FDA will still have the authority to regulate vapor products and common sense regulations like no sales or marketing to minor will remain unchanged.

    +My lungs are clear, healthy, and better than they have been in almost 30 years.

    +Restricting or banning e-cigarettes CREATES a real and present danger to the public health of MILLIONS.


    *Independent report by Public Health England finds E-cigs at least 95% safer than smoking - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/457102/Ecigarettes_an_evidence_update_A_report_commissioned_by_Public_Health_England_FINAL.pdf

  • esmoker

    My state, PA, has made me a criminal unless I pay a 40% vape tax,
    causing US online vape retailers to not ship to PA since it creates more
    paperwork and headaches for them. They did this to help balance the PA
    budget off the backs of vapers and vape businesses because they saw it
    was a booming industry. This is nothing short of fraud and force.

    Therefore,
    why would I care what happens at the federal level with vaping, when I
    still have to be forced to pay a 40% tax since each state can set their
    own rules for taxes and such (which is a good thing, just bad in my case
    since PA is using excessive force and taxation)?


    No matter what, vaping will always and forever be classified as tobacco from here on out and therefore we will always and forever be subject to over-taxation and volatility at the whims of the fat cats who make money on us.


    Fug 'em all. I'm done with petitions and phone calls and emails. They don;t listen to you. If they stand to make money off you, they will do it. Don't be so naive to think we live in a country where govt works for you anymore. USA govt is a business at all levels from city to county to state to fed.

  • Kimberly Ann King

    If your going to Ban Vaping BAN cigarettes!! Point Blank......

  • Diane Fellner Scott

    Big tobacco is in the pockets of the lawmakers. That is the true reason they want to ban vape products. Law makers couldn't care less about our health (as Big Pharma is in their pockets as well, as evidenced by the continued Schedule of cannibis) and it's just about money. As long as money rules how laws are made, we little people don't stand a chance. I vape for fun. I have never smoked and don't use nicotine. I won't start the stinky sticks if vaping disappears, but as long as them sticks are legal, Tobacco and Pharma will be happy campers. People getting sick and dying from tobacco. They're perfect bedfellows....for the shareholders, that is.

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