Is Your Representative Pro or Anti Vaping?
With elections just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about who you will be supporting. E-cigarettes are still a hot topic among lawmakers and the general public alike. With the FDA regulations still looming large and potentially further taxation coming to more states, you need to know what your political representatives believe about vaping. That is why we’ve compiled this list of the heroes and villains of the vaping world.
California Rep. Duncan Hunter
Dunk the e-cig hunk has made a name for himself through his unequivocal support of e-cigarettes. Duncan was even vaping in February this year during a debate over a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee amendment which would ban vaping on planes. In the debate he said “this is the future” before encouraging them to vote with him by saying “for freedom’s sake.” In a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Hunter said “e-cigarettes are a suitable alternative to cigarettes, and they could very well save my life.”
Alabama Rep. Robert Anderholt
Alabama is one of the states which stands to lose a lot if more Americans switch to e-cigarettes. This is why the state has already introduced its own taxes but Anderholt is not thinking about money. He has consistently been one of the leading voices in opposition to the FDA’s new regulations.
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
Upton is the most powerful hero on our list. He is Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – holding this position has given him a lot of influence on Capitol Hill. He has written letters attempting to change the pre-approval date on FDA regulations. He suggested it should be April 2014 when the regulations were first suggested.
Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General
Tom has continually pushed for e-cigarettes to be recognized as a safer alternative to smoking. Last year he put a statement on his website that opened with “the harm of the combustible cigarette is dramatically greater than the harm of the e-cigarette.” He then went on to say, “People making misstatements about e-cigs have the best of intentions to keep kids from being addicted to nicotine”. He added, “But adults misleading kids to get them to do what we want has always been a failed strategy.”
Indiana Rep. Andre Carson
Not only did Andre support ant-vaping legislation while in the House, he has also made claims around the FDA regulations. He said, “With the impending grandfather date of electronic cigarettes looming, small business throughout Indianapolis, and the United States at large, are at perceived risk of a crippling prohibition of their product. I believe this risk to be heftily overstated.” He says this without looking at the facts or the effects that are currently happening. He also seems to have abject disregard for anyone working in the industry.
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown
Spreading misinformation is one of the worst things in the e-cigarette world because it can put smokers off trying these products. Sherrod Brown said, “E-cigarettes are the new frontier in tobacco companies’ quest to get kids addicted while they are young.” Most e-cigarette companies are not owned by big tobacco. If anything, the FDA rules favor big tobacco owned e-cigarettes. Misinformation like this makes the industry look irresponsible which it is not.
Utah Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield
Back in February, Paul Ray sponsored HB333. This sound innocuous but it was actually an attempt to raise taxes on e-cigarettes by 86% in Utah. This was not his first e-cigarette attack; for several years he has vocally called for more taxes and stricter regulation. To get this bill more support they actually bussed in high school kids. However, if you take a look at that news story you will see the only people pictured are pro-vaping. It again shows the lengths anti-vaping politicians will go to in order to get their own way.
If your local representative isn’t on here, you can look them up on this website. Here you will also find their contact details. Make sure you write to them, phone them and email them to pass on the positive benefits of vaping. Only through public pressure will the misguided representatives begin to support this burgeoning industry.
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