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The ‘Right To Vote’ Campaign: Everything You Need To Know

When the FDA imposed harsh regulations on the production, sale and use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, it sent shockwaves through the industry, hailed elsewhere in the world as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes. Not only is the FDA likely to cause the industry millions of dollars, but the knock-on effect will impact on the consumer directly.

All vaping brands and producers must adhere to strict guideline set out by the FDA, and undergo stringent compliance procedures which could cost up to £3m per product. Inevitably, many brands will simply not be able to stump up this sort of money and will cease to be. A study team at the Centre for Substance Use Research revealed that 15% of e-cigarette users, who have previously used the devices to move away from tadeonal tobacco products, would resume smoking if their preferred vaping brand was no longer available under the FDA’s rulings, a disastrous result for public health.

This is just one example of the collateral damage the FDA is likely to have, but there are many organizations and groups who are rallying against the rulings. The American Vaping Association, Americans for Tax Reform and Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association have come together to form the “Right To Vape” campaign, which seeks to negotiate with the FDA. The campaign is currently on tour, and has a host of sponsors rallying behind the cause, whose main purpose is to educate on the benefits of switching from smoking to vaping. The tour is led by “a coalition of small businesses, consumers, trade associations and public policy organizations”, and will feature an array of press conferences and rallies at each stop-off.

State Affairs Manager at American for Tax Reform Paul Blair is just one of the individuals involved in the campaign. He has stated the tour is aimed at both the public and local lawmakers, and by presenting reliable research results they can hope to see at least some repeal of the FDA rulings.

So what can you do to get involved with the campaign?

The tour itself is a great insight into what the campaign is doing, and will offer more information on the best ways to be actively involved with Right To Vape, so one of the first steps is to check it out. The tour will be stopping through:

  • Nevada
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania

On the campaign website, there are steps advised to all those who want to get more involved with the campaign:

Keep Involved On Social Media

Social media is one of the most powerful tools at our disposable in the modern age, with the capability of sending an idea viral in a short space of time, and speaking to audiences of millions without having to travel. Getting involved with a Right To Vape conversation, using hashtags and retweeting or sharing is one of the simplest ways to spread the message.

Sign Up To Newsletters

Anyone interested in the campaign is also asked to give their email for regular updates, including new tour dates and the campaign’s progress.

Email Your Member Of Congress

Congress are the ones who hold the power when it comes to making important decisions that have an impact on both public health and economy, so these are the people that need to be convinced.  Making noise about vaping helps to bring the topic to their attention, which will then hopefully leave them open to hear more about the positive research results that e-cigarettes and vaping has from across the world. Recently in Charleston, Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association has urged “we need people who have had their lives changed by vaping to contact Senator Joe Manchin, other members of the delegation here in West Virginia and tell them that this product saves your life and that you want it to stay around.”

Donate

Trying to bring about change is never easy, it takes time and it takes money. Right To Vape are giving the supporters the option to donate as little as $10 to keep the campaign rolling.

Have you been involved with the Right To Vape campaign? Tell us what you’ve been doing in the comments or on social media.

References

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/292542-unintended-consequences-of-the-fdas-e-cigarette-regulations

http://www.vapingpost.com/2016/09/08/right-to-vape-a-new-us-campaign-urging-lawmakers-to-reconsider-the-fdas-deeming-rule/

https://www.righttovape.org/

http://wvmetronews.com/2016/10/24/right-to-vape-tour-makes-a-stop-in-charleston/

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