Help Senator Johnson help us!
The American Vaping Association is collecting information from vape shops, e-liquid manufacturers, and other vaping related businesses, to deliver to Sen. Ron Johnson. Johnson will use the information to help continue his fight for the vaping industry in the senate.
Sen. Johnson has been the only member of Congress to directly challenge the FDA on the deeming regulations. He has demanded answers from the agency, and spoken publicly about the unjust rule.
August 8, 2016 has passed, but the fight to save the U.S. vapor industry is far from over. After taking their summer recess, Congress will return to session in September. It goes without saying that we have a lot to accomplish before the year is done. Today, we’re asking for your help.
We have a great ally in the U.S. Senate, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. In his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Senator Johnson has sent three separate letters to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf seeking answers on the recent “deeming regulation” for electronic cigarettes and vapor products. Thanks in part to Senator Johnson’s efforts, many of his colleagues have begun to ask questions about the consequences of these regulations on businesses across the country.
We know that business owners in this industry are passionate. Let’s show it to Congress by delivering them hundreds or thousands of survey responses from businesses.
Now's the time
When discussing the independent vapor market with the FDA, or with other legislators, Sen. Johnson has very little hard data to share. Now that the vapor industry is in a fight for its life, it’s crucial that sympathetic people who can help have legitimate information about the small businesses that will be hurt by the deeming regulations. We lucky to finally have Sen. Johnson and Rep. Cole trying to help us. Can we take this opportunity to help them do it more effectively?
Other legislators may be interested in helping us when they understand that there are hundreds or thousands of people in their districts or states that will be negatively affected by the coming ban. Even members of Congress who have been suspicious of e-cigarettes might change their minds if they know how many of their constituents will be hurt by the FDA’s actions.
Unlike with most product markets, very little is known about the vapor business — aside from the tobacco-dominated products sold in convenience stores and gas stations. There has never been a serious effort to gather data on vape shops and other businesses in the sector. Now that the information is badly needed, this survey needs to be shared widely and quickly.
It just takes a few minutes, and the information gathered could be invaluable in saving the industry.
Vapers, please send it to every shop you visit!
Vendors, please take the survey.