Since Mt Baker Vapor has been a business, we’ve sent care packages to the troops. As of August 8th, the date the FDA’s Deeming Regulations came into effect, Mt Baker Vapor has been forced to discontinue military care packages. It is a troubling irony that the troops defend freedom and liberty, while their government is aggressively restricting those very freedoms and liberties.
The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act put a ban on “the charitable distribution of tobacco products.” Since electronic cigarettes and e liquid have been deemed by the FDA to be “tobacco products,” vendors can no longer send vape gear to the troops.
This prohibition extends the definition of tobacco products to cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. Many cigar companies have been sending cigars to the troops since World War I. Thompson Cigar Co. donated 5,000 to 7,000 cigars a month to Support the Troops, a nonprofit that ships care packages to bases overseas. The new FDA review process has brought an end to these charitable donations.
Nicotine and the military have a storied history. Mt Baker Vapor has worked closely with Vape A Vet, an organization that provides soldiers and veterans tobacco alternatives at no cost to them. E liquid manufacturers can donate to the monthly care packages. Vapers can contribute to the cause by buying BRV Liquids, and a portion of each sale supports the care package distribution.
Mt Baker Vapor cannot send troops care packages directly anymore. Though this business is only a few years old, Mt Baker Vapor has sent hundreds of care packages to the troops. The FDA’s regulations against care packages is a travesty, but Vape A Vet offers a charitable solution to the problem of government overreach.
Remember to support to the R2BSF (Right 2 Be Smoke-Free) Coalition to challenge the FDA regulations, and support Vape A Vet in any way you can. While the troops defend our freedom overseas, we can defend our freedom at home by challenging the FDA.