The Battle for Vaping Rights: What You Need to Know
You may not realize it, but we are fighting a war for vaping rights. On one side there is us, the community, united in arms by our passion for this new technology and the positive impact it has on our lives. On the other side is the establishment, big tobacco and government regulators who would rather maintain the status quo than allow for innovation to disrupt their power.
Fighting this battle is a daunting task. Regulators and big tobacco have been playing this game for much longer than our young community, so they have the advantage of political connections.
But we have passion on our side.
One of the best parts of working in this community is seeing all the amazing stories from you, the customers, on how access to vaping rights has positively impacted your life. Every day, our Facebook page and Twitter feed is flooded with customer testimonials on how they are living more active, smoke-free lifestyles because they have open access to such a wide selection of vaping e-juice and gear.
Currently, this freedom to access such an amazing variety of of e-juice and hardware has become the latest front in the battle over vaping rights. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published an excellent article outlining what exactly is going on. The summary is thus:
Within the next two months, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to complete rules that would require federal approval for nearly all flavored liquid nicotine juices and e-cig devices sold in vape shops…The apporval process could cost anywhere from $2 million to $10 million to collect data and put forward an application for each item, according to the regulatory consulting company SciLucent LLC.
What would that mean for us at Mt. Baker Vapor? We would have to pay a fee of roughly $500,000 to have each of our products tested. If we want to sell 50/50 Moo Juice? $500,000. If we want to sell Max VG Moo Juice? Another $500,000.
As you can imagine, this would not only be extremely detrimental to juice manufacturers; consumers would be limited in their juice options to companies that have paid for FDA approval. If these regulations are allowed to be put into place, there is no doubt that it would kill the fledgling vaping industry before we’ve had a chance to truly grow.
This is where you come in. Despite what some in the media may tell you, your voice is extremely powerful when it comes to influencing governmental policy decisions. Politicians are elected by you, and that means that they will listen if you make the effort to send a message.
Take the time to look up your representatives and use your passion for vaping to influence the discussion in D.C. If you need help, CommonCause.org has an excellent resource for finding your elected officials in both the U.S. House and Senate. Respectfully let them know that you believe the FDA should rethink the way in which they are approaching this issue. Let them know what the community has done for you and why you think they should continue to allow Americans to make free decisions about vaping.
If you want to get even more involved, check out organizations like CASAA and the American Vaping Association to stay up to date on regulatory news. You can also sign up for our newsletter on the Mt. Baker Vapor homepage and we will send out periodic “calls to action” when there are political issues surrounding vaping in your area. If you want to discuss these topics with fellow vapers, be sure to check out the Advocacy section of our discourse page.
It’s easy to sit back and let politicians decide the fate of this industry, but if you take the time to let your voice be heard we can make a difference. Get out there, let your opinion be known, and vape on!