As the Trump Administration limps through its first 100 days in office, many in the vaping community are losing hope that the Cole-Bishop Amendment HR 1136 will gain any traction in Congress. Trump has long maintained a position of anti-government regulation, which makes the passage of the bill seem very appropriate, but his failure to repeal Obamacare in a mere 18 days is causing even Wall Street to lose faith in the boisterous politician.
At the time of this article, the stock market has fallen for a total of eight straight days in a row. The last time that this happened was in 2011. To be fair, the market is still on the uptick when compared to November 8, Election Day 2016.
Amid accusations of Russian conspiracies, a failure to launch Trumpcare, and an inability to implement a Muslim Ban on immigration, Trump can’t seem to get anything done in Washington. Repealing the FDA deeming regulations – or even enacting the Cole-Bishop Amendment that would simply redefine the related predicate date – may no longer be at the top of his list of presidential objectives.
Anti-vaping groups join forces and release ‘The Flavor Trap’
Amidst all this turmoil in Washington, DC, several anti-vaping organizations are secretly combining forces to fight the passage of the Cole-Bishop bill. In a recently released report entitled, The Flavor Trap: How tobacco companies are luring kids with candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars, a coalition of anti-nicotine groups is calling on the American people to write their political officials to demand votes against the HR 1136.
“In addition to being introduced as stand-alone legislation, such measures have also been added in recent years to the U.S. House appropriations bill that funds the FDA. They could be considered again this year as Congress finalizes appropriations for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 and considers appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2018. A large coalition of public health and medical groups has repeatedly urged Congress to reject these measures.”
And according to the report, this “large coalition of public health and medical groups” consists of the below organizations. Coincidentally, these groups are also notorious for taking massive sums of money from Big Pharma in exchange for promoting their alternative nicotine replacement therapies like “the patch” and nicotine gum.
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Cancer Action Network
- American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
- American Lung Association
- American Academy of Pediatrics
The vaping industry should not underestimate the power of these anti-vaping groups. They have very deep pockets and enormous political clout, especially with the mainstream media. In light of the Trump Administration’s recent mishandlings of previous campaign promises, many political pundits are claiming that Trump’s political capital is at an all-time low for any new president with only 70 days on the job.
How you can save Cole-Bishop Amendment HR 1136
This leaves a huge window of opportunity for anti-vaping organizations to jump in the game and take control. Much like the vaping industry, organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Lung Association have long suspected that Trump may be pro-vaping. Now that he is politically weakened, it’s the perfect time to release a new anti-vaping report that will further scare the hell out of the typical American parent.
As Trump announces former Big Pharma consultant Scott Gottlieb as his top choice to head the FDA almost immediately after the confirmation of another Big Pharma favorite Tom Price as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, the chances of repealing the FDA deeming regulations are looking less and less likely.
Vapers need to take action! Click here to find out how you can help save vaping, repeal the FDA deeming regulations, and pass Cole-Bishop Amendment HR 1136!
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