As Johnson Creek files bankruptcy, what can you do to help save vaping?
Johnson Creek Enterprises was one of the first e-liquid manufacturers in the United States, but the vaping vendor has officially closed its doors as of October 10. Citing the FDA deeming regulations as a primary contributing factor, this once iconic brand is filing for bankruptcy.
The company has been highlighted as a leader in e-liquid production by Time Magazine, and the company has partnered with the likes of Blu, Fin, and other mass-marketed e-cigarette retailers which has only increased its brand name awareness. In 2014, the vaping conglomerate sold a 50% stake to Republic Tobacco, which did not work out as originally planned and likely also contributed to the company’s demise.
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In its heyday, Johnson Creek boasted a 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, and employed as many as 120 people. With an in-house team of some 60 chemists, mixologists, and scientists, the firm’s estimated 200 brands of vape juice were sold both online and in vape shops in approximately 120 countries. In an abrupt tweet on October 9, Johnson Creek made its surprise announcement that the company would be closing its doors permanently the very next day.
Is the Johnson Creek bankruptcy a sign of things to come?
The American vaping industry has been hit hard by the FDA deeming regulations of the Obama Era, and many economists predict that thousands more vape shops will eventually be forced to close if the restrictions are not repealed or revised. The Johnson Creek closure may be a warning alarm for the rest of the industry.
If such a leader of e-juice manufacturing can fall victim to government regulations, then what are the chances for the local Mom and Pop vape shop in your neck of the woods? Here are five ways that the average vaper can get involved and help saving vaping from the devastating effects of the FDA deeming regulations.
5 Ways that you can help save vaping
- Contact Donald Trump and the White House. The Tweeter-in-Chief is notoriously anti-smoking, and he might be under the mistaken impression that vaping and smoking are one in the same. Help him to understand the differences by sharing your success stories regarding how switching to vaping has changed your life. CLICK HERE to send the White House a private message. Or call President Donald Trump personally at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Even though The Donald will not likely be the one answering the phone, you can leave a message and it will get back to him.
- Tweet to Donald Trump, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, and others. If you look at Trump’s Twitter feed, the man is simply addicted to tweeting. It’s the first thing that he does in the wee hours of the morning and the last thing that he does before going to bed. He tweets on the golf course, and he tweets in the middle of cabinet meetings. The man lives and dies by his Twitter account. Why not tweet him your request to repeal the FDA deeming regulations? His twitter handle is @realDonaldTrump. But be nice. Be gracious. Trump doesn’t like to be told to do And while you’re at it, you can also send the new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb a tweet. His handle is @SGottliebFDA
- Contact elected officials in your area. Thanks to the Internet, contacting your local representatives and lawmakers has never been easier. CLICK HERE to search for the contact information of your congresspersons and senators by simply typing in your zip code You can them send them each a kindly worded letter in support of vaping and demand that they repeal the FDA deeming regulations that threaten to wipe out the entire vaping industry.
- Register to vote…and vote! The midterm elections in 2018 is expected to be a significant referendum on the Trump Administration. Love him or hate him, the future of vaping may depend heavily on the midterm election results. CLICK HERE to register to vote, and your voter registration card will be mailed to you within days. And most importantly, don’t forget to vote!
- Sign the petition to overturn the FDA deeming regulations. There are several petitions circulating online with the sole objective of convincing lawmakers to overturning the FDA deeming regulations. CLICK HERE to sign one that we support actively.
There are so many ways that you can help save vaping. Joining an advocacy group is another terrific way to show your support and to receive the most up-to-the-minute vaping news. The AVA (American Vaping Association), CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), SFATA (Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association), the Right To Be Smoke Free Coalition, and Not Blowing Smoke are some of the most popular.
Or perform a Google search to locate local and state advocacy groups in your area. With so many pieces of proposed local legislation threatening to ban flavored e-liquids and public vaping, the War on Vaping is now heading to a grass roots battle rather than a federal one.
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