Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer from New York is no ordinary politician. This guy is the Minority Leader of the Senate and packs a powerful punch of political clout in Washington, DC. Even though the Republicans currently control the White House and both houses of Congress, the midterm elections are just six short months away. And anything can happen.
If the Dems take control of the House and Senate as many are predicting, the vaping community could be facing a full-blown flavor ban by the end of the year. The time to act is now!
While many vapers are ignoring pleas from advocacy groups to get involved and help stop the flavor ban before it becomes a reality, politicians like Schumer are taking their anti-vaping rhetoric to mainstream media – almost on a daily basis. Case in point: Sen. Chuck Schumer held a press conference last Sunday, May 6, where the only topic of conversation was “kid-friendly flavors” of e-cigarettes. Schumer is calling on the FDA to ban them all and ban them immediately.
This is not the first time that good, ole Chuck has taken aim at vaping. In May of 2016, the newly crowned Minority Leader took to the airwaves to blame e-cigs for a mythical surge in airline explosions allegedly caused by in-cabin vaping devices. Even though the evidence did not support his outlandish claims at the time, Schumer won his battle. Within weeks, the U.S. banned the use of electronic cigarettes on all foreign and domestic flights.
For vapers who think that Schumer is just blowing a lot of hot air, think again. His long history of hot-air-blowing seems to actually work a great deal of the time. Just because Schumer is from New York does not mean that vapers in the other 49 states should simply ignore his attacks. Chuck’s negative attitudes – on any topic – have proven to be dangerously contagious in the past. If vapers continue to sit idly by, an FDA flavor ban could occur overnight and without prior notice.
Vaping community must unite to stop Schumer and an FDA flavor ban
There are many, many ways that the vaping community can take action and get involved in this latest War on Vaping. Contacting state congresspersons and senators to express concern or share positive stories about how vaping has helped millions to quit smoking is just one example. Sending a kindly worded Tweet or email to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is another quick and easy way to get involved.
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But for those who really want to express their wrath over Chuck Schumer’s recent comments, a possible flavor ban, or even the deeming regulations themselves, many might be surprised to learn that the FDA has a type of virtual hotline for just such an occasion. Scott Gottlieb has recently announced the launching of a 90-day probe seeking “public input” into the idea of a future flavor ban. The FDA website states the following:
“You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before June 19, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of June 19, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.”
The deadline to submit comments is June 19, 2018! That’s right around the corner, and vapers can even submit their comments over and over again if they like. In fact, the vaping community encourages as much involvement as is humanly possible.
Vape shop owners can share stories about how an FDA flavor ban will bankrupt their businesses. Vapers can share concerns about how getting rid of e-liquid flavors may tempt them to revert back to smoking. The point is to Get Involved Before It’s Too Late! Don’t let misinformed, marijuana-loving, vaping haters like Schumer take away your right to vape!