Grover Norquist: Vaping industry is “gonna win” under Donald Trump
Grover Norquist is the founder and president of the political advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform, and much like Donald Trump, he is an opponent of excessive government overregulation. Based in Washington, DC, Norquist got a front row seat when the Obama Administration first released the FDA deeming regulations in May of 2016, and he was immediately outraged. According to Norquist, the Democrats were simply taking financial advantage by taxing a fledgling industry that had grown in size by 114 percent between 2010 and 2015 alone.
The FDA deeming regulations now classify all e-liquids and vaping technology as “tobacco products,” even though these products are 100 percent tobacco-free. As a result, local vape shops and retailers are forced to adhere to a costly and time-consuming Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process traditionally reserved for Big Tobacco products.
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But gaining approval is not as simple as paying a hefty fee. In many cases, the application process requires the undertaking of massive amounts of scientific research to document the product’s adherence to the PMTA standards – standards that Norquist believes are inappropriate and unlawful in the first place.
Grover Norquist: ‘Vaping is a real coalition’
When Donald Trump won the presidency last November, Norquist, like many others in the vaping community, saw the GOP victory as a potential life-saving event for American vaping. After all, most vape shops are locally owned small businesses which cannot afford the uber-expensive PMTA. If the FDA deeming are left in intact, then tens of thousands of small business owners may be forced to close their doors.
According to Norquist, Trump – along with his newly appointed DOH Secretary Tom Price - could easily save vaping by repealing these excessive regulations. Trump is already anti-government regulations, but he is also suffering in the polls due to a barrage of negative press stories surrounding alleged Russian collusion during the 2016 election.
If Trump wants to maintain his POTUS status, he is going to need to expand his voting base by the midterm elections. And Grover Norquist considers the vaping community to be a very politically powerful voting block that could potentially win or lose elections in the coming months.
Grover also believes that the face of the Republican Party is changing rapidly, largely due to the American vaping industry. Whereas in previous years GOP rallies were filled with straight-laced, suit-and-tie types, now it is not uncommon to see the crowds filled with “people with tattoos” carrying their favorite vape mods. According to Norquist, the future of American vaping in looking far less bleak– as long as we stick together and avoid becoming complacent.