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Hawaii proposes tobacco ban on sidewalks & other odd anti-vaping bills in 2018

Did you know that the sunny state of Hawaii recently introduced a bill that would make tobacco use on public sidewalks illegal?   New Yorkers might be surprised to learn that the Democrats are even trying to prohibit vaping and smoking within 100 feet of a public library.  These are some of the outlandish anti-vaping laws currently on the dockets for 2018, all at least partially funded by taxpayer dollars.

There are so many proposed regulations in the works across the country that it can be nearly impossible for the typical vaper to keep informed.  But thanks to the Vapor Technology Association (VTA), we now have a complete, 37-page list documenting every anti-vaping bill state-by-state as of February 3.  If you want to learn which bills to vote against in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, the VTA State Vapor Bill Tracking Report is worth a second look.

Help Win the War on Vaping

After reviewing the VTA document, some vapers may find that there are no anti-vaping laws on the books in their neck of the woods.  This doesn’t mean that you still can’t help win the war on vaping.  There are lots of ways that you can help. 

  1. Contact your state congressional representatives to request a repeal of the FDA deeming regulations. Thanks to the Internet, finding their contact information is just a few simple clicks away.  In fact, you don’t even need to know their names.  Just travel to whoismyrepresentative.com, and type in your zip code.
  2. Contact Donald Trump at the White House. You can call the President at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414 and ask him to save vaping.  Or a faster solution may be to send a kindly worded private message via the White House.
  3. Sign the petition to repeal the FDA deeming regulations. There are several floating around online, but the one that we like best is posted on Vote.org.  It’s as easy as typing in your name, address, and email.

You can even contact individual members of congress by sending them a carefully crafted tweet.  From House Speaker Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (@SenateMajLdr) and everyone in between, almost all politicians these days are addicted to Twitter.  Who knows.  They may even tweet you back!


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