Rest Easy Vapers – Sen Johnson’s Got Our Backs!
We all wondered what the future of vaping would look like under a Trump presidency, and it seems as though we can rest a little easier about it, all thanks to Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. You’ve probably already heard of him – back in July he demanded answers from the FDA on the e-cigarette regulations that went into effect on August 8th. After he won re-election for his Senate seat on November 8th, he continued on his journey to wipe out these oppressive regulations.
On Tuesday, November 21, he sent another letter to the FDA warning that a Republican-controlled Congress and White House will target some, if not all, of the regulations that went into effect August 8th on electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-liquids and e-cig accessories. Additionally, he advised that there is “substantial likelihood that this burdensome rule will be undone” by the 115th Congress if the FDA does not cease implementation of said regulations. This is exactly the type of politician we need right now. Without advocates in the White House like Senator Ron Johnson, it definitely can put some doubt on vape shop owners, e-liquid manufacturers and device manufacturers alike.
Sen. Johnson even said himself that the regulations “are so needlessly high that the very existence of the vapor products industry is being threatened.”
If the FDA goes through with their stringent regulations, whenever companies, such as VaporFi, decide to come out with a new e-liquid flavor, new vape MOD, new tank, anything – the application process alone would cost millions of dollars. It raises concerns that a vape monopoly could arise from the Big Three tobacco manufacturers capturing most of the vaping market share. Sen. Johnson even said himself that the regulations “are so needlessly high that the very existence of the vapor products industry is being threatened.” In a country that thrives on capitalism and the free market, it shows how government overreach could destroy entire industries.
“We need Sen. Johnson to work to bring members of both parties together to forge a solution.”
The American Vaping Association’s president, Gregory Conley, said that with Johnson’s re-election and a Donald Trump presidency, “we are hopeful that the new Congress will act to stop the FDA’s vaping rules from putting tens of thousands of Americans out of work.” Conley said it is likely that 60 votes will be required to reverse some of the FDA regulations. “We need Sen. Johnson to work to bring members of both parties together to forge a solution,” he said.
This is more than just vaping. The bigger message here is that the FDA and any other government agency is allowed to slap on incessant regulations without consent of the public. Not just regulations that protect the public’s health, but regulations set in place to raise the cost of products, destroy jobs and limit selection. Which is exactly how monopolies form – most of which are done so as a result of lobbyists. What Senator Johnson is trying to do here is best for the American people as a whole – not even just us vapers.
So, do us a favor, and share this with whomever you know. Post this to your wall. Start a petition or sign an existing one. If you are a Wisconsin resident, write to Senator Johnson! Even if you are not in support of vaping, we are sure you are in support of a free market that has the public’s best interests in mind. We can do this, but we need your help!
Unfortunately, the Senator only responds to Wisconsin constituents, so if you’re a resident, you can contact him via his website here: https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator
Vape on, vape fam!
Gianna Del Monte is the Brand Manager at VaporFi. She has been in the vaping industry since June 2015 and has extensive experience in successfully managing and marketing a variety of new vapor product launches. Originally from New Jersey, Gianna has lived in the Miami area for the last 5 years.