The Flavor Ban | What We're Doing and How You Can Help

The Flavor Ban | What We're Doing and How You Can Help

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on September 11th, 2019 that the FDA will ban flavored vaping products. This coming on the toes of our Governor here in Michigan announcing an emergency flavor ban - and the New York Governor announcing the same due to an "emergency health crisis." This is an assault on the vapor industry from all sides.

The Crisis

The Youth Crisis as a whole: Needless to say, we're 100% against youth vaping, of any substance. For many years now we have had stringent and (as you know) at times annoying processes to verify your age and that you are the adult card holder purchasing these products. From our point of view, the only people who should be vaping are those who are trying to kick the habit of smoking cigarettes. We do everything in our power, including always monitoring and auditing our own system, to ensure no underage sales take place.

This crisis has come to a head, though. Terrible media coverage, horrible journalism, and plain misinformation from those less than educated has created the perfect storm against legal vaping. Forget the fact that the death and illnesses taking place have been attributed to seemingly one common product among the victims. That is THC cartridges purchased illegally from a non-licensed person / business. The CDC even goes so far to state; 

"Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC, other cannabinoids) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer."

That is not to minimize the victims, truly, this is tragic. As of writing this we are at 7 deaths attributed to some form of "vaping." That is 7 deaths too many and some would ask - well why isn't anyone doing anything?

Wait a minute...

They are... They have been...  But that has to do with Nicotine vaping. The FDA has been regulating the E-Cigarette / Nicotine vapor industry since August 8th, 2016. That is when E-Cigarettes (containing nicotine) were deemed "Tobacco Products" by our government. That is when it became illegal to sell these products to minors. Though, as with any talk about the government, you know there is a huge "But" coming up.

But, the product that seemingly links all of these cases together does not fall under this designation. It is not a nicotine vapor product. They were counterfeit products filled with inferior substances (including Honey Cut which contains Viatmin E Acetate). These products are not regulated and can you guess why? Because they're illegal.

If our Federal Government had some common sense marijuana laws, like we're working to adopt here in Michigan, with quality control and standards regulations - this situation could have likely been avoided. Which is the sad truth about it all. Prohibition only creates a larger black market.

What we're doing

Since the day our Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, announced the Michigan flavor ban we have been in contact with not only our legislators and Governors office, but with the VTA, Greg Conley and the AVA, our lawyers, local shops and... Then with the Federal Ban; national vape shops / websites (even our bigger competitors), the White House, and more. We are doing everything in our immediate power to fight this and we will see this battle through.

I know we have been pretty radio silent since the announcement of the Michigan Flavor ban via our blog, but, you have to understand - writing letters, making calls, visiting with businesses around the state, meeting with legislators... This all takes time. This is not just a fight for our right to vape, but for the livelihoods of our employees, and ourselves. You see, we were all previous smokers that quit using flavored vaping products. Personally, I had my last cigarette on November 15th, 2013. I was a pack a day smoker for over 8 years, but, one trip into a vape shop completely changed my life. One day I was a smoker, the next day I wasn't, and I never looked back.

That is what we're fighting for. This isn't just about vaping, this is about your right to choose. To choose to change your life. To choose to live. To choose to stop assisting our Government in paying back Tobacco Bonds they should have never taken out to begin with. If those aren't reasons to fight this, I don't know what is.

How you can help

And with that, I ask you contact your representatives, the White House, your family, your friends. If you've made these calls once, make them again. Speak honestly but respectfully. With over 13 million vapers nationwide, we have the voice and the momentum to change this decision.

White House Phone Numbers:

  • (202) 456-1414
  • (202) 456-1111
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Comments

Jen - October 15, 2019
ALERT… CDC Vaping Update (www.cdc.gov)

CDC said mysterious lung disease illness appears to be linked to illegally purchased THC cartridges. THC is a chemical found in marijuana

Cherri Briscoe - October 15, 2019

I smoked 2 packs a day for 30+ years. I used peanut butter yogurt flavored eliquid to make the switch from cigarettes to vaping. I have been cigarette free for 10 months solely due to flavored eliquid. Vaping flavored eliquid saved my life and was the only thing that worked for me to stop smoking combustible tobacco products.

Rick maddox - October 15, 2019

I was a smoker for 33 years, switched to flavored E-Cig’s and was able to quit smoking. i tried all the other options to quit with no success . I had to quit do to the psoriatic arthritis and sever gout and the new treatment i needed to delay me being crippled would not work as well with being a smoker. I also have COPD.
I have been vaping for 3 years now.
my specialist are fine with the vaping, I have been getting infusions for 3 months and have more to do. I no longer wake up coughing and hacking, I feel so much better and a lot more healthy. my lungs are better, and i can walk on a daily basis and not miss work for days and weeks like i use to. vaping saved my life . and I never want tobacco or tobacco flavors ever again, they are discusting. please do not take that away from us adults.
Thank You
Rick Maddox
Indiana

James A. Bailey - October 15, 2019

come on guys… vaping has helped me in a big way … Please don’t let the big tobacco companies kill this for us.

James Bailey

John Grathwol - October 15, 2019

Banning flavors won’t help, not will it stop the black market. Regulate – sure. Ban – no.
I’m 56 and stopped smoking with fruit flavors.

Jeffery Zundel - October 15, 2019

I have been a smoker for 16 years , tried everything to quit , never could with the products available , in 2013 i tried a gas station BLU ECIG and never looked back , got my first mech mod with cartomizer tank , salesman handed it to me as if it was my sword! anyway i chose strawberry banana as my flavor as well as tobacco , needless to say i did not touch the tobacco “flavor” after i tasted how magical the strawberry banana was . I feel i would not have stayed smoke free if i had no option of flavor, since being smoke free my teeth are no longer yellow (my step kids say so) i dont cough at night and hawk up flem from my lungs , i feel fantastic as well as i dont lose my mind when i dont get a vape unlike smoking did to me , this flavor ban hurts everyone and future non smokers . Needless to say after 6 years of vaping my life is great , if i still smoked i feel i would have got lip cancer as i had an indent and pain . Thank you MYVPRO for helping me stay smoke free .

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