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Funding The Future: VapesGiving™

Funding VapesGiving™

 Funding The Future: VapesGiving™


Are you part of funding the future? Funding is underway via the American Vaping Association (AVA) with a movement called VapesGiving™. The dollar for dollar match of up to $190,000 is right now.  Funding the future to combat irresponsible and fiscally motivated regulations of e-cigarettes come with a price. The opportunity for manufacturers (individuals can donate as well) to fund what is their future, is right now. Fund the future.


Future Work

It takes hard work and funding to challenge ordinances, taxation, politicians, and groups who care less about choice or health. In every town, city, state and across the country, challenges are tenfold. Someone has to think about funding the future. Someone, or something, has to finance it.

#VapesGiving™ offers the opportunity not only for you to donate to a spectrum of organizations, but to see your donation doubled thanks to the support of Naked 100 (up to $190,000!).


Funding VapesGiving™The future is now:

From federal rules and regulations restricting shop owners from assisting customers and creating chaos, state rules regulating and requiring licensing, restricting or banning adults access to a less harmful choice, taxation….. well, if I have to explain it to you, you’re obviously not paying attention.


Funding takes thinking

Think about what it takes for the future of an industry that is being challenged at every turn. Imagine if that didn’t happen. Imagine the industry in five years if no one takes action. Think of local, state, and national needs and the challenges that are involved. That’s what VapesGiving™ is helping to do with advocacy groups.


A Thousand Ways

The ability for regulation, restriction, taxation and bans – like age restrictions on both tobacco and e-cigarettes (Tobacco 21) can come faster than you can prepare, and often, you might not be aware they’re happening.


Funding VapesGiving™

Enough of your time

Instead of focusing on what “can’t” be done, consider what CAN be done. Considering what is at stake, I hope to see #VapesGiving raise millions with this movement. This is beyond overdue.

If you are in this industry, you know the importance of industry groups. If you are not in a group, join one. If you’ve done that, and if you are a manufacturer of e-liquid, have a brick and mortar store or know someone who is helping customers switch to a less harmful alternative, I urge you, implore you, and refer you directly here:

AVA Announces the Start of #VapesGiving!™


Advertise with YOUR text link or banner!




Have you met my OUR friends at vapers.org.uk? 

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Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life

GONZO GIVES


Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


Of interest:

Dr. K. Farsalinos book is available at Amazon here:

 

 


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Vaping In The News–April 29th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 23rd – April 29th, 2017

Regulations ~ Small Town America ~ Bye-Bye Murthy ~ Tobacco Profits ~ Dr. Siegel ~ Federal Action Needed ~ Rethinking Nicotine ~ Think of the children™ ~ THE Fergus Mason ~ THRA Worldwide Survey ~ Nicotine Challenge


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Regulations

Within the political ring, there are two distinct and sadly needed actions in the United States right now to fight the regulations of e-cigarettes.

First, the ever-imperative Cole-Bishop bill, (H.R. 1136) explained via CASAA here


Meanwhile

Duncan Hunter (R,CA)  has introduced one of his own, taking tobacco OUT of the description completely.

Related by Dr. Siegel:
Also:

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Small Town America

Speaking of legislation, Federal law requires “federal regulatory agencies must coordinate their policies, plans, actions, and regulations with local governments.”

That is found here from the Electronic Vaping Coalition of America (EVCA)

WHAT IS “COORDINATION” IN FEDERAL LAW?

The Village of Hartland, Wisconsin is taking testimony and questioning the F.D.A. and its regulations over e-cigarettes.

“If it’s proven agencies fail this obligation, their rules become moot — not just in a local community, but nationwide.”

Small-town America takes on FDA over e-cigarette regulations


Added 4/30/17:

I covered it here with links to all three videos:

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin Holds Public Hearings


Bye-Bye Murthy

Vapers rejoice in Trump’s firing of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, gun control advocates angry


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Tobacco profits

This keeps the tobacco control crowd rejoicing…. job security.

Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry Is Rolling in Money


Dr. Siegel

Is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Even Capable of Being Honest?


Federal Action Needed:

From The Executive Director of Missouri Smoke-Free, A.J. Moll

Federal Action Needed – Let’s Protect Public Health


Rethinking Nicotine

With Sharon Cox & Sarah Jakes:

Nicotine and e-cigarettes: Rethinking addiction in the context of reduced harm


Think Of The Children™:

“Frequency of Youth E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use Patterns in the United States: Measurement Precision Is Critical to Inform Public Health”


THE Fergus Mason

Mr. Mason eloquently describes for you the difference between an expert and extremist – about a legend in his own mind, Professor Stanton Glantz.

Stanton Glantz – Expert, or Extremist?


WorldWide Survey

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA) is conducting this survey for anyone – ANYONE to take. Smokers, non-smokers, vapers.

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The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


Nicotine Challenge:

30+ days have come and gone. The nicotine challenge has raised $605 for Dr. Farsalinos & his team.

The Gofundme page will expire Monday, 2 May.

If you would still like to donate, please go here:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge



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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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Vape Shops. This is your business.

You’re a vape shop owner? Are you saving lives and yourselves? Not afraid of the regulations your industry is under? Are you even aware there are regulations? If not, I’m talking to you. You’re probably already wondering who the hell I am and why I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. Well – let me explain myself and then we can move on from the formalities. I figure that’s only fair.

I’m not “in the industry”. I am however, a consumer. If you feel like I’m not talking to you, then you’re probably a stellar shop owner and are doing everything you can to save this industry, including your own business. As you were.


Don’t get confused, I’m also an advocate for you. Well, not really for you – for people like this lady who you haven’t met yet and about 40 million in the United States like her who may come visit YOU. See, I didn’t open a vape shop. I certainly wanted to in 2013 when I realized I could potentially help others realize what I had accidentally found out. Vaping worked when nothing else did. I say it saved my life. I get that.

I looked at doing so. I did cost analysis, looked at market trends *skyrocketing*, checked a few locations and saw 7 shops already competing within my home town of about 45,000. That itself was saturated. Still, forging ahead, I found wholesalers (NICE markups, eh?), I checked insurance rates – you know – all the things that go into starting a business.

I also gave serious consideration of the unknown FDA regulations coming down the line. I still wanted dearly to do it, but with all those factors, poor credit and having previously closed a business in 2007 – I also understood risk v.s. reward. I decided for my family – at the time, I could not take the risk.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes

Now that the formalities are out of the way, I know you should be THE front line in the battle against every law, restriction, tax and ban any way you can. I’d bet I  know your demographics better than you do. I understand nicotine strength and why it’s not addictive. I know why you’re talking people away from ego style products. I know why you’re selling high end equipment to folks who don’t WANT to blow clouds. I’ll bet I can talk shop about your first time customers as good or better than you can.

I know how you’ll lose business, and bet you the price of a brand new ego 2200 (at cost) that I could bring you more business to your shop. I’ll bet you don’t have a computer in your store to show research to customers when they have questions and I’ll wager your receipts don’t print out & tell customers about CASAA.

I’d venture to say you’re probably not a member of SFATA or the AVA or AEMSA. VTA or any local or state group. I’d bet if you had a sign explaining the FDA regulations we are ALL facing to your customers, they’d be just as pissed off as you are should be, because you’re not allowed by law to do things  to properly help the next smoker who may walk through that door.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes

I’ll bet you’re a former smoker, using +/- 3MG and you’ve got the most expensive rig available. I’ll bet you’re thinking I’m an asshole as you blow clouds at your screen. IF you’re not running e-liquid through your back room or basement, you’d be embarrassed to show me where it is you manufacture it. I’d bet you’ve tossed free shit into a crowd. If I’m describing you, I’ll bet you’re wondering how you can get your hands around my throat. That’s mutual. Save that energy, I’m not quite done yet.

I’ll venture to say you’ve pondered the trademark or intellectual properties covering the e-liquid – but after about 10 seconds, you’ve only run it through your mind a couple other times since. You’ve probably heard of marketing to children but didn’t think it applied to you. I could go on but you’re starting to either feel guilty or relate to who should be feeling guilty as described. We can still be friends, there is hope. Let’s call this a one-time free consulting session. You just need to pay attention. This, after all, is YOUR business.


I take advocacy seriously in my off hours. This is, after all, about lives. You also, regardless of the descriptions above, presumably got into the business to help people as you found it helped you. THAT is where I need your mindset to be right now before we go further. Refill your top, get over yourself. Hydrate. Let’s move on.

You should be able to spout these organizations off without fear or hesitation. You should be a member of at least ONE trade organization. Your customers, because you’re informing THEM as well as you are should be aware and a member of at least one of the consumer organizations. You know, to keep them aware in case you forget.

 


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Sean Gore with Rep. Tom Cole.

Photo courtesy Sean Gore


You should be aware of the Child-resistant packaging rules.

You should know and have met YOUR representative and should be on a first name basis, for everyone’s good by now.

You should know everything there is to know about

Cosponsors: H.R.2058 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

You should be aware of the thousands of vapers on social media who fight every day and don’t own a business. In fact, on twitter we’re called “shills” and worse, “Big Vapor” or “Big Vaping“…. I forget.

I haven’t even touched the tip of what you need to know. If you’re a vendor and you’ve read this far, I not only commend you – I respect you. See, we can be friends.

You should know who is against you. This, after all, is YOUR business.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes


Some awesome people have made this movie, A Billion Lives. It’s an independent film. On August 6th, I drove from Dayton to Milwaukee to see the U.S. Premier. I’ve SEEN it.

NON-smokers and the PUBLIC need to see it. NOW.

Here’s their latest teaser:

You should know how this documentary, A Billion Lives needs to be seen NOW, by the MILLIONS. You should know how highly I regard Aaron Biebert, A Billion Lives, Attention Era Media, and their teams and families for the sacrifices they’ve made to make this stunning film about our fight worldwide.


You should be organizing a screening or MULTIPLE screenings in YOUR area SPONSORING or co-sponsoring it (with or without other shops) to get your name out, buying blocks of tickets. (You’re still here?) Inviting new customers and smokers.

You should be inviting politicians, the local or closest Heart, Lung & Cancer association representatives in your area. Doctors. Nurses. College professors. Making sense?


I don’t know Fig personally, but I know he fights his ass off.

I don’t know Chris Hughes personally but I know he fought HIS ass off and is STILL fighing.

He’s now decided to seek election to the office of State Representative for the 84th Legislative District of PA.

I hope I’ve been condescending informative enough to get you motivated to act. To fight.

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This, after all, is YOUR business.


E-cigarette news you can use

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E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin