Monday, October 7, marks a day that could alter the course for the vape industry–National Save Vaping Day.
Following President Trump announcing plans to issue a federal ban on flavored vape products, five states have issued a ban on vape products and several others are likely to jump on the bandwagon. At this point, it is clear that the vape industry is facing a serious threat and as the government's grip continues to tighten, many are beginning to worry.
Amidst the struggle, however, a positive movement has begun to take place...
Vapers and businesses from around the country are gathering together and taking a unified stance to fight for this industry and for the rights of all vapers.
With more people getting involved every day, vape advocacy groups like the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternative Association (CASAA) are gaining serious traction.
If the government and big tobacco thought we would just roll over and let them destroy all the progress this industry has made, they're dead wrong.
Vape Bans Status Report
Over the last 30 days, several states have rashly issued vape bans, citing false information that they know to be inaccurate. These states are Massachusets, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
While the bans in all five states are only temporary, they will have a severe impact on the consumers and businesses in these states.
Vape shops are being forced to remove millions of dollars of inventory from their shelves. Unable to recover the costs of the inventory, many will sadly have to shut down.
Since vape shops won't be selling flavored vape juice or vape pod systems, vapers will be blockaded from buying these products.
While some people have only vaped for a year or so, others have been vaping for over 20 years and rely on vaping as the only effective alternative to smoking.
The sudden change inflicted by these vape bans will undoubtedly have a devastating impact on their health and wellbeing.
In the meanwhile, cigarettes remain legal in all or most of the states who have issued bans. With consumers having no way of accessing vape products, but you can buy a pack of cigarettes at any gas station, where do you think many vapers will turn to?
These are just a few of the many reasons why this National Save Vaping Day is so important.
Societal Impacts of the Flavor Bans
Rise of the Black Market
Vaping isn't going anywhere, even if it's deemed illegal, and once legitimate businesses are forced by the government to cease all sales of vaping-related products, black market operatives will step in to take up the slack.
This means that vapers might find themselves in violation of the law by practicing something that was legal only a few short weeks before.
They may find themselves having to visit unsavory environments in order to procure their vaping products — after all, the most likely segment of society to deal with black market vaping supplies are established, drug dealers. Adding vapers to their customer base will only serve to strengthen their stronghold in the communities where they exist, and pushing people into the illicit market increases their exposure to dangerous substances.
States Will Face a Decrease in Tax Revenue
Communities that ban vaping can also look forward to lost tax revenue. Although there is no federal tax on vape products even though they're regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, states, counties, and municipalities are free to devise their own tax structure concerning them. Communities will lose money because the black market doesn't generate tax revenue.
Walmart Joins the Bandwagon
It isn't just certain states, counties, and cities that are deciding to ban vaping — major retailer Walmart has recently jumped on the anti-vaping bandwagon. Although this is probably welcome news to indie vape shops, it speaks to a larger picture that's not so great because bandwagons tend to be contagious — and those indie vape shops will find themselves out of business if the current momentum against vaping continues to increase.
Take Action This National Save Vaping Day
While the state of the vape industry is pretty scary right now, the fight is far from over. As the industry continues to unify, we'll have more than just a fighting chance against our opponents but, now more than ever, it's most important now more than ever to not lose hope and stand up to support the industry and each other.
This industry is facing a big threat, but with the support of each vaper, there's no challenge this industry can't overcome.
Now more than ever, it's crucial that every one of us stands up for what we believe in and defends this industry. Find out how you can get involved in this National Save Vaping Day by checking out all these resources
Visit and Learn
- Join the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternative Association (CASAA). They're nonprofit, but their cause could use your support.
- Call or write public officials in your area and urge them not to support vape bans
- Participate in National Save Vaping Day
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