If you are reading this YOU are the resistance.
Please read this entire post and then make a decision whether or not you will help our cause.
We need YOU!
On Monday President Barack Obama signed and made official the ‘‘Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” giving the FDA power to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco.
Many months ago the FDA had already begun detaining large shipments of electronic cigarettes (not tobacco products) claiming the products are a drug / drug delivery device that fall under their jurisdiction.
How are these two events related?
The government is now reducing tobacco product choices for smokers while simultaneously eliminating the only viable and obviously much healthier alternative that has emerged and proven successful in the history of tobacco use in this country: Electronic Cigarettes.
If you have never heard of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs for short) and the results people have been getting with them please read my post on “How Electronic Cigarettes Work” and other articles on this site and on Google.
In an ongoing court case between the FDA and a large e-cig distributor, Smoking Everywhere, the FDA has revealed its intention to include electronic cigarettes in the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” signed into law yesterday.
What could this mean for the future of e cigs?
To get some idea, read the legislation here regarding regular cigarettes to see that the FDA will:
- Ban all candy & fruit flavored cigarettes other than menthol flavor 3 months from now!
- Control and likely force tobacco companies to reduce levels of nicotine in regular cigarettes
- Enact marketing restrictions that have raised censorship and free speech concerns
So, IF the courts decide to give the FDA the same authority over electronic cigarettes then it is likely that the abundance of flavored e-cig nicotine cartridges will be eliminated and e-cig nicotine levels will be reduced. Also, marketing restrictions will prevent more people from finding out about electronic cigarettes AND other smokeless alternatives.
Folks that have switched completely to smoking electronic cigarettes or e-cigs have noted that sufficient nicotine levels and flavor options as important factors that helped them switch.
How did this happen? A CNN.com article reports that a gallop poll conducted June 14-17 that indicated that a majority (52%) of Americans oppose this bill. Only 46% of Americans support this oppressive bill.
52% of Americans Oppose the ‘‘Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act”
Oddly enough, Phillip Morris supports this legislation! Why would they do that?
Phillip Morris supports this new legislation because they know it will lock in their existing market share and that if the FDA forces them to reduce nicotine levels then people will have to smoke more cigarettes to get the same amount of nicotine and they will make more money.
Oh, and the government will make more money on cigarette taxes of course.
In many cases today our government is creating and signing into law almost any legislation it chooses based on the work of a few, albeit well intended, do-gooders when it is obviously NOT the will of the hard working majority that make this country tick.
Once the hard working people find out what is happening to their liberty when the story breaks THEY DON’T GET A VOTE! So, there is nothing they can do about it!
Or, is there?
The recent actions of the FDA detaining shipments of electronic cigarettes into the country have recently brought the business of several large suppliers of these devices in the US to a stand-still. Also, many smaller distributors of the devices are having trouble getting product as the FDA is cracking down even harder.
People that have successfully switched to smoking electronic cigarettes are now VERY upset and worried that they will have to quit completely or go back to smoking regular cigarettes!
Please join me and others like you. We must act NOW!
We will first work to influence the courts to stop the FDA’s detainment of e cig shipments and to release the currently detained shipments to the people that now depend on smoking electronic cigarettes to keep them off deadly regular cigarettes.
We don’t need a lot of money or powerful connections necessarily although I’m sure we will manage to round some up in the process of rallying for our cause.
All we need is the INTERNET and enough NUMBERS from the 52% of people that OPPOSE the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to be persuaded to SUPPORT this cause. Support electronic cigarettes!
After this first goal is achieved we will then continue to educate people about electronic cigarette facts and the results vs. the intentions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act legislation.
We will also continue to influence future court decisions related to the regulation of electronic cigarettes separate from regular cigarettes.
What Can You Do to Help?
1. Subscribe to the newsletter
The most important thing for you to do right now is to scroll down to the bottom of the page or over to the side-bar and use the form to subscribe to become a member and receive a subscription to the newsletter. It’s 100% FREE.
In this form there is a checkbox titled “Send me CTAs.” Calls to Action or “CTAs” are just that. If you elect to receive CTAs by checking the box I will send you somewhat more frequent e-mails from time to time asking you to take some action such as comment on a blog to correct mis-information or write an e-mail to your government officials or any number of things that will further our cause.
All CTAs are 100% optional on your part and you are NOT required to participate. The more people that do participate however, the more power we have to influence the direction of things so please just do what you can.
The newsletter itself will be sent about 1-2 times per month and will also contain exclusive content for members.
2. Do your homework
Research this page and other resources on the net to learn the facts about electronic cigarettes so that you can educate others.
If you are a smoker, then purchase an electronic cigarette starter kit to see if it works for you and see if you can completely switch to smoking electronic cigarettes. Try to practice what you preach. Be a person that speaks from experience.
3. Be my eyes and ears
Add me to your e-mail contacts when you receive the newsletter confirmation. The internet and mass media are huge entities so I will need a lot of help combing through the parts relevant to electronic cigarettes.
When you find something on the web, TV, radio, newspaper or anything you think should be brought to my attention, send me an e-mail. I will take action and possibly send a CTA out to the group to focus our influence where it is most needed.
4. Follow me on Twitter
Email is great, but twitter is faster. We will use Twitter as our “phone tree” to coordinate and organize our actions.
Notice of most if not all new CTAs will be sent via Twitter. You can click on this link: https://twitter.com/sparky400, to follow me or go to www.twitter.com, set up an account if you don’t have one and follow “sparky400″.
Other important news and events will be posted / sent through twitter as well.
5. Subscribe to the RSS feed
If you are not familiar with RSS and what the benefit of it is watch this excellent video from Google that explains RSS and the benefits in 49 seconds flat. Once you subscribe to the RSS feed you be able to see each and every article and comment on the Electronic Cigarette Review from you RSS reader without even coming to the website.
This way you can stay completely up to date on all the most important and relevant issues related to electronic cigarettes.
6. Spread the word
Once you feel passionate enough about this cause tell as many people you are comfortable about electronic cigarettes and also this cause.
The most important thing is to make sure that people know that electronic cigarettes are a viable and obviously healthier alternative to smoking. It the person switches or really likes the idea of electronic cigarettes then also tell them about this page and get them to join this cause. We need as much help as we can get.
My Final Word
All I have to say is lets get going! Again, we need to act now folks.. At the time of posting this it is just a draft that Im sure will evolve over time and become more potent until our goals are achieved.
Please fill out the form below or on the side-bar to subscribe to the newsletter and don’t forget to check the “Send me CTAs” box if you would like to actively participate in influencing the direction of electronic cigarettes regulation in the US and the world.