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No On Prop 56

 

With little over a month left before the election, it’s time for us to remind all California residents to vote NO on Prop 56 in this coming election.

On the surface, Prop 56 appears to raise cigarette taxes by $2.  While we are all for increased taxes on tobacco products, this would also levy an unjustified 65% wholesale tax on vapor products.  That means that a $20 bottle of E-Liquid could cost $34 or more before sales tax!

Even worse, Prop 56 takes the money and diverts it largely to insurance companies who have to do nothing for the money.  More than 80% of the revenue created by this tax goers directly into the pockets of greedy insurance companies and does nothing to improve the lives of smokers or Californians.

We’re trying to reach out to every California vaper to ask the following:

  1. Register to vote – The deadline to register online is October 24th!
  2. Vote No on Prop 56
  3. Tell every non-vaper that you know to also vote No on 56!
    Prop 56 isn’t just bad for vapers and smokers, it’s bad for California:
  • Insurance companies will receive 82% (over 1 billion) and not have to take on any new patients!
  • $147 million goes to administrative costs and expenses with ZERO accountability!!
  • Only 13% goes to tobacco prevention, cessation and education programs!!!
  • Prop 56 circumvents the CA constitution to rob our education system of $600M!!!

We are asking that you take the pledge, “I Vape, I Vote” this November 8th and vote NO on Prop 56.

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Senator Ron Johnson (WI) is taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task over the impact of the “deeming rule” on small to medium vapor businesses across the country. Sen. Johnson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has sent several letters to the FDA requesting to see, among other things, their calculations regarding the number of vapor businesses that would be forced to close as a result of the deeming rule.

The FDA has rebuffed his request for information.

From CASAA’s perspective, the independent vapor shop is vital for ensuring consumer access to a wide variety of vapor products, as well as for helping smokers successfully transition to smoke-free products. Without a doubt, the FDA regulations will kill the diverse vapor market, which will lead to thousands of vapor shops closing. Senator Johnson is working to prevent that.

Please take a moment now to send Senator Johnson a thank you letter.

Click here to say, “Thank you for standing up for vaping.”

(For a pre-written letter that you can print and send, click here. To edit this letter, make a copy in google drive and then include your additions)

If you live outside of Wisconsin or would prefer to write a letter by hand, please send it to:

 The Honorable Ron Johnson
517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 408
Milwaukee, WI 53202

If you are collecting many letters to send off to the senator, please share a photo of your effort on social media. Use the hashtags #AnswerRonJohnson and #WeAreVapor

(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.

(Writing Tip #2) Although we’ve provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

 

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Federal Regulations now require age verification for all US customers

As of August 8th, 2016, under both federal and state law, we are now required to age verify our U.S. customers and confirm that they are of legal smoking age prior to delivering their orders.

We have selected Veratad Technologies to provide our age verification technology.  While they are great at what they do, verifying your age accurately relies on getting accurate information from you. More information on Veratad and our age verification policies can be found here.

All customers will be required to enter their actual birth date as part of the billing information provided in our checkout process. For members, you will only need to re-verify if you change your billing or shipping information in your account.

Existing members can verify their age in the member account settings of our website.  If you have not verified your age in our system ahead of time, we will attempt to automatically verify your age on your next recurring billing date.  If that automated process fails for any reason, our CRAFT Care group will attempt to contact you to verify your age manually.

Existing Members: Verify Your Age Now
Here are some tips to help ensure that make it through the process quickly:

  • Give us accurate information – Full legal name, birthdate, billing address, mailing address.
  • Use an established address – Addresses that you have used for tax returns, credit cards, car loans, voter registration, drivers license tend to work the best.
  • Put your mailing address on file with your credit card – Veratad’s system checks 3rd party public databases (like credit bureaus) to verify your age, putting your address on file with your credit card company helps to ensure that your mailing address is found by our system.
  • Use the same address for billing and shipping – It’s not required, but it helps.

Please join us in continuing to fight for our rights to an alternative to smoking by visiting August8th.org to find out how you can make your voice heard.

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Countdown to Vaping Prohibition Begins as FDA Rules Take Effect

New rules are a ‘win’ for Big Tobacco, says Wells Fargo analyst

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Vaping Association (AVA), a leading voice for the benefits of vapor products and electronic cigarettes, is warning that new rules on vapor products going into effect today from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will harm public health and close thousands of businesses.

“It is a misnomer to refer to what the FDA is doing as ‘regulation,’” says Gregory Conley, President of the AVA.  “This isn’t regulation; it’s prohibition for all but Big Tobacco and perhaps a couple of companies with big Wall Street investments.”

In tobacco country, meanwhile, things are looking much brighter. This morning, Bonnie Herzog, a managing director for Wells Fargo, declared in a research briefing, “We expect to see a continued shift in consumption of e-cigs / vapor back to combustible cigs as e-cig choices become more limited — a net ‘win’ for big tobacco.”  

“FDA’s rule freezes the market as of today.  In two year’s time, 99.9%-plus of vapor products will be banned,” continues Conley.  “These bans will not happen for health reasons, but because manufacturers simply cannot afford to spend millions of dollars to gamble on whether the FDA will allow them to stay in business.”

(Conley has authored an article, ‘August 8, 2016 –What Does it Mean for Vaping?’ that details the specific rules that go into effect today.)

“Thanks to the FDA, it will now be easier for a new Marlboro cigarette to come to market than to continue marketing products that are indisputably far less hazardous than smoking,” says Conley.  

The AVA, who is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the FDA’s regulations, does not oppose federal regulation of vapor products, but believes that any regulations must allow for the existence of a diverse and evolving marketplace that caters to the needs of smokers looking to quit.

“In their landmark report ‘Nicotine Without Smoke,’ the Royal College of Physicians cautioned that while governments should regulate vapor products, great care must also be taken not to slow the development of these reduced-harm alternatives,” says Conley. “This rule not only halts innovation, but it rolls back existing technology over a decade.”

The AVA estimates that vaping has helped over 10 million people quit smoking worldwide.

 

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About the American Vaping Association

The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that encourage the growth and sustainability of small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.

We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor.  The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our sponsors.

You can learn more about AVA and vaping by visiting the AVA website. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Happy birthday to us! CRAFT VAPERY is officially two years old!

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every member of our CRAFT Family who has taken this journey with us!

Help us celebrate all month long using the promo code COOKIES, good for 25% off in the CRAFT Shop* and 50% off your first month’s curated subscription box for new members!

We plan to celebrate with you all the way into January, when we will be unveiling many of the great projects we’ve been working on! Stay tuned for more information about some exciting things to come.

Here is just a small list of some of the amazing things we are really proud of in our second year:

  • Introducing CRAFT VAPERY Certifiably Vapable Liquids to the world! We have been working on our very own line of e-juice, including It’s Toast, Cornbread, and Sticky Rice since day one, and this year we finally got to show you what we’re made of!
  • Launching The VAPE CAST, CRAFT VAPERY’s very own podcast featuring incredible brands, talented e-juice makers, and influencers all throughout the industry. You can watch The VAPE CAST on YouTube, iTunes, and ShoutEngine!
  • Creating our online community, WE ARE CRAFT VAPERS, to give vapers everywhere a place to come together and chat about vaping, e-juice, hardware, trends, and anything else on their minds! We’re almost at 4,000 members – join us today on Facebook!
  • Establishing CRAFT Society, where you can get all of the perks of a CRAFT VAPERY Subscription, like member pricing in the CRAFT Shop and exclusive access to new products, without the monthly boxes and fees.

We could not have made it this far without each and every one of you, so again we would like to say a huge THANKS to our CRAFT Family!

*Items on sale in the CRAFT Shop are excluded from the 25% off promo code.

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh and Meriwether sit down with Amber Meyer from Apothecar-E Distribution to discuss international vaping and how the industry has grown to be a global force to be reckoned with.

Josh, Meriwether, and Amber discuss the current state of international and domestic vaping laws. Amber gives Josh and Meriwether a lesson on the Canadian market, which is where Amber is from. They then go on to draw comparisons between the Canadian market and the market here in the United States. The trio discuss what it takes to be successful in vaping today, including packaging, marketing, and how much time you have to put in to make your brand successful.  They wrap it up with a discussion about advocacy in vaping and why it’s so important.

Giveaway: One lucky listener will win a massive supply of e-liquid from Teleos, including the full line of Breakfast at Teleos, Remix, Teleos Core, and Cloud Science, as well as a Swarovski crystal mod from Emperor Vap’east! Another lucky listener will win one free month of CRAFT VAPERY! Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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CRAFT VAPERY is headed to the White House to help represent the vaping industry to The Office of Management and Budget in advance of its decision on recently proposed FDA regulations.

CRAFT VAPERY believes that The Office of Management and Budget has not heard the full story, and we need your help to tell them our side.

CRAFT VAPERY wants The Office of Management and Budget to hear from YOU, the consumer, about how the FDA’s proposed regulations would harm your access to vaping.

Your testimonials will become public record and will be left at the White House to tell lawmakers why access to vaping matters to you. This is your chance to be heard in a way that will matter.

We are looking for testimonials from customers on the following points:

  1. How vaping has improved your life (as compared to when you were smoking).
  1. How CRAFT VAPERY has made access to and education about vaping more accessible.
  1. How buying online is critical to you in order to continue vaping and avoid combustible tobacco products.

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vapingtestimonials to submit your testimonials. If you would like, please feel free to share the testimonial link or this blog post with your vaping community to help us spread the word!

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh sits down with Ray “Thumper” Parker to discuss Thumper’s extensive experience in the vape industry, from his time at Saveurvape (best known for The Standard and The Originals), Marina Vape (best known for Alpha Vapes), and his latest project, Taffy Man (winner of Best in Show: Candy at The Vape Summit IV in Houston).

Josh and Thumper discuss his role in the formation of the vape industry as we know it today. As a fixture in our SoCal vaping community, Thumper has been around for a long time and has seen the industry mature. Josh and Ray discuss how he got the nickname Thumper, his record on the striker machine, and what he thinks it takes to achieve success in the vape industry. Ray also talks about both of his e-juice lines, including Cloud Stout, which debuted at Vape Summit III, and Taffy Man.

Giveaway: One lucky listener will win the entire line of both Cloud Stout and Taffy Man in 30ml bottles in the nic strength of their choice! Another lucky listener will win one free month of CRAFT VAPERY! Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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Thank you to our friends at the American Vaping Association for the following article.

New Poll Finds Americans’ Risk Perception of Vaping is All Wrong
Will ‘Public Health’ Groups Lift a Finger to Change This? Of Course Not.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll from the Boston Globe and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that most Americans are uninformed or hold outright wrong beliefs about the risks of vapor products and electronic cigarettes. This has the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of reduced harm nicotine and non-nicotine products, calling on the purported ‘public health’ groups responsible for creating these warped risk perceptions to begin undoing the damage.

Of the 1,014 respondents, just 44% accurately reported that they believed vapor products to be less harmful than tobacco smoking. Meanwhile, 32% and 6% inaccurately believe they are just as harmful or more harmful, respectively, and 14% could not answer the question. The poll also found that 64% believe that taxing vapor products the same as tobacco cigarettes is good public policy, while 32% oppose such measures. Additionally, 48% of respondents oppose banning flavors in vapor products, while 46% indicated support.

“Let’s be clear — there is no doubt in the scientific community that vaping is far less hazardous than inhaling burning tobacco smoke. The fact that more than half of the American population can’t answer this question accurately is a scandal,” says Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association.

“The immense level of spending of public dollars we see going towards creating unethical propaganda campaigns naturally results in a confused populace,” continued Conley. “This poll is not measuring public opinion, but the effectiveness of a well-funded corporate strategy to destroy a category that is eroding a cash cow for Big Pharma. Executives at GSK and Pfizer are surely smiling at the results of this poll, as it shows that their multi-million dollar donations to purported ‘public health’ groups are not going to waste.”

Not surprisingly, the anti-tobacco movement does not seem concerned about the inaccurate risk perceptions that they’ve helped create. When contacted for comment by the Boston Globe, a spokesman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids did not lament that erroneous perceptions of risk are bad for public health. Instead, he pivoted and pretended that this poll shows that Americans support the FDA’s proposal to ‘regulate’ vapor products.

“The FDA’s proposal would decimate the industry and lead to over 99.9% of vapor products being banned. That is prohibition, not reasonable regulation. If these groups cared about health, they’d be exposing the truth about the FDA’s regulation.”

On the non-controversial side, overwhelming numbers of Americans believe in common sense regulations, with 90% believing only adults should be able to purchase e-cigarettes and 94% believing that products containing nicotine should be labeled as such.

“A recent CDC poll found that over 20% of Americans who have quit smoking in the last year are using vapor products. The number of recent quitters could be much larger if it wasn’t for dishonest and unethical campaign tactics that seek to paint these smoke-free and tobacco-free products as being just as dangerous as cigarettes,” said Conley. “The public health establishment should be called to task for their role in misinforming Americans about these reduced harm technology products.”

Again, CRAFT VAPERY would like to thank AVA for this article.

You can connect with AVA on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Vaping Association:
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that encourage the growth and sustainability of small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.

We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our industry sponsors.

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh gets political. His very special guest Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director & President of SFATA, is here to help set the facts straight about the deeming FDA regulations, HR 2058 (otherwise known as the “Cole Bill”), and what you can do as a consumer, as a business, and as an influencer in vaping. If you have any questions about the recent regulations and proposals concerning vaping (and what you can do to help change it), this is a must-watch episode.

Cynthia begins by explaining what SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association) is, and talks about the history of the organization. Josh asks what SFATA has accomplished thus far, and Cynthia lays out the areas we still need to organize and fight to help preserve the vaping industry. Josh and Cynthia discuss the upcoming SFATA elections (Josh has decided to run for the national board of SFATA), and what SFATA needs to be successful.

In the end, Josh tries to get a real-world view from Cynthia on where all of this will end up and where the vaping industry will be when the dust settles. If this episode doesn’t wake you up, we don’t know what will.

Giveaway: Approach your local vape businesses about activism and joining SFATA and tell us what they had to say in the comments. ONE winner will get SIX FREE MONTHS of CRAFT VAPERY, and THREE winners will get the FULL LINE of CRAFT VAPERY Certifiably Capable Liquids in 30mls in the nic strength of their choice.

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