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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.

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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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh is joined via Skype by Ali Saeed, the founder of HEMO (High End Mods Only), one of the most exclusive and often controversial vaping communities on Facebook.

“Big Ali” Saeed gives Josh a lesson on the history of high-end modding, something Ali was around for from the very beginning. From the first “GG” mechanical mods through the age of beautiful stabilized wood mods (that seem more like art than the functional devices they are), Ali gives Josh the rundown on how these devices grew in popularity over the last few years.

Ali shares his history in the early days of vaping communities, the back-story of how HEMO got its start, and how the group grew to be the behemoth it is today. Ali and Josh discuss vape drama, agendas, and controversy, as HEMO’s history includes all of the above. Ali reveals some of his favorite mods and in the end explains the service that HEMO provides to all those interested in high-end vaping.

Giveaway: One lucky winner is going to win a year’s supply of free e-liquid! Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win. One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY! Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win. Details of what to say in your post to win are in the episode!

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh is joined in the studio by Felipe Braunthal and Kyle Hashimoto, the creators and owners of Native Wicks Cotton.

Felipe and Kyle are old friends of CRAFT VAPERY, so Josh welcomes them to the show and the three fall into the same casual conversation they tend to have every time they see each other.  Kyle and Felipe tell the story of how Native Wicks got started, why their wicking materials are truly superior, and Kyle even gives Josh some essential pointers for wicking his RDAs and tanks. The three also discuss high-end mods, mod collecting, and Kyle calls Josh out for being kicked out of one of the most exclusive mod collecting groups on Facebook.

Giveaway: Three lucky winners are going to win a massive supply of Native Wicks premium cotton! Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win. One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY!  Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh is joined in the studio by Drew Fortman and Manny Echeverria from Kings Crest and Brian Nashick from Jazzy Boba! Between them, they are two-time Vape Summit Best of Show award winners, and have recently all come together on a new project called Bodega. Josh wastes no time jumping in to get the full story.

Brian “Grandpa” Nashick is the brainchild behind the hit sensation Jazzy Boba and recently released his second flavor, Dewwy Boba, at ECC 2015. Drew and Manny also have some tricks up their sleeves with the mention of Duchess Reserve from the Kings Crest line. After Grandpa Brian tells us the long drawn out history of vaping (parts 1, 2, and 3, unabridged), Josh demands a payoff and wants to know what to expect next. The answer is Bodega, a new collaborative project from the trio.

Giveaway: Three lucky winners will win the full line of Kings Crest and Jazzy Boba in 120ml bottles and a Snail RDA! That’s a ton of juice and a fancy new RDA to drip them on! Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win. One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY!  Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh is joined via Skype by Jennifer and Kim Hubby from BRV Liquids!  BRV (Bottle Ready to Vape) is tied to the Vape A Vet project, so Josh digs right in to get the full story.

Jen and Kim describe the BRV brand and mission, as well as the amazing cause that Vape A Vet represents: helping veterans and active duty service men and women get started vaping and off tobacco cigarettes.  Jen takes Josh through both lines from BRV Liquids, their standard line and the black ops line.  Josh asks about smoking in the military, as well as military life in general.  Josh and Jen talk about pending regulations in Arkansas, and the three discuss Vapin The Sun, an upcoming BRV Liquids event in Arizona raising awareness and money for the Vape A Vet project.

Giveaway: Three winners will receive the entire line of BRV Liquids – that’s right, all 15 flavors! Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win. One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY!  Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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In this episode of The VAPE CAST, Josh and Meriwether are joined in the studio by Cory Travalena, the mastermind behind Juice Parlour – Vape Summit III’s winner of the Best of Show: Drinks and Cocktails award!  Cory is also the graphical genius behind The VAPE CAST’s introductory graphics!

Cory discusses how he got his start in the industry and what prompted him to start making juices.  Meriwether and Josh rewind to the moment when they met Cory and his new wife at Vape Summit and tried the award winning Soda Jerk flavor. The three discuss the current state of the industry, from juice cloning to over-powered box mods. Josh pokes fun at Cory for his beat up IPV3 and promises to set Cory up with something a little newer to power his vaping fun. At one point, Josh decides to give some love to CRAFT’s Matt Berry and read some of his funnier Facebook statuses.

Giveaway: Three winners will receive a 120ml bottle of the Juice Parlour flavor of their choice. Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win. One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY!  Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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In this episode of the CRAFT CAST, Josh is joined via Skype by the one and only Phil Busardo from TasteYourJuice.com.  Phil is one of the best known voices in the vaping community and is well known for his in-depth reviews of mainstream vaping hardware and liquids.

Phil discusses how he got his start in the industry and what prompted him to start reviewing juices and hardware.  The two discuss Phil’s current top picks for mods and tanks, cloning, and the Chinese influence on the current market.  Phil goes on to discuss his relationship with Dimitri (The Vaping Greek), regulations pending for the industry here in the US, Diketones, and the lack of real research about the health impacts of vaping.  Along the way, Josh gets Phil’s opinions on the flavor profiles for CRAFT’s new line of Certifiably Vapable Liquids, followed by Phil’s take on where the industry is headed and what needs to change to make the future a reality.

Giveaway: Three winners will be chosen to receive a mod-and-tank-combo package generously donated by Phil and CRAFT VAPERY.  Make sure to watch or listen to the episode for details on how to enter and win.  One lucky listener will also win a free three-bottle box from CRAFT VAPERY!  Make sure to comment on this post to be eligible to win.

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