Why Vaping Is a Big Deal in The 2016 Race for the White House

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As the debates continue and candidates duke it out in the primaries, America is carefully watching the progress of this year’s presidential election. Political pundits expect this year’s election to be largely decided by specific segments of voters. It’s nothing new, really. Sarah Palin appealed to soccer moms. Mitt Romney drew attention from religious types. But this year’s election could be largely decided by vapers.

Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said last week that vapers would be largely influential in the race to the White House. “I think that the next election, at the presidential level, and a lot of other levels, is going to be determined by the vaping community,” Norquist said. He pointed out that the pending FDA regulation is a big deal for vape fans and they will put a great deal of emphasis on vaping policy when determining which candidates to support at the polls.

“Vaping is not a product. It s a movement,” Norquist said. “It is a community, it is a political movement in support of a community and it’s changing the country in very good ways.”

While some might dismiss these claims as over the top, at least 10 million Americans are currently using vapor devices and these citizens aren’t likely to vote for any candidate that would push for regulation that could harm the industry. Vapers are passionate about the cause because they’ve risen from the trenches of tobacco addiction and now they see the beauty of life on the other side. They aren’t easily convinced to lay down their past experiences in order to follow the status quo.

So which party will vapers ultimately support? Norquist believes vaping puts democrats at a major disadvantage. “Democrats are hostile to the vaping revolution and will use taxes and regulation to throttle a growing industry that could potentially save lives,” he said.

Norquist and colleague Paul Blaire spoke out about democrats and the push to ban vaping in the National Review this month. “Since 1998, governments have collected more than $500 billion in cigarette taxes and payments from smokers. In 2013, Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payments and taxes helped the government rake in nearly $44 billion. No such punitive tax regime exists for e-cigarettes. Each time a smoker picks up an e-cigarette in Michigan, the state loses $2, and the federal government loses $1.01 per pack; in Illinois, $1.98, and in New York, $4.35. It adds up quickly, and for big spenders in state capitols, that’s a problem.”

Ultimately, Norquist thinks the GOP has a definite edge in this year’s election because of the libertarian leanings towards taxation and public health policy. What do you think… will vapers play a major role in determining our next president? Which candidate do you support?

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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7 Responses

  1. Mark Stave says:

    Grover Norquist is not a person we should look to for assistance. He is firmly associated with the wingnuts of the Republican party who are in the process of destroying their own credibility (such as it was) in our national legislature. He is an unprincipled opportunist looking for his next cash cow now that he has begun to run out of funders and leverage

  2. Tom Douglas says:

    Who cares what his reasons are? Sure he wants to make money off ecig innovation. I would much rather pay twice as much for the innovation vs paying twice as much for the same crap due to taxes. In the war we are facing an ally is an ally.

  3. Du2vye says:

    I would not be advertising support from Norquist since he’s been largely discredited to the fringes due to his failed policies. The vote for FDA appointee of one of the most heavily embedded industry lobbyist’s was nearly unanimous, 2 R and 2 D voted “no”. Everyone else said “yes”.

    It’s clear to me that Republican support for vaping is thinly veiled opposition to anything Democrats want and nothing more. If we loose that leverage, the RNC will turncoat and run. Watch republican gov’s and state legislators. There was an analysis showing more health insurance, tobacco company, and public health donations going towards republican’s this year. That doesn’t sound good.

    There was one person that objected to Obama’s selection of FDA director and that was Bernie Sanders. It was widely reported on social media since he can’t get national press. That’s a situation we should all be familiar with. I also reviewed his comments about tobacco products and he specifically called out RJR, directed towards cigarette manufacturers and said nothing about vaping. IMO that’s a good sign that he’s not willing to state policy about an unfamiliar product. That’s more than others.

    I don’t know why it’s so hard for the RNC to find a rational candidate. I would not be holding my breath for this current circus, that’s for sure. They have already lost.

  4. A recent example of this offensive is Big Tobacco’s actions against the thousands of small startups that are helping people quit smoking. Cigarette companies are spending millions of dollars to push product bans, higher taxes, and expensive regulations on their competitors.

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