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Signatures of Vapor Business Owners Needed for Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price

In his capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dr. Tom Price has the authority to direct the Food and Drug Administration to suspend or indefinitely delay all of the remaining filing deadlines, including the expensive and burdensome Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA), which are due by August of 2018.
If you are a vapor business owner in the United States - large or small - please add your name to this letter, which will be presented to Dr. Price. The letter asks for a permanent suspension or delay of all future filing deadlines under the FDA's Deeming Rule. (A PDF version of the letter is also available for any mobile users who experience issues viewing the letter).

Through this letter and other outreach efforts, we are hopeful that Dr. Price will understand the need to hit the pause button on the FDA's plan to remove most vapor products from the US market. This will give the industry more time to work with Congress to modernize the predicate date and stop the FDA from banning over 99% of vapor products on the market today. (RELATED - August 8, 2016 -- What Does it Mean for Vaping?)

Unlike those who previously served as HHS Secretary, Dr. Price does not appear to be an ideologue on tobacco and nicotine issues. In his former position as a U.S. House Representative from Georgia, Dr. Price had the foresight to vote against the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act, the same Act that is now being used in the FDA's shortsighted quest to destroy the vaping industry.

Not a business owner? You can help by asking your local vape shops to sign the letter.


* AVA recently joined with the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), Vapor Technology Association (VTA), and the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) to send a joint letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging support for HR 1136.

* AVA's Gregory Conley recently headed to West Virginia and Maine to gather video messages from vapers and small business owners to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Check out the videos here.

* Below are some recent news articles quoting the AVA

New York Lawmaker Wants Flavored E-Cigarette Ban -- NY Daily News

Study determines youths use e-cigs more to reduce risk than consume flavorings -- Winston Salem Journal

Is vaping hazardous to your health? The debate rages -- Palm Beach Post

What's the Future of Vapor? -- Convenience Store Decisions

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.

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