If you live in the UK and vape, this could well be the most important thing you read all week. As you might well be aware, a war is being waged against the vaping in the UK — one spearheaded by unelected, EU bureaucrats.
This week is basically the 11th hour for the UK vaping community. If the proposed bills go through, things will change drastically — and not in a good way.
The proposals, which, of course, come from some faceless entity in Brussels, will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the UK.
Vaping saves lives. Lots of lives. And the EU, whether out of sheer petulance, ignorance or lobby money, wants it gone — and if not gone then regulated to death and treated the same as actual cigarettes.
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This entire situation is insane. It’s like all of a sudden calling Coke Cola coffee, just because it has caffeine in it. No one would stand for that. And yet nobody seems bothered by the fact that vaping will soon be viewed and taxed the same as cigarettes.
We CANNOT allow this to happen. This is a democracy, contrary to what you might believe, and if enough people make their voices heard we can stop the TPD bill from ever becoming law in the UK.
So what can you do? Simple, follow these steps outlined by Planet of The Vapes:
1 – Continue to share the petition. Gaining 38,000 signatures is great but we need to see this rise. Share it wherever you can, please. You could post on forums outside of the vaping community, speak to your colleagues ask friends and relatives to sign it. Anything to show more support for this would be of huge benefit to the campaign. Last night’s episode of Horizon “E-cigarettes: Miracle or Menace?” was yet another piece of supporting evidence that we can talk about to those who are unaware of how thoughts on vaping are quickly changing and how the outdated policy will do more harm than good.
2 – Write to The Lords. Vapers in Power have put together guidance on the best way to write to the Lords. They have compiled a shared spreadsheet listing all peers and which ones have and haven’t been contacted by a vaper. You can find more details here – https://vapersinpower.wordpress.com/lordsvapevote-writing-campaign/. It does not take much time to write a letter outlining your personal story regarding vaping – it doesn’t need to be very long – and then send it on. Your supportive letters will help them to understand vaping and what it has meant to all of us who have successfully quit or cut down on tobacco through using them and also what the TPD, if implemented in its current form, will mean to those smokers yet to make the switch.
3 – Ask Labour to support the motion. To win the House of Lords vote that will literally block the TPD it is absolutely crucial that Lord Callanan’s motion gets the backing of the Labour Party. We are asking that you tweet the following Labour Shadow Health team – @heidi_mp @lucianaberger @GwynneMP @KeeleyMP @justinmadders @lordphilofbrum
Ask them whether they will be backing vapers in the #LordsVapeVote.