A new bus tour to promote vaping in the U.S. began on Oct. 8. The event kicked off at American Vapor Manufacturers (AVM) president Amanda Wheeler’s vape shop, Jvapes Vape & Smoke Shop in Prescott, Arizona.
“Every American should have the right to use vaping to quit cigarettes. Critical health decisions should be up to the individual. Not the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]. Not the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. And certainly not nanny-state politicians in Congress,” the We Vape, We vote website states. “This fundamental belief underlies our entire effort. That’s why we need leaders who recognize vaping as a powerful harm reduction tool and the single most effective smoking cessation device ever created.”
The tour is designed to coincide with the midterm elections, and is intended to “amplify the voices of vapers in the 2022 elections,” according to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Washington, D.C.-based organization sponsoring the tour. Events will include “rallies at vape shops, voter registration drives, discussions with lawmakers” and more, says ATR.
Alongside ATR and the AVM, the U.S. vape trade groups joining the tour are the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) and the Iowa Vape Association.
“Events will be covered by local media and promoted on our social media accounts, sending a clear message to lawmakers in state and federal legislatures that vaping saves lives and America’s vapers vote accordingly,” says ATR.
The tour will make 13 stops in 13 states, including Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The entire schedule can be found at WeVapeWeVote.org website.