We are trying to address two important topics.
- The recent health concerns regarding “VAPE”
We need to draw the clear distinction between nicotine-based E-liquids and black-market THC vapes. Despite what has been depicted in recent media coverage, black-market THC products have been found to be the primary (if not only) cause of these recent illnesses and deaths.
- Youth access and use of ALL vape products. This includes regulated nicotine products as well as products designed for illicit drug use.
The truth is that teenagers use these products for the same reason they use any other products which are not intended for them…the effect that is produced by them. This effect or “head rush” is the result of the high nicotine levels in these products which are not intended for nonsmokers. We are not seeing similar trends of usage among the youth outside of the United States where these higher potency nicotine products are not sold. We are in full support of sensible measures to continue to ensure that these products, which are intended for adults, do not end up in the hands of children.
We are asking for local leaders to work with it’s citizens and local businesses to address the concerns surrounding the use of, and sale of these products within our communities. Each day that passes since the negative attention towards this industry started, more and more evidence is brought forward that shows that the E-Cig/Vape industry is not responsible for the recent illnesses and deaths seen across the country.
Facts and state reports now confirm that over 90% of these incidents are the result of using unregulated, illegally sold, BLACK MARKET THC vape products. This has been confirmed by the CDC.
We are asking for reasonable legislation that protects our youth and public health while we continue to provide safe access to these products for adults. Many adults have successfully used these legal nicotine vape products to eliminate their deadly habit and dependence upon traditional tobacco products. These individuals should not lose access to these options and neither should individuals who are still dependent on traditional tobacco products. The regulated nicotine products we are referring to have been sold within this community for over 8 years and have helped tens of thousands in this community alone. This does not include all the other adults all over the country, and the world for that matter, who have also found these products to be a viable option to help break their dependence on traditional tobacco products.
Our hope is that through reasonable regulations and unity within our community, we can accomplish what the rest of the country has not been capable of achieving. Smart and sensible regulations that protect adults’ access to, and use of, regulated nicotine products while making sure that our youth are not able to obtain them.
To ban the use of these nicotine products is to deny the facts about the link between BLACK MARKET THC VAPE PRODUCTS and these incidents as well as denying the facts about using traditional tobacco products and the harm they cause.
The ban of these products does not address the problems this legislation claims to fix.