Electronic cigarettes are hot on social media right now as fans work together to protest the European Union’s intended ban on e-cigs. On Sunday, vapers were so busy ranting on Twitter that they were able to outrank X-Factor! Typically “#Xfactor” is one of the most popular hashtags, but on Sunday, “#EUecigban” was getting more action. In fact, in one hour, the X-Factor hashtag had 630 tweets, but the EU Ecig Ban had 18,000 tweets!
So what brought on all the sudden social media talk about electronic cigarettes? It all started after vapers heard about a new EU ecig ban that could take away their rights to enjoy vaping. Just a few months ago, the EU parliamentary vote rejected an e-cigarette ban, but that victory was short lived. It wasn’t long before legislators went back to the drawing board and came up with brand new ways to strip vapers of their e-cig rights.
What’s Included in the New E-Cig Ban?
The latest proposal for e-cigs in the European Union is much worse than we could have anticipated. It would completely end vaping as we know it and many former smokers would be forced to pick up tobacco cigarettes again thanks to the heavy restrictions on vaping. If the proposal is accepted, European vapers will have to accept some massive changes
The first thing to go will be the refillable tank systems. Those would be completely banned along with clearomizers. Instead, you would only be allowed to purchase a single use cartridge. Don’t even think about buying flavored cartridges though! The only flavors that would be allowed are the ones that are currently available in nicotine replacement therapy products. So basically, you will be stuck with tobacco and menthol flavors and nothing more.
It gets worse. E-cigs will have a maximum nicotine content of 10mg per unit. This is so low that it would be completely ineffective for heavy smokers and very few experienced vapers will be content with this low level. Many would end up going back to cigarettes just to get the adequate amount of nicotine. E-cigs would also face new requirements that the nicotine dosages are automatically regulated. Unfortunately, this technology doesn’t even exist yet so in the mean time, I guess all e-cigs will have to be banned!
If you think you can get around the ban by shopping online, think again. The new proposal will also likely ban internet sales on e-cigarettes and distance selling will also be outlined so you can’t even place an order over the phone or by postal mail. Ultimately, this proposal would strip you of everything you enjoy as an e-cigarette user.
E Cigarette researcher Dr Farsalinos said, “I am afraid that the European Union is once again trying to destroy the e-cigarette as an alternative-to-smoking product by trying to implement regulations that constitute a ban for the majority of products. Not only do they ignore science but they also make decisions that are against the will and vote of the MEPs just 40 days ago.”
Help Us Get the Word Out!
The only way to stop the proposed electronic cigarette ban is to protest it in every possible way. Write your representatives and urgently demand that the Amendment 18 proposal be deleted. Even if you don’t live in the European Union, help us raise awareness by taking to social media and voicing your opinion. If all of the world’s estimated two million vapers will speak out and defend their right to vape, it could make a difference.
There are several ways you can get involved. Tonight at 9 PM, join other vapers for a big tweet fest and use the hashtag #EUEcigBan. If you can’t tweet at that time, schedule your tweets with a free service like HootSuite so we can gain traction and raise awareness.
You can also sign a petition to stand against the ban. As of this morning, there were already nearly 13,000 signatures but we will need more to make a difference so take a minute to sign it here.
So what are you waiting for? Raise your voice and help us fight against this unfair ban on electrnoiic cigarettes. Don’t be apathetic just because you aren’t directly impacted. The truth is that we are all impacted because the FDA is not far behind and is undoubtedly watching the EU for clues on the best direction to take in dealing with ecigs. Will you take a minute to send out a tweet?