AVA President Gregory Conley penned an editorial for The Hill’s Congress Blog, which is popular among Congressional staffers and policy professionals in the D.C. area.
Independent e-cigarette industry is antidote to Big Tobacco
Consumers were quick to understand and embrace the advantages of electronic cigarettes. The non-combustible, tobacco-free products are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create an inhalable vapor. They generate no harmful second-hand smoke and do not soil hair and clothes with noxious cigarette odors. More important, research is showing that e-cigarettes are the most effective method of helping smokers quit the tobacco habit.
In short, E-cigarettes contribute directly to the Food and Drug Administration’s goal of ending smoking-related diseases and deaths. Unfortunately, new regulations proposed by the FDA would hand much of this market over to Big Tobacco, a late entrant to the e-cigarette business.
About 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market is comprised of independent e-cigarette manufacturers — small- and medium-sized business many of which are owned and operated by families right here in the U.S.