“This is going to be a grim day in the history of tobacco-harm reduction,” Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, told the Wall Street Journal. “It will be a day where thousands of small businesses will be contemplating whether they will continue to stay in business and employ people.”
The AVA and the Tennessee Smoke Free Association (TSFA) recently criticized the Tennessee Department of Health for misleading smokers about the risks of vapor products.
The Tennessean’s Todd Barnes reports:
TSFA, in conjunction with the American Vaping Association, disputes the Health Department.
“By inexplicably portraying nicotine as the primary risk factor in smoking — rather than the smoke and tar created by combustion — the department of health sends an irresponsible message to the over one million smokers in Tennessee,” Dimitris Agrafiotis, TSFA executive director, said in a press release. “This deceit not only impacts adult smokers who may be scared away from using e-cigarettes, but also could result in smokers believing that FDA-approved quit methods like the nicotine patch and gum are harmful due to presence of nicotine.”
Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal — the hometown paper of tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. — covers the AVA’s opposition to Reynolds’ request that the FDA ban all open vapor products, e-liquids, and most flavors.