On Halloween, April Thompson of Memphis’ WREG News Channel 3 examined the harsh warnings that tobacco company Altria has placed on their MarkTen e-cigarette.
The President of the American Vaping Association, Greg Conley, has doubts about the motives.
“This is a cigarette company trying to pretend they are protecting public health,” says Conley. “Big tobacco is absolutely targeting small business across this country. Their FDA comments back up they only want multi-million conglomerates to be in control of the market. “
At the vaping store Create a Cig in East Memphis, owners also think there is more behind the move.
“I think it’s pretty much part of their agenda to steer people back to cigarettes. It is just a good business decision on their part to try to make it look scarier to have an e-cig verses a cigarette,” says Aaron Lavene, owner of Create a Cig.
Some who quit cigarettes and started vaping agree.