Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement:
“This report inappropriately paints this complex and important public health topic as a black and white issue. Despite the health officer’s false claims, there is ample evidence that vaping helps smokers quit and is far less hazardous than smoking.
“Smokers deserve truthful and accurate information about the relative risks of different nicotine products, not overheated rhetoric based on cherry-picked reports. California voters should ask their elected officials why the state is funding reports that are primarily being written to be used in lobbying.”
Bill Godshall, longtime anti-smoking activist and the Executive Director of Smokefree Pennsylvania, issued the following statement:
“The California Department of Public Health is now protecting cigarettes and threatening the lives of vapers and smokers.
“Nearly every sentence in the California Department of Health’s e-cig report is false or misleading fear mongering propaganda.
“By issuing this report, Ron Chapman has committed public health malpractice of the worst kind.”
About the American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and sensible regulation of vapor products, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, with the goal of maximizing the number of adult smokers who use these products to quit smoking. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.
We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our industry sponsors.