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AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND Alohma

The Alohma Web Site is comprised of various Web pages operated by Alohma.

The Alohma Web Site is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of the alohma Web Site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

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alohma reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the alohma Web Site is offered, including but not limited to the charges associated with the use of the alohma Web Site.

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NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

As a condition of your use of the alohma Web Site, you warrant to alohma that you will not use the alohma Web Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the alohma Web Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the alohma Web Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the alohma Web Site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the alohma Web Sites.

USE OF COMMUNICATION SERVICES

The alohma Web Site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, “Communication Services”), you agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
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alohma has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, alohma reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. alohma reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.

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Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. alohma does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, alohma specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized alohma spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of alohma.

Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.

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alohma does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to alohma (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any alohma Web Site or its associated services (collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting alohma, its affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission.

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. alohma is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in alohma’s sole discretion.

By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.

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THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE alohma WEB SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. alohma AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE alohma WEB SITE AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE alohma WEB SITE SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION.

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TERMINATION/ACCESS RESTRICTION

alohma reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the alohma Web Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. GENERAL To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Washington, U.S.A. and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in San Mateo County, California, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the alohma Web Site. Use of the alohma Web Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and alohma as a result of this agreement or use of the alohma Web Site. alohma’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of alohma’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the alohma Web Site or information provided to or gathered by alohma with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect. Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and alohma with respect to the alohma Web Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and alohma with respect to the alohma Web Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent an d subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be drawn up in English.

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About us

ello, 

I am Sam Salaymeh, the founder of Alohma LLC and a passionate vaper! Alohma is my venture into the world of electronic cigarettes.

Genesis…  

In mid-2011 I started vaping when a friend introduced me to electronic cigarettes. These cool inventions had tremendous potential. So I invested in learning more about them and how they could make my life better. After countless hours reading, sampling, testing, mixing, breaking, etc. (you get the point), I realized that it’s quite a journey for a vaper to figure out what they like the best… Trying each of the many options felt like a waste of time and money, not to mention creating frustration! But I was determined to get to the bottom of it. Within a short while I became the guy that people would call before they made a decision on what to try or buy… Soon after the requests became, “hey could you just order that for me.” 

So… I decided to start a small business that would custom tailor a vaping solution to each and every customer.  I envisioned meeting with my customers to listen to what they like, dislike, goals, and lifestyle. I would then share my experience with the various vaping products and work with customers to compile the best combination to address their goals and fit their lifestyles… happy customers within an hour of conversation and customization. 

Fast forward…

I am in business now making customers happy every day. The process has been fantastic and the enthusiasm of my customers has been my fuel. I am building an inventory that will ensure that any item my customers want is always in stock at a great price. 

October 7th 2012… 

We are open for business at 723 N 120th St in Omaha! 

April 1st 2012… 

We are open for business at 725 N 120th St too!

June 2013… 

We are 16 Plumers strong and still building, new locations in the works! 

Dec 2013… 

We are almost 40 Plumers strong with 3 locations in the Omaha/CB metro to serve our customers. Our affiliates and wholesale program are serving several other communities. We are looking forward to serving more of our communities and further expansion in 2014.

May 2014… 

We are a family of over 60 Plumers that run 4 locations in the Omaha/CB metro to serve our community. Our wholesale and distribution program is reaching several states and is placing our products in more and more brick and mortar stores. Our local community helped us grow so we are now working on paying back with efforts and contributions to research, events, and the helping our neighbors.

Oct 2014… 

Our first retail store outside of the Omaha/CB metro opened in Sioux City, IA!

Dec 2014… 

We are proud of our team and are grateful to Omaha for voting us the Best of Omaha!

We are now running 6 locations, with one dedicated to wholesale, and are working on setting up more in Omaha and beyond.

We changed our name from Plumes to Alohma 🙂

Here’s the scoop… We have been blessed with growth beyond our wildest dreams in the short amount of time we have been open. We are now embarking on a new journey of expansion into several states and maybe internationally. With that in mind, we decided that we needed a name that is very uniquely ours and cannot be in any way confused with anything else.

So with these thoughts… we locked a bunch of vape geeks into a room, loaded them up on sugar, caffeine, gave them a few key elements to include in the name, then sat back and watched as their minds started working.  What we wanted our name to reflect was:

We are a company born and raised in  OMAHA. We are a bunch of GEEKS. We started as PLUMES. We love helping PEOPLE

It was a challenge combining all those things into one word that flows easily, it quickly became apparent that no such word existed so we had to make one up. 

Here’s how we did it:

Take the letters of OMAHA and scatter them around while making sure that O, H, and M are next to each other, just  because we are geeky like that. Then we took the iconic swirly L from Plumes and put it in the mix just to remind us of our origin. The creation of alohma, a name to honor everything that is Plumes. A happy coincidence it’s very similar in sound to the word “people” in other languages around the world. How can you go wrong with that!

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Battery Safety

Battery Safety

READ CAREFULLY

CAUTION: Batteries may explode or leak, and cause burn injury if recharged with an incompatible charger, disposed of in fire, mixed with a different battery type, inserted backwards, disassembled or stored with coins, keys, or other metals in your pocket.

Replace all used batteries at the same time. Keep in original package until ready to use. Do not carry batteries loose in your pocket or purse. Do not remove or replace the battery wrap.

Never use or charge a battery that has been damaged. Once fully charged, remove battery from charger.

BATTERY STORAGE AND HANDLING: Do not store loose batteries in your pocket. Keep loose batteries in a case to prevent contact with metal objects. Do not let batteries come in contact with coins, keys, or other metals in your pocket.

USE OF VAPOR PRODUCTS

  • Make sure you read and understand the manufacturer’s recommendations for use and care of your device. If your vape did not come with instructions or you have further questions, contact the manufacturer.
  • Don’t remove or disable safety features—like fire button locks or vent holes—that are designed to prevent battery overheating and explosions.
  • Only use batteries recommended for your device. Don’t mix different brands of batteries, use batteries with different charge levels, or use old and new batteries together.
  • Charge your vape on a clean, flat surface, away from anything that can easily catch fire and someplace you can clearly see it—not a couch or pillow where it is more prone to overheat or get turned on accidentally.
  • Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in your car on a freezing cold night.
  • Never charge your vape device with a phone or tablet charger. Always use the charger that came with it.
  • Don’t charge your vape device overnight or leave it charging unattended.
  • Replace the batteries if they get damaged or wet.

If your vape device gets damaged and the batteries are not replaceable, contact the manufacturer.

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FDA Info

FDA Regulations & what it means to your vape

On May 4th, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, released  its final regulations clarifying vapor products and vaping accessories as tobacco products.  These regulations also states that any product introduced after February 15, 2007 will be subject to very strict regulations.

The FDA regulations went into place  August 8, 2016. Although there are some changes made in the stores, let us reassure you we are not going anywhere and we are still your one stop shop for all things vape. Under the new regulations things like juice sampling, re-cottoning your coils, and cleaning your tank have new guidelines. We are proud to still be able to help you with your journey through vaping and we will continue to give you the best of what we have to offer everyday.

What to expect when you visit an Alohma store

Under the FDA regulations electronic cigarettes are now considered a tobacco product.  Due to this change we can no longer allow free juice sampling. There is a .50 cent charge for a day pass that will allow you to sample as many juice as you would like or you can purchase your very own Alohmaverse member card for $5 that will you the ability to try juices 12 different times.  

Although we have always had a strict policy of only selling to people 18 years of age or older, 21 and older in certain states, the rule has been taken a step further. No one under the age of purchase is allowed in the store with out  a parent or legal guardian.  Also, no minors are allowed to be in the testing area.

What about mail orders?

We still do mail orders only now we have streamlined it!  To get a mail order please call (402)671-5758 Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm or email us at shipping@alohma.com.  You can call after hours and a member of our shipping team will call you back the next business day. However, due to state laws there are certain states we can no longer ship to or they will require different packaging or showing ID upon arrival.  When you call us to place your order we will walk you through what the laws are for your state.

There are now certain states we cannot ship to California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas, Montana, Utah, and Washington DC.  We cannot ship to these states because of the laws created by these states.  If you live in one of these states email, write, or call your local representatives and ask them for help.  Ask them to support H.R. 1136 to over turn the laws for your state. 

How do the regulations effect the juice?

On July 26, 2016, the Children’s Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (CNPPA), Pub. L. 114-116, 130 Stat. 3 (Jan. 28, 2016), will become effective and will require manufacturers of nicotine-containing e-liquids to comply with the child-resistant packaging and testing requirements set forth in the Poison Packaging Prevention Act of 1970 (PPPA), Pub. L. 91-601, 84 Stat. 1,670 (Dec. 30, 1970).

This means all juice containers must be child safe, be certified as such, and have an FDA & CNPPA approved advisory statement about nicotine being an addictive substance.  Although we are still able to get you all of the amazing juices you have come to expect from us, the bottles sizes have changed.  Currently 30ml and 50ml bottles are available and we will honor the 120ml and 500ml pricing even if you do have to get a bit creative as to how many bottles you get :).

Although more regulations and rules are coming (different package and labeling) when it comes to juice there is a possibility of flavors outside of standard tobacco and menthol tobacco being banned from the market.  Earlier this year FDA officials were looking at to ban all flavors beacause they saw that the flavors as a way of marketing to minors.  The vape community stepped up to fight this ban and the motion has been set aside for now but, the FDA has said it will revisit this topic at a later time.  

What happens next?

August 8th,2016-no new product can be introduced for sale unless a Pre-market Tobacco Application(PMTA) is processed & approved. The market will freeze.  Although we can still get in things that are new to alohma, new devices, tanks, and juices being introduced on the the vaping scene will not be allowed unless they have a PMTA which is a long and expensive process.  

3-24 months (after 8/8/2016)-based on information project by vape advocacy groups, some vendors will exit the market due to excessive fees & application time requirements.  Even if manufactures can raise the money needed for the PMTA it does not guarantee approval.  The FDA can still deny the product.  

24+ months-it has been estimated that by 24 months after the FDA regulations begin 99% of vendors and shops will be closed because of failure to obtain PMTA.

How do we help?

HR 2058 can help

HR 2058 will change the predicate date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016.  Although it will not stop the FDA from regulating future vaping products, it will prevent 99% of products currently on the market from getting banned. Call your local representatives, congressmen, and senators and write them explaining why vaping is so important to you and why they need to support HR 2028.n your next visit to alohma ask the team for more information and what else we can do to save the vape industry.  We will help give you  a good place to start and let you know what the next step is.

HR 1136

The Cole/Bishop Bill

The Cole Bishop Bill. also known as H.R. 1136,  was introduced on February of 2017 and like HR 2058 it is looking to change the date on the FDA regulations.  With the FDA’s approach of regulating every device and juice on the market pry to 2007.  For more information about the new bill please click the link below.  

H.R. 1136

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives is a documentary about the 1 billion people that will be killed by traditional tobacco.  The documentary has been screened in multiple countries and through out many cities in the US.  A Billion Lives doesn’t just look at the tobacco industry it also looks at the governments role in the fight for vaping.  A Billion Lives has reached the Top 5 on iTunes.  To find out more about the documentary check out the link below!

A Billion Lives

Want more information?

Visit these sites and articles and see what else can be done.

CASAA

Not Blowing Smoke

No More Casulties

New Law on “Liquid Nicotine Containers”

The FDA’s Misguided Nicotine Crusade (WSJ)

FDA Assigns Zero Value To Smokers Who Die Because Of Its E-Cigarette Regulations (Forbes)

The tobacco control high command has lost its way – what we learn from its views on FDA priorities (clivebates.org)

GCC Compliance

Beard GCC Beard GCC Beard GCC – Country Club & Sail Away GCC – Arcane GCC– Cuttwood GCC Cuttwood GCC Cuttwood GCC – Dark Horse GCC Dead Throne GCC – Dinner Lady GCC – Epic Clouds GCC – Halo GCC – Namber Juice GCC – Outlaw GCC Outlaw GCC – Patriot GCC – Pin UP Rock Bottom GCC – Pinup Vapors GCC – Ritual GCC – Ruthless GCC – Arcane GCC – Alohma GCC Alohma GCC Alohma GCC – Dripwhich GCC –Mello Buddha GCC 

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Smok Tech Warranty Center

ATTENTION: Please do not send in any accessories, tanks, batteries or other items with your device.

Alohma will not be liable for missing items.

IN-WARRANTY RMA PROCEDURE

  1. Print and Fill out the RMA form entirely.
  2. Provide a copy of the original receipt or proof of purchase.
  3. Ship the item securely to the following address along with the RMA form and receipt
  4. We cannot ship to P.O. boxes, please include a physical address to ship your device to
  5. You may also visit one of our participating locations for replacement. To find the store closest to you, CLICK HERE

    Alohma
    Attn: SMOK Warranty Service
    130 Oak Park Dr. Suite A
    Mooresville, NC 28115

 

There is a three month warranty for most battery operated devices. Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. There is no warranty on cartomizers, atomizers, tanks, coils, drip tips, disposables, or any similar product unless it was DOA when you received it.

 

OUT OF WARRANTY

At this time we are not servicing any items that are out of warranty. Please ensure that your device is within warranty prior to shipping your item.

 

TURNAROUND TIME

Turnaround time for evaluation and service is between 3-4 weeks from the day Madvapes receives your shipment.

For out of stock items, please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.

 

SHIPPING FEES

You are responsible for the cost of shipping your item to Madvapes. If your item is covered under warranty, return shipping will be provided at no charge. If your item is not covered under warranty, you will be responsible for any costs associated with return shipping.

 

DISCLAIMER

Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. Alohma reserves the right to deny any warranty service. Please check the warranty prior to shipping. You are responsible for shipping costs to Alohma, and you understand that you will forfeit your item if you do not wish to pay for return shipping once Alohma has received your item, and it has been deemed that it is not covered under warranty. We do not accept international warranties. Please contact SMOK for assistance if you are located outside of the US. 

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Nebraska Area Senators

There is currently a bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature that would impose a 65% tax on vapor products in the state.

This would cause the price of Juice, Devices, Coils, and more to skyrocket. If you don’t want to pay more, let your Senators know!

Tell them vote “NO” on AM1569, Vote “NO” on LB397. Vapor is NOT Tobacco, and should NOT be treated as such.

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Feel free to express your feelings about AM1569 and LB397 to other Senators in Nebraska. 

Below you’ll find a list of the Senators near your favorite Alohma location.

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Click Here to Download & Read the Bill

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Recent News: What You Need to Know

Recent News in the Vaping Industry

Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses — including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains deeply concerned about these incidents and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate them as quickly as possible. 

 

“Instead of simply acknowledging that a large number of cases in the recent outbreak of severe, acute respiratory failure are due to black market THC vape carts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is undermining that key information and continuing to do everything it can to pin the outbreak on the use of traditional, nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes.” – Michael Siegel, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health1 

 

The Facts on “Vapor-Related” Lung Illnesses  

In April of 2019, FDA released a special announcement that both new and experienced e-cigarette users were experiencing seizures. As of late, CDC has stated that they are investigating over 450 cases of “vaping related” lung illnesses in the United States, of which, 215 have been confirmed. 6 total cases have resulted in death in California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Oregon. The cases in California, Minnesota and Oregon report THC use, while the other half disclosed no additional details.2 

Dr. Daniel Fox, a pulmonologist with WakeMed Health Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, stated in the telebrifing with CDC on Sept 6th that “During the work-up and the history, all the patients that we saw had used or consumed THC through their vaped, vaping devices through the e-cigarette.  And that seemed to be a common feature.”3Of the 8 patients that were treated for lung-illness in New Mexico, all reported that they were vaping THC oil.4In Minnesota, 17 patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases of lung illness and an additional 15 potential cases are under investigation. “Of those cases who have been interviewed, all reported vaping illicit THC products.”5 

 

How Have FDA and CDC Responded?  

Following their telebriefing, CDC released a warning urging people to stop their use of e-cigarettes altogether.6 They failed to mention the fact that public health professionals are turning their heads towards specific THC products, a common denominator in many of the lung-illness cases.    

 

The same day CDC released their statement, FDA posted their own announcement, which goes into far more detail. Rather than warning against all vapor products, FDA urges the public to avoid buying vapor products from illegitimate sources, and specifically tells people to refrain from using THC oils and modifying/adding substances to products purchased in stores. They specifically state that “most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data are limited about its effects after inhalation. While the FDA does not have enough data presently to conclude that Vitamin E acetate is the cause of the lung injury in these cases, the agency believes it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance.”7 

 

What Have Studies Revealed?  

The New York Department of Health released their own update on these cases on September 5th. “At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested.”8 The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on September 6th that delved deeper into 53 pulmonary illness cases in Illinois and Wisconsin. Of those patients, 41 were extensively interviewed, and 80% reported using THC products. Furthermore 24 patients reported using the same illicit THC oil marketed under the “Dank Vape” label.9 

 

How Can the Public Protect Themselves?  

It is best to avoid buying nicotine and THC based vapor products from illegitimate sources. Since CDC’s statement, many states are initiating their own public warnings against all vaping, while fewer are warning against illicit THC products specifically. This has caused widespread panic in ex-cigarette/current e-cigarette users who are under the impression that their conventional cigarette use is safer than vapor product use, initiating a switch back.  

 

Just to be clear, there has been no concrete link between legitimate nicotine-based vapor products and these lung illnesses, and keep in mind that correlation does not equal causation. As investigations continue, the percentage of patients that report using only nicotine products is getting smaller, as more are admitting to THC-oil use. 

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Donald Trump, along with HHS secretary Alex Azaar, announced that the administration would be banning all flavored vapor products from the market. In spite of an incredible 28% decline in youth smoking–according to early data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)–the administration is citing a 25% increase in vaping among young people as justification for taking such an extreme action.

The White House needs to hear from adult vapers and anyone who loves a vaper! A flavor ban won’t protect our children, but it will kill their parents.

Click the links below to start!

WRITE, CALL OR EMAIL THE PRESIDENT, HERE’S HOW

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP DONALD TRUMP FROM SIGNING THE FEDERAL FLAVOR BAN

NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION – LIGHT UP THE WHITE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD

WRITE YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES 

How many years did you smoke before quitting? What flavor helped you to quit? Share your story with us on Instagram or Twitter @madvapes ! Tons of people have quit smoking thanks to vaping and studies show that you have a higher likelihood of quitting if you use flavors. We produce and sell high-quality eLiquids that are safe for consumption. The problem is NOT flavored eLiquid!#WeVapeWeVote

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References 

  1. Siegel, Michael, The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary, Sept 10, 2019. https://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR3VbmIdmxLaD3sfdaOjVYGwy6vCkaJM9fJkpzffgW7jW81tjGXWus8HjJc 

  1. American Vaping Association, The Facts on Vaping Related Lung Illnesses, Sept 10, 2019.  https://vaping.org/the-facts-on-vaping-related-lung-illnesses/ 

  1. CDC, Transcript of September 6, 2019, Telebriefing: Investigation of Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/t0906_telebriefing_investigation_pulmonary_disease_e-cigarettes.html 

  1. New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Health Reports Eight Cases of Severe Lung Disease Associated with Vaping of THC Products, August 29, 2019.  https://nmhealth.org/news/awareness/2019/8/?view=790 

  1. Minnesota Department of Health, Health officials report death in a patient hospitalized for vaping-related lung injury, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2019/lunginjury090619.html 

  1. CDC, Outbreak of Lung Illness Related to E-cigarette Products, Sept. 6, 2019.  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html 

  1. FDA, Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products, Sept 6, 2019.  https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/vaping-illnesses-consumers-can-help-protect-themselves-avoiding-tetrahydrocannabinol-thc-containing 

  1. New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Health Announces Update on Investigation into Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses, Sept 5, 2019.  https://health.ny.gov/press/releases/2019/2019-09-05_vaping.htm 

  1. Layden, Jennifer E. et al. Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in Illinois and Wisconsin — Preliminary Report, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1911614 

 

 

 

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