Though the initial European Union e-cigarette ban was defeated just a short while ago, those government agents, politicians, and representatives are back at the drawing board trying to push through this ban from an entirely different direction.
Instead of gutting the electronic cigarette industry by outlawing the product directly (the electronic cigarette), they are working to outlaw and ban all of the “ancillary” solutions and components that people need to make the product work in the first place.
This includes (but is not yet limited to):
- All of the refillable cartridge systems
- All of the refillable atomizers
- All of the different flavors are available
- The imposition of a maximum 10 mg per unit nicotine content across the board
- Shutdown of Internet selling
- Ridiculous taxing on the actual electronic cigarettes themselves
Turning on the Pressure
Now, it’s become obvious that these people are just looking to establish these bans for one reason and one reason only – they stand to lose a tremendous amount of money.
Quickly becoming the “go to” solution for those looking to quit smoking forever, the number one reason that electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity across the globe (and not just here in EU member nations) is because it is so devastatingly effective at helping people quit smoking forever.
And while this would seem like a good thing on the surface, once you stack it up against the reality that there are a lot of invested parties that would stand to lose a tremendous amount of money if this ever really gets off the ground (the tobacco companies, pharmaceutical companies, and a number of other industries as well), you’ll soon see why there is so much of a push to stop this before it really gets going.
Those industries losing money would mean that the EU representatives (you know, the people that are supposed to be protecting us and serving our needs as opposed to serving big business) would begin to lose some of their “cash cows” – something that most of them simply cannot stomach.
How you can fight back against this issue
Well, if there’s anything that people learned from the initial electronic cigarette ban protest, it’s that taking a stand and uniting actually worked. Literally thousands and thousands of people came together to sign an online petition in protest, and many of them were able to actually drum up support in their local communities for physical protests as well. This led to a tremendous amount of stress and pressure being placed on the EU in general, and the initial ban was eliminated before it ever got a chance to get started. However, this time around, not only are we all going to have to band together to defeat this issue, where going to have to take things to the next level. We encourage you to contact your local representatives with a written letter (or email) that explains to them clearly why you want to see the electronic cigarette ban shut down once again. Not only should you go into detail about why you oppose this specific legislation, but you could also try to break down issues that you see with the electronic cigarette world, the benefits of this specific product as is, and how big business has absolutely no place in the government of the EU.
The more people that submit these letters the better, and it’s also helpful if you’re able to encourage people close to you – people affected by the electronic cigarette ban in particular – to write in as well. If this ban is going to be shot down once again, it’s critical that everyone gets together in a coordinated effort and really makes some noise!