Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sign the White House E-cigarette Petition!

Q: How many vapers does it take to get the attention of the White House?

A: 5,000!

On September 27th, Eric Swick, of Cohoes, NY, started an online petition through a website called, "We the People." You can read the petition in its entirety by clicking the link below, but its message is simple:

"We petition the Obama Administration to recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective alternative to smoking and support job creation in this new industry."

Q: Will you sign?

A: . . .

The organizations that want e-cigarettes regulated out of existence hope your answer is no. They hope you aren't paying attention. They hope you don't care enough to get involved.

We think they're wrong (as usual). We believe you will not only take a few minutes to sign the petition, but that you'll ask your family and friends to sign it, too. (They've witnessed the positive change e-cigarettes have brought into your life, after all, and you don't have to vape to sign!)

There are a number of things that make this petition unique:

1) The website is sponsored by the White House;

2) 5,000 signatures requires the White House to issue an official response; and

3) The petition started only three days before the required number of signatures for an official response was raised from 5,000 to 25,000--so this is our only chance to be recognized with at least 5,000 signatures.

Time is of the essence, though. We have only until October 27th to get the needed signatures.

Click this link to sign the petition now: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/recognize-electronic-cigarettes-effective-alternative-smoking-and-support-job-creation-new-industry/57vtB0QK

You have to register an account using a valid email address, and only one signature per email address is allowed. Some people have experienced minor difficulties with registration (e.g., the "captcha"), but please don't give up. In all, registration and signing won't take more than a few minutes.

Once you're registered, you can sign the e-cigarette petition and do searches for other petitions on any number of issues you care about. Incidentally, the privacy policy (which you can read on the website) states explicitly that individuals will not be identified or tracked by signing.

Even if this petition doesn't get our ideal response, our sheer numbers will send a message loud and clear to Washington that we fully expect our representatives to address our concerns; i.e., we want to keep our liquids, our nicotine strengths, our online sales, and our flavors.

Imagine the impact tens of thousands of signatures would have!

So, please, if you haven't signed the petition, do so now. If you have signed, ask others to do the same. CASAA members have already achieved so much. Together, we can achieve so much more.