No matter your politics, if you're a vaper, you've gotta love President Trump's latest move!
Vapers and the vaping industry have been holding their breath over a bill that is being voted on in Congress today. However, thanks to a statement released yesterday from the Executive Office of the President, the results aren't going to matter.
HR 2339 has been the most feared piece of legislation snaking its way through Capitol Hill that we've seen in years. It would ban all flavored vape juices, including menthol, it would ban all online sales and it would tack on a butt load of vape taxes so outsized that vape juice would become more heavily taxed than combustible cigarettes! For example, under the Bill, a 1 liter bottle of nicotine concentrate would cost $2,780 more than it does today.
HR 2339 is being voted on in Congress this very morning. However, in order to become law, it would still have to move through the Senate and, if it passed the Senate, it would eventually find its way to the desk of President Trump who would have the option to veto it if he so chose.
Well, he has already chosen. In a statement released yesterday, Trump has said that he's going to kick HR 2339 to the curb. Yeah, that's right, suck it, Congress!
"This bill contains provisions that are unsupportable by the available evidence," the Executive Office wrote. "The Administration cannot support H.R. 2339's counterproductive efforts to restrict access to products that may provide a less harmful alternative to millions of adults who smoke combustible cigarettes."
The statement in particular took umbrage with the Bill's prohibition on menthol e-liquids and disagreed with its approach to banning online sales when the use of age verification technologies could easily accomplish the prevention of sales to minors without having to shut down vast swaths of the industry or severely limit adult vaper's access to a variety of vape products.
The President also disliked the Bill's prohibition on marketing and advertising that "appeals to an individual under 21 years of age," noting that the inherent vagueness in this statement would potentially limit freedom of speech under the Constitution's Due Process Clause.
Trump urged Congress to take the focus off the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products and to instead implement his proposal to create a new, more accountable agency within the Department of Health and Human Services to respond more appropriately to the rapidly evolving field of novel tobacco products.
Cue the celebration on vape forums and in vaping households across the nation!