Voices of Vapers: Checking in with the Vaping Congressman (Guest: Congressman Duncan Hunter)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) talks with The Heartland Institute’s state government relations manager to discuss vaping and tobacco harm reduction. Known as the “Vaping Congressman,” Congressman Duncan Hunter represents California’s 50th congressional district, which covers East and North San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County. Congressman Hunter is a former United States Marine, and has served three combat tours overseas, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and he the first combat veteran of either Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Congressman Hunter is also a vaper and an advocate for tobacco harm reduction (THR). The congressman made headlines in 2016 when he vaped in a congressional hearing on an amendment to ban vaping on planes. Before vaping in Congress, Congressman Hunter authored an op-ed in the The Hill, where he implored the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to not restrict access to vapor products, as he believes they have saved his life, as well as millions of other smokers’ lives.
In this episode, Congressman Hunter describes his own personal journey to vaping, the flavor he’s currently vaping (Blueberry Crumb), his legislation that will separate vaping products from combustible cigarettes and place THR products on a continuum of harm, and his advice for vapers and policymakers when regulating these products.
For more information on Congressman Hunter and to see his legislation visit, hunter.house.gov or follow him on Twitter at @Rep_Hunter.
Voices of Vapers: Public Health Activists’ Fearmongering Campaigns Threaten Tobacco Harm Reduction (Guest: Michelle Minton)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Michelle Minton, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) joins The Heartland Institute’s state government relations manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss her expertise and work at CEI. Michelle specializes in consumer policy covering regulatory issues that include gambling, tobacco harm reduction, cannabis legalization, alcohol and nutrition. She is the author of numerous studies and her analyses have been published and cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as frequent guest in the news media. Michelle discusses her role on tobacco harm reduction policy, her recent CEI Policy Analysis Fear Profiteers: How E-Cigarette Panic Benefits Public Health Activists, the problem with the data surrounding the “youth vaping epidemic,” and how fearmongering campaigns and unjustified alarmism threatens current smokers from truly understanding and finding usefulness in tobacco harm reduction products.
For more information on Michelle’s work, follow her on Twitter @michelleminton and to see her work, please visit https://cei.org/.
Voices of Vapers: Vaping in the Show-Me State & Misconstruing Data (Guest: A.J. Moll)Podcast -A.J. Moll is the Executive Director of Missouri Smoke Free, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote science, health and legal aspects of vapor products through advocacy and education. Moll is also a member in good standing with the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association and former Vice President of Media Relations for Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education. Moll came into vaping due to government regulations prohibiting smoking through a Smoke Free law and has been vaping for eight years. Moll talks with State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud about how he found himself a vaping and tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocate, the regulatory landscape of vaping in the Show-Me state, and recent misconstrued data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey and the Monitoring the Future Surveys. The two also discuss U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adam’s recent Twitter statements, Big Tobacco’s role in THR, the fearmongering use of “epidemic” and how public health groups in the United States have continuously changed alarmism campaigns after science has proven e-cigarettes to be effective cessation devices and are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes. You can find more information about Missouri Smoke Free at https://missourismokefree.org, or follow on Twitter at @SmokeFreeMO You can reach out to A.J. on Twitter at @BRAVEmediaMO.
Voice of Vapers: One Woman Army and Her Many Roles in Tobacco Harm Reduction (Guest: Amy Netherton)Podcast -
Amy Netherton is vice president of domestic and international sales and marketing, and regulatory affairs director at Flavor Revolution, a highly recognized flavor supplier. Amy is also membership director for the Vapor Technology Association (VTA). She is president of the Indiana Smoke-Free Alliance (ISFA). Amy is a co-owner of Alchemist Vapor Shop and CEO of Transcendent Enterprise Consulting Group. She has a degree in cell physiology from Purdue University and is an active paramedic.
Amy’s unique set of skills have fostered positive dialogues between scientists, doctors, politicians and other professions.
Lindsey and Amy discuss how she found herself immersed in an active role in the vaping community, the work ISFA did in defeating Indiana’s monopoly on e-cigarette manufacturers, the importance of flavors for tobacco harm reduction, VTA’s hard work in 2018, the latest compliance regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and what Indiana and states can expect in 2019.
For more information about ISFA, please visit www.insmokefree.org. For more information on VTA, please visit www.vaportechnology.org. For VTA’s marketing hotline, please email [email protected] And to reach Amy, please email [email protected]
Voices of Vapers: Tales From a Globetrotter’s Fight for Tobacco Harm Reduction (Guest: Dimitris Agrafiotis)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Dimitris Agrafiotis joins Lindsey Stroud to discuss his history in the vaping community. Dimitris is executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, president of the Global eVapor Consulting and a host at SmokeFreeRadio. Dimitris and Lindsey discuss his efforts in Tennessee, the role of state and federal advocacy associations, self-regulation from the vaping industry, Dimitris’ efforts in the European Union, China, and how vaping is not Big Tobacco. You can find out more information about the Tennessee Smoke Free Association at http://tnsmokefree.org/. You can reach Dimitris at https://www.facebook.com/vapingreek.
Voices of Vapers – The Fight for Vaping in the Empire State (Guest: Andrew Osborne)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Andrew Osborne, vice president of the New York State Vapor Association (NYSVA) joins Lindsey to discuss a proposed flavor ban in the state of New York. NYSVA is an advocacy organization that supports more than 700 New York vaping businesses and more than 2,700 employees. The board has been advising researcher, legislators, government agencies, and industry stakeholders for eight years on local, state, federal and international issues. Andrew is the president and co-founder of Vapor Trail Electronic Inc., one of the first vapor retail stores in New York State.
Lindsey and Andrew talk about his history in the vaping industry, why New York’s proposed flavor ban is different than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to restrict access to flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores, and NYSVA’s efforts in the Empire State. For more information about NYSVA, please visit nysva.org.
Voices of Vapers – Catching Up With the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (Guest Mark Anton)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Mark Anton, executive director of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) joins Lindsey to discuss SFATA’s work in 2018. SFATA is a national advocacy organization representing member companies at local, state and federal levels. Mark is an early pioneer of vaping, CEO and founder of What A Smoke, LLC, an electronic cigarette and vaping device manufacturer and distributor. Mark is also a legislative director for federal matters for the New Jersey Vapor Rights Coalition. Lindsey and Mark talk about the early days of vaping, legislation in New Jersey threatening vaping, SFATA’s work on industry standards and what to expect from SFATA’s annual conference in Austin this year. For more information on SFATA, please visit sfata.org.
Voices of Vapers: An Overview of the Vaping Industry (Guest: Tony Abboud)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, state government relations manager Lindsey Stroud talks with Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association (VTA). VTA is a national trade organization representing manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and quality vapor products. Lindsey and Tony discuss how he found himself in the vaping industry, VTA’s work in preventing youth access to vapor products, VTA’s 50 State Joint Defense Strategy, and the organization’s work on ensuring access to flavors for adult e-cigarette users. Tony also discusses VTA’s third annual Vapor Game Plan conference, taking place in Austin, TX December 4-5. You can find more information about VTA at vaportechnology.org
Voices of Vapers: E-Liquids, Regulations, and the Federal Government (Guest: Jennifer Higginbotham)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Jennifer Higginbotham joins the podcast to discuss e-liquids and regulations imposed by the federal government on manufacturers. Jennifer is Chief Operating Officer of HiggyCigs, an e-liquid manufacturer that has been operating since 2014. Jennifer and Lindsey discuss Jennifer’s journey into electronic cigarettes, vaping devices and her company. They also talk about and how Jennifer was instrumental in helping streamline the process of product registration. She accomplished this by working with various manufacturers and the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.