Do Big Tobacco Have a Limit?
After seeing the news day in and day out it looks like this is the direction the big tobacco and big pharma are going to try and continue to manipulate the judgement of the Govt official with fat wads of cash –
UNLESS WE TAKE A STAND AND MAKE A CHANGE!
Maybe an open letter to EVERY governor like Shawn did over here may wake them up!
Dear Governor Asa Hutchinson,
I am writing today to say “Thank you!”
I had been led to believe that smoking was bad for you. I had further been led to believe that personal vaporizers and e-liquids might be able to provide an escape from the cycle of addiction that smoking had created for me and many of my friends. In fact, I quit smoking and have not smoked a cigarette for eight months. I feel better, breathe easier, smell better – in both senses of the phrase – and I no longer have to contend with piles of stinking cigarette butts and ash that sticks to everything. I was so enthused by the prospect of stopping smoking that I helped my step-son and step-daughter quit smoking, too. My non-smoking wife was very happy about that turn of events as she was tired of the smell, worried about our health, and worried about her own exposure to second hand smoke.
Not only had I quit smoking, but I had reduced my nicotine intake from bottles of 2.4% nicotine strengths to bottles with 0.6% and below nicotine strength. I have 4 bottles of e-liquid that contain no nicotine at all.
Thank you for setting me straight!
Now, thanks to you and the 90th general assembly of the state of Arkansas, I am about to leave on a trip to the local convenience store to purchase the first pack of cigarettes I have had in eight months. While I’m there, I might pick up a pack for my step-daughter and step-son, too. Don’t worry – they’re both well over 18.
Why would I do such a drastic thing? Because I can no longer purchase the e-liquids or hardware online. There are no stores catering to “vapers” in my little town. The nearest is about 45 miles away. That store, owned and operated by a young, likable entrepreneur, will likely go out of business as I don’t think he can afford the licensure or the increased cost of the e-liquid and hardware that Arkansas Act 1235 will bring down on him. There are two more brick and mortar shops even further away. I imagine that one of them might survive as it’s a franchise. I doubt I will be able to afford anything in that shop in the near future, though.
I guess I should also thank you for increasing unemployment in Arkansas as many of these small, locally owned businesses shut down. And, thanks for the reduced tax base for those towns losing these businesses.
I understand the reasoning as stated in the wording of the act: You want to protect us from shoddily made e-liquids. Out of curiosity, how many instances of shoddy e-liquid have been reported in the state of Arkansas in the last couple years? I did a rather comprehensive search and could find not a single reported instance. Read the full letter here.
Please share this with everyone you know and I’m sure Shawn wont mind if you just send it into everyone you think can make a difference.