Fight for your right!
Wow, what an amazing 3 weeks it has been since we launched the website. We truly appreciate all of the customers, and people we have met in the last few weeks. All of you are so much more than just another customer, or another vaper. You guys are Hooligans! We realize that none of this is possible without each and everyone of you. We hope that you will spread the word about the Hardknock Hooligans. The Hardknock Hooligans are not about just us, it's about each and everyone one of you standing beside us and getting this movement rolling! We have a dream of making a positive change in this world. We need all of you to make that happen. We encourage you to dream big, take risks, and not be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.
Right now, we have a huge fight on our hands as vapers. There is a good chance that vaping as we know it will be changed, and not for the good. On October 19th, the FDA sent their final deeming regulations pertaining to the manufacturing and marketing of vapor products and electronic cigarettes to the OIRA (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) at the OMB (Office of Management and Budget). The deeming regulations will be reviewed for its wider implications and possible unintended consequences as part of the regulatory process. This is essentially the last step before the deeming regulations are final.
We Believe that our best chance at fair regulation at this point is the introduction of the bill HR2058. If passed the bill would adjust the February 15th, 2007 grandfather date to a more reasonable one: the future date at which the FDA finalizes its regulations. If HR2058 becomes law all products on the market before the adjusted date would not require a PMTA (Pre-market tobacco application) and would not be subject to a sales ban. If it doesn't pass, 99% of the products on the market would be banned.
Now hopefully at this point you are all sitting there reading this and wondering "What can I do?" We encourage you to visit casaa.org and sign up to become a member. Membership is free, and they will send you emails letting you know of any legislation, both locally to you and nationally. After you sign up for a membership, or if you are already a member, go to http://cqrcengage.com/casaa/app/write-a-letter?4&engagementId=101154. From there you can quickly fill out a form with your information and submit a pre-written email to your representatives urging them to cosponsor HR2058. You can edit the email to include your own personal story, or send it as is if you don't have the time.
We know you are busy, we all are. However we beg of you to take 5 minutes to fight for your right to vape. Let's all stand up and show them we have a voice. In the words of the great Bob Marley, "Get up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight."