Roll Call reports:
Vapers across the country are swarming Twitter, the White House comment line and statehouse steps with the message: “We Vape, We Vote.” They’re speaking out after a slew of attacks on their way of life. President Donald Trump announced his support for a vaping flavor ban in September. Some states temporarily banned the sales of vaping tools or flavors. And the CDC has warned people to stop vaping until public health experts can find the cause of more than a thousand cases of lung injuries nationwide.
The backlash from vapers and vape shop owners is getting louder as they argue their small businesses and their rights to what some see as a smoking cessation tool are being trampled. Political groups are noticing that vaping is an identity, not just a hobby. Conservative powerhouse Grover Norquist, whose Americans for Tax Reform group hosted over 200 vaping advocates last month in Washington, D.C., cautions this is an electorate Trump should not ignore for 2020.
Last month Trump advisors warned him that a vaping crackdown could cost him his slim margins in swing states.