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Becoming “woke” seems to have established itself as a trend among young adults in America, which is quite a relief for many reasons. Primarily due to the fact that around the time I was in Grad School, I was very concerned that the majority of people seemed to aim never aspire to reaching a higher state of consciousness. Most young Americans and the majority of the general public are still blissfully ignorant, remaining as a barrier to opening the mind. Civic Disengagement Is still an issue, however, it seems that Vaping has been receiving much of the credit for allowing others to awaken from their slumber of willful ignorance.
Lately, from conversations with the “everyday” Vaper, it has been confirmed to me by many that their own concern for being engaged as a citizen has largely improved, only since they began vaping. Considering this, I’ve written about how vaping can assist people in many other aspects to reducing harmful circumstances in their lives along with quitting smoking.
For instance, one article I wrote over a year ago was about how the entire vaping lifestyle can help recovering addicts – every single suggestion by nationally recognized recovery programs consists of behavioral changes that the vaping lifestyle naturally provides.
Becoming Woke is Advantageous
Furthermore, it seems now, we’ve received proof from vapers who have invited this lifestyle into their everyday existence are experiencing another benefit to quitting smoking by becoming a Vaper. This benefit is without a doubt, a heightened awareness to the ongoing social issues within our communities and around the world.
At least, in the U.S., many vapers are not easily fooled by these continual distractions our news networks seem to attempt brainwashing Americans with. Most vapers I converse with are acutely aware of now having the gift to see our social reality clearly. While prior to becoming a vaping, they admit to being far more susceptible to possessing a “false consciousness” – an incorrect perception of social reality
Sleep & Smoke or Wake & Vape to Be Woke
If you begin vaping to reduce the harm you have put yourself through from smoking cigarettes, than it is highly likely that you can quit smoking for good. If this occurs, which it surely does with the majority of those who commit themselves, whether after one attempt or many, something else may become clear. Not only can you quit cigarettes, but you can also become far more aware of your social reality.
In Sociological terms, it is referred to as possessing a “Sociological Imagination.” While in 21st Century America, many are calling this awoken consciousness as becoming “woke.”
Therefore, if you are a smoker who feels a strong sense of civic disengagement, then it would be recommended by many and advantageous to even more to consider switching to living a vape life. Don’t sleep and smoke, wake and vape to get woke!
— Kieran Cartharn City Council Candidate Columbus, Ohio
Interviewing City Council Candidate Kieran Cartharn
In a recent interview, Columbus City Council candidate Kieran Cartharn said to me, “We need sensible policies for our communities and this can only be done by sensible local leadership. I’m willing to fight for these ideas because anything that helps protect my community and stop it from crumbling, much like it is now, then I will support it. Vaping has been one of those things — this is a perfect example of a group of people whose voices have been ignored.”
Mr. Cartharn makes a great point here. He is referring to the fact that vapor products were included in the new law to raise the smoking age in the city of Columbus. In the City of Columbus, Ohio, the 7 Democratic City Council members, where in some case these members were appointed and not elected, all voted unanimously to raise the smoking age to 21.
Of course, since the FDA defines vapor products as tobacco products rather than harm reduction devices, unfortunately whenever the smoking age is raised, this will always include vapor products. This means the one successful thing people have been using to quit smoking are relentlessly connected to cigarettes in a way that defines them as being the same thing, when in fact, we now know, these two separate things share only one important connection.
That connection is important because vapor products essentially save lives and those who smoke can use these vaping products to quit smoking and face a much less harmful outcome. Furthermore, why is vaping being perceived as the same thing as smoking? We already know, it’s all about the money and it’s so obvious that vaping has the potential to make smoking obsolete. So, we are unfortunately faced with attacks on the industry from every angle.
Columbus, OH is a very valuable city in reference to consumerism in America — so many new consumer products are sent straight to Columbus in order to judge their success rates and also observe the effects on business. Applying such restrictions could damage their chances of remaining as one of the first metropolitan areas to sample the goods.
Local Business Owner Provides Insight
James Jarvis, who is the owner of the Vapor Station, has multiple locations throughout Columbus. James provides more detailed insight into the situation, stating, “Columbus City Council recently passed a law that forces all businesses large or small in the Columbus city limits, to purchase a license to sell tobacco products and paraphernalia including vapor. This law also takes away the rights for adults 18 – 20 years old to have the ability to utilize vapor products as an option. Not to mention, this law makes the stores pay an additional $150.00 a year, which is basically a fee to send their business to a neighboring city.”
Continuing to comment on this issue, Mr. Jarvis says, “So, a business that when they started it, had no such law — that will take away up to 25% of their customers. The law does not even prohibit use, just the purchase of these products. For some businesses, this is a second tobacco license they will need as they already have to have a cigarette license.”
Why would cities such as Columbus deprive their residents, the chance to purchase vaping products as an alternative to cigarettes? All this does is push potential consumers away from the opportunity to quit smoking. Where is the logic in that? Well, business is business unfortunately. Then again, such actions taken by City Council members, reveals a lack of concern for their own citizens.
Republican candidate for the City Council of Columbus, Kieran Cartharn, said to me, “Now young adult smokers AND vapers who are under 21 have to leave the city of Columbus to purchase the products they use — this means those financial transactions that could benefit our own community, especially for using those funds to help people quit smoking. But, we won’t see that money now since these sales will no longer be made in the city of Columbus. It makes no sense on so many levels and we need to modernize our politics in our communities. I believe this begins with preserving locally-owned small businesses, Vapor Shops in particular.”
Columbus has an Opportunity to Elect a Leader with Integrity
It’s refreshing to see a candidate stick up for small businesses like Kieran Cartharn is doing. Kieran is probably the most impressive 20 year-old individual I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. Simply from hearing him speak about the issues surrounding his community is a very rewarding and meaningful experience.
Mr. Cartharn does not speak like most others who campaign for election. Kieran Cartharn tells me, by passionately declaring, “You can’t come into anyone’s life and tell them what they can and cannot do. Enough is enough.” Amen to that!
In my own personal assessment, Mr. Cartharn is one of the brightest shining lights in all of the current American Political spectrum’s dim-lit glory. This is someone who we need rising up the ranks of the political hierarchy. His position on issues is very matter-of-fact and genuine, in other words, he is not fake like most others in a similar situation.
Vapor Station owner James Jarvis describes his experiences speaking with the candidate, “We talked about ingredients, battery safety, product safety, FDA Deeming Regulations, research studies that show recent findings supporting vaping as a healthier alternative as well as remarks from Dr. Scott Gottlieb regarding Nicotine and it not being the harmful part of a cigarette, Tobacco 21 (as it went into effect in Columbus Oct 1), amount of shops, manufacturers and consumers in Columbus that it’s going to effect. Kieran was very receptive and encouraged by the research and very alarmed by the amount of business that could be lost in Columbus due to Tobacco 21. In fact he was disgusted that 18 year old adults were losing their rights. He said he wanted to help and said he would make it known during his campaign.”
Hearing testimony from a real local resident, who is also a small business owner, is certainly a sign of reassurance that there is something special happening in Columbus — the dawn of a new type of political candidate has been born and is quickly evolving in the state of Ohio’s capital city.
Kieran Cartharn is the real deal and anyone who knows the benefits of vapor products should support this man in his efforts to better his community and most likely bettering more communities in the future, because I do not see Mr. Cartharn going away anytime soon. Win or lose, his position in politics will only rise higher up from here.
Cartharn explained, “it’s time that we start being honest with one another and it’s also time for someone to start telling it to the people how it really is.” Campaigning as a Republican, if elected, he would be the only member of the entire City Council who would not be a Democrat. City Council Candidate Kieran Cartharn is very vocal about his support for local businesses, specifically defending Vape Shops.
Kieran Cartharn is already endorsed by individuals and organizations in the state of Ohio with some very impressive credentials. There is Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Murphy, Senator Bacon, Senator Kunze, a number of prominent Pastors, the Franklin County Prosecutor & the Franklin County Auditor as well as the Former Governor Bob Taft.
Election Day is November 7th so if you reside in Columbus, Ohio then perhaps the only practical decision to make is to vote for Kieran Cartharn, it seems to be the only logical choice. He has already won the Primary Election, now help him win the General Election.
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Just as expected, as many said it was coming soon, the U.S. Federal Government turned-the-tables and flipped-the-script on society, suddenly people were forcing opposite claims into the newsrooms on television or chat rooms online of the general public in America.
To make things worse, much of the information being shared to the general public was being communicated by people with prominent positions has been completely irresponsible and only reveals the systemic deceit lingering throughout the political landscape.
Vaping was our savior in the U.S., but then came the buzzkillers – groups like the Campaign for Tobacco FREE Kids and Tobacco 21, who were (and still are) implying some of the most overly-elaborate affirmations about these harm reduction tools known as vaping devices which they refer to as a sneaky scheme by Big Tobacco. Nothing even close to the facts.
A Well-Respected Credible Supporter of Vapor
The Vape community has been lucky to have several credible supporters. Dr. Michael Siegel, has been a strong and logical voice from academia. Experienced and highly intelligent, this Academic from Boston University has been one of the prominent, outspoken individuals using rational analysis to defend the vaping lifestyle by confronting these preposterous claims made by the anti-vaping affiliates groups who demonize the harm reducing vaping movement.
Broken Record of Truth: “Vapor Products aren’t Tobacco”
These products in fact have nothing to do with this anti-vape establishment platform. Vapor products are not tobacco. Sure, the FDA may recognize and officially label all vapor products as Tobacco, including coils, atomizers, mods, lithium-ion batteries, etc. Therefore, from this clouded judgment and poor understanding of reality. One might assume from categorizing all these items as tobacco products that perhaps those who officially decided to make such an outrageous declaration just may have let their imaginations run a bit too far on the wild side or more accurately, the wrong side.
Consider What is Real & What is False
Regardless, there may very well be some vapers who do in fact feel that vapor products are tobacco given the fact that nicotine is derived from tobacco. Then again you must also consider how nicotine can also be derived from synthetics through a laboratory or from potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes or eggplants where it is proven to be naturally occurring. These are all facts that most advocates are well-aware of.
We all know this to be true, but those fanatical anti-vapor, anti-freedom, ultimately anti-American groups somehow influenced the USFDA to essentially categorize vape devices as tobacco, granting them the authority to regulate with severe overreach. This was accomplished following the ruling in the Tobacco Control Act.
Vape products do not deserve to be considered as “dangerous” -To be categorized as a product declared far-too-risky for public consumption, and now far-too-risky for public exposure to the vapor that is most likely to be safer than the air we breathe. Vapor products do not deserve to be continually referred to as unregulated wild cards that we don’t know enough information about. These are simply just talking points made for communication purposes via the Talking Heads of the Democratic Party – the partners and spokespersons for the anti-tobacco lobby.
Modern American Society Feels Uneasy
Not to mention, it says a lot about modern American society when we begin referring to consumer products as being associated with things that they are not. This is perhaps the scariest part – labeling products of harm reduction as items causing more harm production – thus changing the very texture of reality. If we continue down such a path, pretty soon our dictionaries will be entirely biased and inaccurate. Before we know it, we might wake up one day and come to find that the word “Yes” now means “No” and vice versa.
This is, of course, an outlandish exaggeration, but at this point, nothing would surprise me. After all, this entire war on vapor has reached global heights and all the misinformation used by governments who rely on tobacco tax revenues have been claiming some very outlandishly exaggerated claims. So, either fight back against such blatant lies and deceit or sit back and watch just how “unentertaining” and pathetic this situation may truly get.
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Written By Tony Ottomanelli II
Here is a controversial question to begin with: Is nicotine still necessary to include in eliquids? I’m honestly asking the community of vapers who have taken the time to read this article as well as the time it takes to think this question through.
All in all, I’d say yes, nicotine is crucial for the harm reduction of smoking. However, with the introduction of botanical substances with nicotine-like effects, like Alterna – I start to think that perhaps including nicotine is not necessary. After all, Alterna will not be regulated under the FDA regulations due to it’s non-nicotine properties.
Therefore, I don’t know what to think now. When they send me a bottle to sample, I’ll inform those who may be interested in my overall thoughts and also include more detail about this product in a separate article.
Define Your Own Efforts
As an advocate for vapor-based products designed specifically as smoking alternatives that have paved the way to usher in tobacco harm reduction as an intelligent decision, do you feel the advocacy community has become divided? More united? Or, have has advocacy been spread out into many different sub categories?
This is a touchy subject for some vape advocates, business owners and the average vaper as well as the most advanced hobbyists and it is certainly understandable – but, it must be addressed: Why do you advocate for vaping? If you had to summarize your advocacy efforts, what would they be?
The Efforts of the Many Advocates
Overall, there are so many advocates for Vaping that perhaps there has been an oversaturated advocacy sector established without all advocates even being aware of it – I’m sure many have become well aware, but I’m almost certain some have not noticed.
There are so many advocates who are associated with a vape-related business whether they work for or own a vape-related business, there is such a large portion of the advocacy community who identify as such. Then again, there are some in the industry who do not advocate, which I’m not so sure I even understand the reasons for that.
Not to mention, there are also a number of consultants who have been forced into this industrial conundrum or who have forced their way in – who are all strong proponents of the vape industry, but all of these organizations have established proven strategies and preferable agendas which may slightly differ from one another.
They may all very well be advocating in the name of vaping, yet perhaps not all individual regular vape advocates are entirely aware of this massively conflicting situation. The situation is that there are a number of reasons as to why so many are looking to help the vaping cause, but what are those reasons exactly?
Denial of the Obvious
It was my personal assumption that most who identify as advocates for vaping, advocate for either harm reduction, regulations and/or business reasons. Time and time again, we’ll see so many avid vapers who are advocating for repealing the regulations, while there are also others who do it in support of small business, or many advocates will express the importance of tobacco harm reduction – in hindsight, my personal assumptions as that most advocate for all those reasons. Yet there may also be reasons for advocating that you never truly considered.
All in all, it’s easy to believe that we know everything when it comes to advocacy, yet we do not. Some may be thinking “speak for yourself” but it’s entirely impossible to know absolutely everything about anything. Even the most highly regarded expert could never be “all-knowing.”
Either way, I didn’t realize this as much until I was caught off guard during a debate via social media. Perhaps I was overlooking a vital exception and possible resolution for avoiding the FDA regulations. The vast scope of why each proponent of the lifestyle might be advocating for vaping with entirely different reasons than myself. I was under the naive assumption that advocates were all one massive front, yet in the back of my mind, I knew this was not the case.
When another advocate told me I was supporting nicotine usage by supporting current vape shops, I almost felt my head about to explode. As my mind was overloaded with questions and confusion. How is that a bad thing? Small businesses are essential to our way of life.
Not to mention, my confusion was so intensely heightened because I thought the whole point of this lifestyle was to allow others a chance to quit smoking, hence harm reduction – and having nicotine included in the liquids is most likely instrumental to the overall process of quitting smoking. Yes? No? Maybe so?
Regardless, it was at that time I realized just how much our Advocating efforts may be undefined And so perhaps vape advocacy is slightly undefinable – unless we are using a one page, sectioned outline for a platform of producing a descriptive and multi-faceted definition.
There are also a number of different Advocate types based on one’s personal reasons for deciding to advocate for vaping. So, to return to my initial question, what are you advocating for? Tobacco harm reduction? Nicotine? Small businesses? Deregulation? Eliquid alternatives? All of the above? None of the above? Or, perhaps you may be one of the infiltrators – those who have no interest in this vapor phenomenon, yet sought out on a path to infiltrate the ranks of advocacy in hopes of financial gain since you had determined that “vape advocacy was widely-respected trend in the market? Who knows? At this juncture, many more questions than actual answers remain and it will be difficult to make this fact change.
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Recently, from communicating via social media as well as routinely & efficiently researching the great-vape-debate, it becomes increasingly more clear that there is more than just one level of being an advocate for vapor. In a genuine attempt to liven up the dialogue included in this great debate it is necessary to branch out from solely dissecting regulations & evaluating politics even if only for a brief moment of time. So, please enjoy reading these top 10 ways to tell which type of advocate you may be. My hope is that some of you find at least a couple of these slightly amusing enough to perhaps giggle or crack a smile. Actually, vapers chuckle, we don’t giggle.
You Know you’re a Vape Advocate if…
1) The FDA’s decision making process causes you to question reality
2) You’ve seen either A Billion Lives, Beyond the Cloud or Vape Wave documentary films
3) You’ve said or written the words “Cole-Bishop” more times than the average person
4)You are far more engaged in political activity and remain informed and interested
5) You visit local shops to entice discussions on advocacy & advocating efforts
6) You’re trying to always discover new angles to save the Vaping industry & in reality all you ever hear about is new legislation being introduced by state governments.
7) You tend to inform strangers about the benefits of harm reduction, especially smokers. The result: you win some, you lose some.
8) You feel like more non-vapers amongst the general public should care & realize that they too have a stake in the attempted prohibition of the Vaping lifestyle.
9) You find the work that anti-vapor affiliates participate in tend to truly disappoint you & this causes you to question their intentions as human beings. Are they human?
10) You can tell people who and what every 3-5 letter abbreviation for the most well known “Trade &/or Advocacy” organization stands for. For example CASAA, VTA, SFATA, NBS, AVA, EVCA, AEMSA, NNA, (SEVIA-USA, R2BSF, etc.).
BONUS: You have donated money to multiple vape-related causes & you have literally been the sole influence on assisting a former smoker with the transition of switching to vapor products permanently. After all, this is what the movement is all about, right? Or, is it about something else? In short, is vape advocacy about more?
All in all, I’ve learned vape Advocacy may be about a number of things. I was under the assumption it was our duty to advocate for vaping so others will be given the opportunity to quit smoking in the future. Not to mention, I also viewed the advocacy community as a movement fighting for our right to freedom…and our right to vape. However, in my next article following this one, I will discuss how there are many different types and statuses involved with advocating for vapor.
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