Vapor advocates began to read the Legislation introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Duncan Hunter and were very pleased, but further research into the details of HR 2194 causes some concerns to arise. It was only a matter of time before we saw some type of speculations brought up by Vaping advocates. Those concerns are certainly understandable, but also could be easily corrected by Hunter to please the Vape Community.
In the initial text of this HR 2194 bill which was very recently introduced to the House just days ago. With overwhelming support coming from AEMSA along with the Electronic Vaping Coalition of America (EVCA). Regardless, it’s still essential to hear everyone’s interpretation – whether they represent an organization or just themselves as an individual.
Furthermore, Vape Advocates have voiced a number of concerns about this new “Replacement” initiative set in motion by more parties than simply Representative Duncan Hunter. It’s been a team effort indeed that has built this legislation.
After questions are asked, many advocates shared their concerns from individual conversations over the past few days. “Repeal” and “Replace” are 2 words U.S. Vapers have been hoping to hear, so this process of doubting such Legislation is not enjoyable, but asking questions is always necessary.
Why would this repeal & replace proposal be cause for concern? Let’s just say these advocates, from all walks of life, have always been thorough when analyzing the fine print and always had the industry’s best interest in mind as well.
Before speculation takes over your mindset, we must first reflect on what individual advocates have to say about what they found in their research. What is uncovered is crucial to reflect on even further, here is what one advocate, who chooses to maintain anonymity had to say about Duncan Hunter’s Legislation.
One highly-involved advocate said, “Duncan’s bill is going to ban all devices that use 18650s, ban all mech mods, impose fines and jail time for ANYONE that DIY’s juice or mods, and defines Vaping as less safe than patches or gum.”
Example directly from the HR 2194
“SEC. 1003. PROHIBITED ACTS; PENALTIES.
(d) Penalties.—Any person who violates a provision of subsection (a) shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined not more than $10,000 (notwithstanding section 3571(e) of title 18, United States Code) for each day on which the violation continues, or both.
Pause. Sigh. Wait a minute. What?
Well, that is exactly what is stated in this bill and it is all surely a cause for concern. Jail time for DIY? That entire concept is outrageous and absolutely unacceptable.
As Vape advocates jump on the Duncan Hunter’s HR 2194 bill “Bandwagon,” please be advised to read the legislation in it’s entirety. It’s not too much fun when reading H.R. legislative bills and often these proposals made by political servants are vague and misleading – creating mass confusion and misinterpretation. Yet, a thorough examining of the details is necessary.
Clearly, politicians do this as a strategic move in order to allow laws to be made that will more than likely create an advantageous situation for financial interests.
Be patient because understanding everything the “replacement regulations” have to offer is just as important as what it could be taking away.
Read the Legislation
With Cole-Bishop HR 1136 supporters beginning to lean towards a “Repeal & Replace” legislation, it is vital to focus on what exactly is being replaced. All advocates surely agree with an overall repeal, but the actual detail lies in what will be the “replacement.”
Many Vapers and especially advocates would settle for anything the community can get to counteract the FDA regulations at this juncture. Any replacement would be better than what is currently installed by the FDA.
However, if we’re going to go for a complete overhaul of the current FDA overreach, we must guarantee it sets safety standards of course, but we cannot allow a replacement of 18650 battery devices. Not to mention, there are countless DIY professional and hobbyists who may not be too keen on the idea of a possible fine and jail time for continuing their business.
It is absolutely crucial to remember the Cole-Bishop legislation is not dead, it is still alive and well. So, the Cole-Bishop HR 1136, the standalone bill is still certainly a possibility for October’s Federal Budget via negotiation/vote.
Congressman Hunter’s Legislation is literally what many refer to as “sensible regulation,” covering most of the replacements that advocates have been calling for since the very moment any doubts about the effectiveness of Vaping. Yet, the picture perfect Legislation tends to feel slightly blurry after closer examination, there are a few critical stipulations that would not necessarily be categorized by advocates as being 110% “sensible.”
Things are never as they seem, especially in the American political arena. While the HR 2194 bill may paint a pretty picture, it may also be too much of wishful thinking. Is there far more vague language included in the bill that we do not see at first glance?
The Brightest Side of Repeal & Replace
Then again, while there are some stipulations in the Hunter Legislation that many Vapers would not agree with. One thing we could all appreciate is that it would rid our Industry of the nonsensical FDA deeming rule – allowing tens of thousands to remain employed and small businesses will no longer fear their livelihoods becoming ex. Thus saving the Industry from prohibition.
The Director and Founder of the Electronic Vaping Coalition of America (EVCA) Mark Block, has been traveling the U.S. promoting the “Repeal & Replace” legislative option. In fact, just this weekend in New York, Block spoke to Vapers at an event stating, “if you have problems with the Duncan Hunter bill, then tell us what they are.”
Well, that sounds like an honest approach, Mr. Block makes a great point. So if you are a vaper and especially an advocate, then do what you do best: make some calls and make some demands before it is too late. This legislation would be a perfect solution minus those particular features of concern. So pick up the phone…now.
No matter what the true reason is for the timing of this legislative move, for the sake of maintaining unity and avoiding drama, let’s just assume this bill was introduced directly following the exclusion of Cole-Bishop from the Federal Budget out of pure respect for all those involved with laying the groundwork surrounding HR 1136 that had already built a strong momentum towards progress.
Is it likely that this legislation could all merely be “hype” and nothing more? Or, is it becoming a representation of “hope” for U.S. Vapers and all the speculation should become nothing more?
In hindsight, Hunter’s plans and ideas that he and his constituents are propose, expose and impose are noble regardless of the intent? If no one will, we will continue to be heavily regulated still.
Let the games begin…