I know I am going to get flamed hard for this, but I just don't see the point of this particular petition.
The language is so vague that even if it gets acted upon, there is no course of action other than the status quo.
Ecigs are already being treated as an alternative tobacco product by the FDA, and ecigs are already creating as many American jobs as the demand will bear with every week seeing dozens of new American vendors popping onto the scene.
I signed the petition, but I would have preferred to see more exact and decisive language such as,
1) Ecigs should not be taxed as tobacco products because they have not been shown to create the same health problems and medical costs as traditional tobacco usage, or
2) we demand that current ecigs and ejuice Ecigs receive full testing and published reviews within 2 years by the FDA to determine the actual risk compared to the flawed and BS tests from the past that clog the internet, or
3) that we demand Congress to give a tax break or subsidies equal to a percentage of the money spent on smoking-related illnesses to US manufacturers of ecigs and accessories, or
4) Congress shall pass no ban on ecig or ecig related products until full testing has been done to determine that ecigs pose a health hazard greater than current tobacco products.
Really, any specific request would have been better than such a vaguely languaged petition that allows any politician to say that they support this cause without actually doing anything or sponsoring any bills.
Demand specifics from your representitives or they'll just smile and nod there head at you to get your vote and campaign contribution while doing nothing.
If I missed something in the language of the petition that demands a specific course of action as in a sponsored bill, or if you feel that the language can't be improved upon, please speak up and let me know.
Like I said, I already signed it, along with anything and everything that comes down the pike on our side of the issue, but in my book this is the most wishy-washy thing I've signed yet.
Sorry guys, but my signature always comes packaged with my honest two cents worth of opinion.