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WOW...Dec 3rd 2013 was the day I found out I had Metastatic brain cancer...the day my husband took me to my local brick and mortar store and picked up my first aspire twist in rainbow and my 22mg of strawberry cotton candy and never looked back. I never thought that that device would have led me to all this.....
It's been a long ride many highs and many lows but a life changing experience that I've enjoyed and hated at times. Today I own my own network, I am working with one of the most influential people in the industry (David Goerlitz), I am advocating on my own a constant up hill battle in a state that hates vapors and really all that's left to fight are taxes and all out flavor bans with a super majority of liberals who would like nothing more than to see us all die...Thanks to my Senator...Merkly...BOOO HISSS....I've spent countless hours in my car traveling to Salem the capitol speaking to members in the house and senate trying to give them facts verses the fiction that's been so prevalent over the years some listen most tune me out. I try desperately to tell them that this tiny device saved my life yet why do they want to make me beholden to Pharma...Well we know the truth...I've said this so many times....
FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!
It's so much easier to get caught up in the battles of OH the FDA is out to get us...oh look they want to take flavors away...oh look they are banning this or that....BUT we must NOT forget FOLLOW THE MONEY....Everything in politics and don't kid yourselves this is political is FOLLOW THE MONEY. States are losing MILLIONS in tax revenue from us not buying cigarettes. The cancer sticks they say they want us to quit yet keep raising the taxes on...why?? Because they NEED that money. You have to remember when the master settlement came about the States took out bonds and those Bonds are due and States have no way to pay them back because well we decided to change the stake we decided to chose a better alternative..not take their "approved" methods that the states get kick backs from the Pharmaceuticals and Tobacco companies...NOPE we decided something better MUCH more effective...Something that ACTUALLY works about 80% of the time not 20% as patches, gums, and lozenges do or mind altering drugs but a sensible alternative. A simple device that actually works and WOW!! Does it work!!
I see today something similar as back in the 60's. I wasn't born quit yet but reading back it was the UK then that really made the link that combustible tobacco was linked to cancer. However the US fought that and fought it hard and deceived us. They said there was no way that was true even showing science that the UK was all wrong, yet they were wrong and the UK was a decade ahead of us. Again the UK is ahead of us. They are prescribing this life saving miracle and the US again is saying oh no this is an evil thing it kills...it addicts kids..it leads them to serious drug use....SERIOUSLY?!?! It's kind of funny that it's happening again and yet horribly terrifying that this country wants to KILL us over it. But where are our "groups" that beg for our hard earned dollars really doing to help us? CASSA? AVA? VTA? NBS? SFATA? They are saying the end is near we need your $$ But they are not giving any solutions but they must have more $$ to line their pockets and to what end? They go to their fancy conferences....stay at fancy hotels...party..on our donations...that's not cool. That's not right. We the People must start making them accountable to US and say look enough is enough lets get it done. There are reasonable solutions to be had now put your butts to work and let's get it done. Enough sitting at tables talking about it the time for talking is over action must be made or we will lose and lose big. All vapors must make compromises as I said it's political theater, but we also must ask our advocacy groups what their plan of action is because right now...I don't see one. and again it's now or never.
The vape community has been shooting itself in the foot for too long. I believe we can win. The FDA isn't the big bad wolf...do I trust them OH HELL NO...but I do know we need to start being at the table and not allow companies like Juul making all the decisions for the entire community. the solutions aren't that hard and to be frank I don't want to lose this for those who have yet to switch. I broke a 30 year 2.5 pack a day smoking habit with vaping, my husband just celebrated a year after 35 years 2 packs a day smoking, I lost my Father in law July 6th this year to end stage COPD he drowned to death it was a gruesome way to die folks....I want to save this for him and others like him so they don't have to die like that. Start asking questions of our groups....Start advocating for yourselves...get involved...don't expect the next person will do it for you...because if you do...don't be surprise if it's lost for good...
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