Hi, I’m Gregory Conley and I currently serve as president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for sensible policies towards vaping products with the aim of dramatically reducing the United States’ combustible cigarette use.
I have been an advocate for tobacco harm reduction for nearly a decade after managing to quit smoking with vaping while in law school in 2010. Very soon after switching to vaping, I became concerned that government and public health officials were aiming to ban vaping products while leaving deadly combustible cigarettes freely available on the market. That led me to become the volunteer legislative director for three years for the U.S.’ largest organization representing consumers of vaping products, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, which any vaper or harm reduction supporter should join today.
America is in the midst of a moral panic about nicotine vaping products, driven primarily by illnesses and deaths that are increasingly being linked to contaminated illicit THC products. According to recent CDC data, just 13% of lung illness patients claim that they only vaped nicotine products, but most news stories on the illnesses continue to focus on nicotine.
Last month, President Trump announced his support of a move by the Department of Health & Human Services to enact a de facto ban on flavors other than tobacco and perhaps menthol in vaping products. Adding to those headaches, governors of multiple states — including Michigan, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Washington — have banned or are in the process of taking action to institute bans on flavors without the approval of elected legislators. A ban in New York is on hold while a judge reviews legal arguments about whether to enact a more permanent stay to stop enforcement of the ban.
To say the least, the last two months have been busy for us, but I’ll happily be taking a break to answer your burning questions about vaping. Looking forward to it!
For those curious to learn more, here are video links to a few of our recent media appearances:
CNN with Chris Cuomo
CNN with Sonjay Gupta
[C-SPAN Washington Journal] (https://www.c-span.org/video/?464719-3/washington-journal-gregory-conley-discusses-health-concerns-related-vaping-cigarettes&fbclid=IwAR2nT_TdeepGkUb6lK5J70S77cw2eNGXEcsozoc0JC4EEjvY1sAd4XQ4gII) (a personal dream come true for any politics nerd)
Fox Business with Neil Cavuto
My Twitter: @GregTHR
AVA Twitter: @AVABoard
AVA Facebook: /VapingAssociation
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