I am a former smoker. I quit smoking because of the availability of vapor products and the incentives that electronic cigarettes offer. I oppose public use bans of electronic cigarettes and increasing taxes on vapor products. I understand there are minor risks to the direct user of electronic cigarettes, but they are a far safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. We also know that electronic cigarettes pose no apparent risk to those around us whom we care greatly about.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
(YOUR NAME HERE)
I offer the above paragraph for the general public to use as open source writing. You may copy and paste all of it, and send it as-is if you so shall choose. However, each one of these sentences is an individual statement. You may also choose to break each one of these sentences into it’s own paragraph to inhibit the telling of your own personal story. Let’s break each sentence down to show you why each one is essential to tell your officeholder.
“Dear officeholder, I am a former smoker.”
This is a short sentence, but a very powerful one for many of you. This is your history as a smoker. This is important because you are showing that you have first hand experience with the harms that smoking causes. This also shows that you believe that you are no-longer a smoker; it is in the past. You may expand upon this sentence by adding how your life was negatively impacted by smoking, be it your health, your relationships or monetarily. If you have not completely quit smoking, that’s ok! You may still use this sentence to show your intentions of putting smoking behind you.
“I quit smoking because of the availability of vapor products and the incentives that electronic cigarettes offer.”
This sentence re-affirms that you are no-longer a smoker, and implements the idea that using electronic cigarettes is not smoking. It also shows that vaping is potentially beneficial to your health, your relationships or your pocket book. You may expand upon this sentence by telling your officeholder how you began vaping, how it worked for you and what benefits you have received by switching to electronic cigarettes. Again, if you have not completely quit smoking, you may simply say “I am quitting smoking”, or “I have reduced my smoking” at the beginning of the sentence.
“I oppose public use bans of electronic cigarettes and increasing taxes on vapor products.”
This sentences cuts through the bull and straight to the chase. This sentence is a firm belief that you can tell your officeholder. Just because you elected a particular officeholder, does not mean they already know what it is that you want them to do. So, you have to tell them straight forward what it is that you want. You may be saying that there are places that you do not believe it is ok to vape, or that you would be ok with a little tax increase. Have you ever heard the saying “Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile.”? Let the politicians figure out what they believe is a good compromise. Vapers must be strong in this approach, unless they want laws enacted that continually take away more and more of their own liberties. You may expand upon this sentence by explaining how banning public use of electronic cigarettes or increasing taxes on vapor products would negatively affect your life, or even potentially harm the attempts of current smokers to quit smoking.
“I understand there are minor risks to the direct user of electronic cigarettes, but they are a far safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.”
This sentence starts off explaining that you are understanding that electronic cigarettes are not perfect, or 100% safe. Nothing is! And, believe it or not, most people understand this concept. This sentence will give you credit, as it portrays that you are not an extremist. However, the second half of the sentence shows that you are still firm on your beliefs that electronic cigarettes are helping to save lives. You may expand upon this sentence by showing how the vapor industry is a growing and an emerging industry. And, that it will continue to bring about more innovation that will increase the efficacy and safety of it’s products.
“We also know that electronic cigarettes pose no apparent risk to those around us whom we care greatly about.”
This sentence is the most influential sentence one can make when arguing that public use bans have no scientific basis. It also shows that you are respectful of others around you. You may expand upon this sentence by quoting and/or citing scientific studies. My personal favorite is the Drexel University study done by Dr. Igor Burstyn. This will show your officeholder that the decision to eliminate vaping in public is solely a decision to take away personal liberties.
These 5 sentences will defeat public use bans of electronic cigarettes and unfair taxation of vapor products. But, they will only be effective if they are used. I hope this article will inspire or help you to write to your officeholders. If we wish to keep electronic cigarettes and vapor products available to ourselves or the millions of people who’s lives can still be saved, we must take action… now!
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Alex Carlson is the creator of the Ridiculous! Vape Vlog, a YouTube news show based on consumer interests in the vaping community.