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As I'm a candidate this time its surprising the emails I've got asking for support (gun control, football reorganisation, the Ukraine, traveller rights, data protection and nursing) - I've forgotten a few too. Maybe a revisit of a CTA from a few weeks back as well?
"3. If enough people write to/message/email or tweet their respective General Election candidates it will raise the profile of vaping at the election, and let them know vapers' opinions on Article 20. Put in your postcode here to get your candidates email addresses and ask for their views on vaping. You could use our sample email for ideas.
I seem to recall the word contribution being the key word word here which you conveniently overlook, Clive B interprets it very well if you've just missed it. Maybe the govt will set up Internet vaping police, talk about sensationalism in the media !
You are quite correct about Clive's interpetation - in the comments here he says "This word ‘contribution’ refers to payment – so it is a bureaucrat’s way of defining paid advertising, sponsorship and promotion – and exactly the same as the language used in the directive banning cross border tobacco advertising 2003/33/EC". I didn't overlook it though - in the absence of a definition in the TPD of the word "contribution" (definitions in Article 2 here) then a court or Nation State will be just as correct (IMO!) using a dictionary definition.
I don't think they will ban me writing in my twitter status "ecigs are ace", but the wording allows them to. This point has been the subject of much debate in Vapers In Power - as ever there are a range of opinions.
You'll be fine mate, this was never about us - its about them. The folk that now rely on their local B&M, the kids trying ecigs and preferring them to fags. People like my partner who love to smoke but want to have the option there.
word of mouth, this place and the Internet is more powerful than a tv advert..
Don't worry, they thought of that:
Article 20, paragraph 5d:
"any form of public or private contribution to any event, activity or individual person with the aim or direct or indirect effect of promoting electronic cigarettes and refill containers and involving or taking place in several Member States or otherwise having cross-border effects is prohibited;"
I know they can't ban the internet - but arguably they're trying to where ecigs are involved.
I'm commenting on an old reply - back on page 1 - and I apologise, but the point raised by clairea is so apposite. Clive Bates has long argued that ecigs need their own set of regulations, much like the cosmetics industry got. What ecigs got is a set of regulations arguably written by pharmaceutical companies (a direct competitor). The TPD has already happened, it is law - all that remains is its enactment, which Nation States are obliged to carry out. The point of our poster (which is hopefully going to be printed out by at least a few vapers and taken to their vape shops), is that still, people are unaware that it is going to happen.
Weekly round-up of advocacy actions from Vapers In Power.
You can help promote vaping this week by:
1) Downloading the paper signature collection form from the Totally Wicked site and collecting friends, families and colleagues details then sending them to TW. The more signatures they get, the better they can demonstrate that their legal challenge is supported by consumers. Form (and address to post forms to) from this page: article20legalchallenge.com/support-the-legal-challenge/
3) Plucky underdog Vince van Heeden (the Australian small vendor refusing to back down for the good of us all) needs a final push after a recent decision! The beauty of crowdfunds is that you don't have to give a large amount, it all quite literally adds up. He's being prosecuted (and being made into a test case) based on a law prohibiting the sale of cigarette sweets! Read more and donate here: www.gofundme.com/Ecigs-Our-Right-to-Choose
True dr00g, and I hope we can be positive. In fact, in the early days of ViP, we emailed Viscount Ridley to ask for advice - his advice was to employ a lobbyist, because that is how decisions are made these days. Unfortunately, we're not exactly in a position to do so. We're just people who either gave up or cut down on smoking because of ecigs, and we don't want the EU to scupper that for anyone else.
It might be that ViP has a negative effect, although I can't see how - surely even by existing we send a powerful message that people care about this stuff? We're not experts or professionals - we're just kind of caught up in this (I was reading the wrong UKV thread at the wrong time lol). But we're trying. Its well known that despite the alleged 2.1M users of ecigs out there, few turn up to demos and few sign petitions - EFVI was a triumph but it still fell far short of its target.
I see ViP as a way to use a few committed people to have a big effect. Its a try, nothing more.
p.s. actually, if you look at clause d, paragraph 5, article 20 of the TPD: "any form of public or private contribution to any event, activity or individual person with the aim or direct or indirect effect of promoting electronic cigarettes and refill containers and involving or taking place in several Member States or otherwise having cross-border effects is prohibited", the infamous forum-banning clause, then we've already succeeded. Political parties are allowed freedom of expression and association - we can promote ecigs post-TPD and anyone who wants to reference us can promote them too!
Thanks to the commitment, belief and generosity of so many members of the vaping community, after only ten days of a month long crowd funding campaign VIP have raised the £1500 needed to put Liam Bryan forward as a political candidate in the 2015 General Election.
We're going to do it people. We can take advantage of all the perks and privileges electoral candidates enjoy to ensure our concerns and issues are part of the political agenda. Liam and the team have plenty of hard work ahead in the coming weeks but it wouldn't be possible without the support you've shown.
The crowd funding will remain open for anyone who still wishes to donate - in many ways it means even more now. Now we know it's definitely going to happen every penny helps to fund publicity and to raise the profile of both the party and the cause VIP are fighting for!
So thank you vapers of Great Britain (and beyond)! We have our funding and you have a candidate. Raise a glass, pick up your mod and toast the future of the first ever political campaign for vapers!