Amanda Wheeler, vice president of the Rocky Mountain Smoke-Free Alliance, provided the following statement in response to House Bill 2020-1319, which would ban the sale of flavored cigarettes, tobacco products, and nicotine products.
“We are deeply disappointed that Colorado’s elected officials are setting up roadblocks to the health of the nearly 350,000 vapers in Colorado, most of whom have found flavored nicotine products critical in supporting combustible cigarette cessation.
The attempt to ban this flavored nicotine products is anti-science. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, released jointly late last year by the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control, one in five youths who use vapor products pointed to flavors as the primary rationale for using vapor products. Curiosity and peer pressure were proven to be far more prevalent motivations. Millions of American adults depend on flavored nicotine vapor as a smoking cessation method, and it’s clearly working, as cigarette smoking continues to plummet across nearly every American demographic.”
“Banning flavored nicotine products will only drive adults back to smoking cigarettes, which would erode their health.
In addition, this ban would effectively end an entire industry in Colorado as most of the sales in local vape shops throughout the state are flavored vape products. This ban of an entire industry would destroy Coloradans’ small businesses and jobs.”
The Rocky Mountain Smoke Free Alliance represents small business owners and manufacturers in the vaping industry throughout the State of Colorado, who provide adult consumers with a safer alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes. RMSFA members are leaders in the vapor community, promoting small businesses and job growth, responsible public policies and regulations, and a high standard of safety within the industry. RMSFA is engaged in a variety of efforts to promote sensible regulations that will make Colorado a better place to conduct business in the vaping industry.
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