Saturday, July 8, 2017

Do The Right Thing

RANT ALERT!!!!!!!!

Many of us are out here working hard to save our right to vape. Not only our right, but the right of all smokers who desperately need a way to quit smoking and haven't tried vaping yet. The smokers who have failed over and over to quit. The ones who feel they've been given a life sentence of shortness of breath, continuous respiratory ailments, and stinking like an old ashtray. Some are only 18 years old and some are over 80. Each and everyone should have the right to try any method they want to get them to quit smoking! We should ALL as adults be free to choose.

Now comes a lot of people trying to pass a partial prohibition, by changing the age to smoke, chew, or vape to 21. The ones who are convincing our lawmakers that young adults 18-20 aren't developed enough to make those choices and should be prevented from buying these products. PLUS, they argue by changing the age we will close the "pipeline" of "tobacco" products to those too young to smoke, chew, or vape. They claim 15 year olds don't know people over 21 who would buy these products for them.

Let's say you're fighting this tooth and nail, fighting for our freedoms, fighting to save vaping, fighting to keep it available to the 19 year old who already has a smoking problem and wants to quit. Let's say YOUR community is looking at a Tobacco 21 law. Let's say you have a member of your City Council who WAS AGAINST prohibition laws like Tobacco 21. WAS????????? Why would their mind be changed? Well, think about if you went and had a meeting with that Council person as an advocate for vaping and the council person told you they are now thinking of supporting Tobacco 21 because they caught their 15 year old vaping, and the kid admitted that somebody 18 bought the products for them!!!! What do you say to THAT???????? Battle lost, as that council member is now very motivated to join the army fighting to PASS TOBACCO 21. (Yes this really happened)


If you are one of the dumb asses buying for minors, come see me. I'll show you just how much damage a great grandma can do to stupid people. You are now my enemy. You are not an ambassador for the benefits of vaping, you are the poster child the anti-vapers are going to parade in front of the media who will plaster you all over the 6 p.m. news!!!! You are the reason that cities, counties, states, and countries will be motivated to change the minimum sale age to 21. You are a fool.

#NoEcigs4Kids
#NoSmoking4Kids
#NoChewing4Kids

If you don't understand what NO means, go back to Kindergarten and try again. Quit vaping, get the **** out of our way and stop destroying this life saving industry for the rest of us. Get your pacifier out of your mouth and think of others for a change. GROW THE **** UP and be the ADULT you are supposed to be. There's this thing between your ears called a brain, I suggest you start using it.

You are the reason people are going to DIE!







Let that sink in for a bit.

I'm grateful the MAJORITY of people obey the law and don't provide adult products to minors. I thank you for being a good person and doing the right thing. If you catch any of those who do break the law, do me a favor.... knock them up the side of the head and tell them it's a message from me.
Do the right thing, don't give ANYTHING meant for adults to kids! ~ Momma Vape

Sunday, June 4, 2017

I've Got a Question about CONtrol

I've been wondering about some things....

Wasn't the purpose of Tobacco CONtrol organizations to help reduce the number of people who smoke? Isn't their job to educate others of the dangers of smoking?  Is it just me, or is it true that the reductions in the number of people who smoke have gotten low enough that the folks over at Tobacco CONtrol are getting a little nervous about keeping their funding and their jobs? Smoking Rates Drop To Record Low (article)



How else do we explain the war on the vapor technology industry? An industry that has HELPED tobacco control show successful drops in the number of people who smoke - including the number of YOUTH who smoke? Why wage war on a product that is saving lives if the only "crime" this product has committed is to help anti-tobacco and public health organizations achieve their missions to lower the number of people who smoke? Why wage war on a product that contains NO tobacco, if your mission and funding is to reduce SMOKING and the use of TOBACCO products?  Some of Tobacco CONtrol's funding comes from the pharmaceutical industry, is that a conflict of interest? See: E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

Why do these organizations have stockpiles of extra money that they aren't spending on their mission, and yet asking for raises in taxes to increase their funding? Is it because so many people have quit smoking there is less Tobacco Settlement Funding and they are getting nervous the money tree is going to die? Are some state governments catching on to the CON in CONtrol? Is that why North Dakota withdrew funding for BreathND? See: BreathND had a $55 million dollar surplus! (article). andAnother article about BreathND (here) 

Why do organizations like ClearWay MN (which is funded by 3% of Minnesota's Tobacco Settlement funds and profits from their investments) asking in 2017 for MN to fund their QuitLine program when ClearWay is funded for such things until 2023? (Legislative update from ClearWay MN)



Why at one time did some of these groups fight a bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors? "The American Cancer Society; the American Lung Association; the American Heart Association; the Missouri State Medical Association; the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians; the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians; the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and Tobacco Free Missouri have all previously called on Gov. Nixon to veto Senate Bill 841." See: Governor vetoes bill that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors (here) Why do these groups now make out vaping as an evil empire run by Big Tobacco that needs to be subjected to FDA prohibition in order to "save the children"?



Why did one of these organizations secretly negotiate the terms of the tobacco settlement AND dip their fingers into the rules that gave the FDA power over the tobacco industry (and any non-tobacco industry the FDA chooses to "deem" a tobacco product)? (Read "Untold Story" here) (More info here)

Why did this organization who lobbied for NO FLAVORS negotiate to allow Big Tobacco to KEEP menthol flavoring?  Read about MentholGate: (here) (and here) (last one here). Why do tobacco CONtrol groups now lobby for a ban on menthol tobacco products? Was that a clever ploy to guarantee future battles and job security? APA joins Tobacco Free Kids to recommend ban on menthol flavoring in tobacco products (here). Does this new push have anything to do with the rising popularity of vaping and the big push by the anti-tobacco folks to now make this life saving industry the "new" enemy of the children? Are these groups using kids and the threat of Big Tobacco antics as a scare tactic to rile up the public and the law makers to wage a new war and thus ensure future job security for these groups? Will these groups go to ANY means to further their agenda, including telling lies to the public and media? (See "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Lying Has Got to Stop" here)



Why didn't these organizations fight to get RID of tobacco, instead of negotiating deals that would make sure tobacco would be legal forever and therefor making sure they'd always have a battle to fight, an endless source of funding, and good paying jobs? FDA Creates Database for Grandfathered Products (here)
Infinity = the busy work / busy body mission of tobacco CONtrol


Why does Tobacco CONtrol, who fought to make sure that all tobacco products are to be kept behind the counter, now run around and take little surveys of the POS (point of sale) areas at your local corner store and complain that it's full of tobacco products and signs showing what they cost? Is this "busy work" just a ploy to look like they are working to fight smoking, and make such a big deal out of it to make it appear they are still needed? New Rules for Tobacco Retailers (here) If we don't want YOUTH to be influenced to be aware of, around, and exposed to tobacco products why does tobacco CONtrol recruit youth to do POS surveys on tobacco products? Store Assessment Tools (here)

Why are Tobacco CONtrol people now making themselves out to be "public health" people and blasting little local stores not only for having tobacco behind the counter, but for having alcohol, sugary drinks, and pre-packaged foods in their stores? Since when did all those things become a "tobacco" product? Just how much CONtrol over our lives do these people want? Pretty soon they are going to try to tell us when we can breath or poop!  Example of Tobacco CONtrol Video.

Why do Tobacco CONtrol people use emotional ploys and claim everything is about the children, that we must save the youth, and yet do what they claim others are doing - they market to children? They use ads and videos and show kids looking at, touching, smelling, and EVEN USING tobacco and vapor technology products!!! They accuse various companies of "normalizing" these activities and yet who's ads do you see of kids doing this stuff???? THEIRS - The ads of Tobacco CONtrol!! What kind of evil being claims to be trying to save children while marketing those things to children? What gives these people the right to give children false information and then dress them up all cute and parade them in front of the media and law makers and have innocent kids spread tobacco CONtrol's lies and propaganda? What do they think they are teaching kids? Tobacco CONtrol Teaching Kids About Flavors (video here)  and Kids Smoking Crayons (video here) 

^^ Paid for with Tax Payer Dollars! ^^

The World Health Organization says a billion people will die from smoking in the next century. I think it's time Tobacco CONtrol quits playing their games, quit worrying about their funding and job security and start working towards really saving lives, not just saving a token few and pretending they are working hard to make the world a better place. Let's stop using kids as an excuse and get back on track. Let's get back to helping ALL people quit smoking. As the former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop,  said back in 1998 Don't Forget The Smokers (article)


I found some interesting answers to some of my questions in the Yale Journal on Regulation here: Baptists, Bootleggers, & Electronic Cigarettes.  The past couple of years have turned me from a very trusting person to someone who finds themselves questioning just about everything I see and hear. I have learned that it is true.... What you see on TV or read on the internet isn't always the truth. Many people are motivated to make you believe what they want you to believe, to protect their own interests. We truly have turned into a "ME" society. I am saddened that parts of life are no longer about doing the right thing to make the world a better place for many people. I hope more and more of us get sick and tired of that and start fighting back.

When we do that, we really will be doing what's best "for the children".

~ Momma 

P.S. Don't believe me that there is this much corruption in Tobacco CONtrol and the efforts of Public Health? I recommend the movie A Billion Lives. As you watch the film, notice the movie mentions ALL the people and organizations who were asked to participate in this documentary and REFUSED......... hmmmm I wonder what they had to hide that kept them from being in a film about Tobacco CONtrol? A Billion Lives available on iTunes

Do you have a tobacco CONtrol question or pet peeve? Feel free to share it in the comments!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cotton Candy is NOT Marketing To Kids

True story that happened to me in 2015 while working at the vape shop...

An elderly lady walks in the door looking for some "juice". She's looking at the samplers of the premium lines and asks how much a bottle. I tell her $15 - $22. She raises an eyebrow and gives me "the look" and says "if you're taking any of my money, you need to do better than that". I tell her the prices of the house line and ask her what kinds of flavor she likes. She says "cotton candy, I like sweet juice". I apologize and tell her we don't have cotton candy and when she asks why, I explain the whole ANTZ thing and accusations of marketing to children. I get another "look" and she says "honey, you need to get with the program, we were too poor when I was a kid to afford cotton candy, so now I'm having it whenever I want and any way I want it. Now give me the sweetest thing you got and I want cotton candy the next time I come here." So I ring her up, and say "Ma'am, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?". She looks at me and says "82, I quit smoking 6 months ago and now I'm going to live to be 102." and she smiles, turns around and goes out the door.

So now, I need to get cotton candy and if anyone accuses me of marketing to children, I'm going to shove that CC up their..... well you know, where the sun don't shine, because anybody who quits smoking at that age, deserves to have anything they want. So I'm going to be marketing to little old ladies. Feel free to share this story, it made my day. She was strong and adorable. 




Love and Hugs!
~ Momma Vape 

Thank-you Vaping In The News for the mention!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Letter to Youth Fighting the Tobacco Wars

Dear Young Activists,

First, I want to congratulate you on finding a cause you believe in and standing up and fighting for what you believe is right. More people in our country need to do that! You are learning skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life, and that is always a good thing.


Yesterday was #IKickButts day. Youth from around the world spoke up to #EndIt and be the first smoke-free generation! They learned about and taught their peers about the dangers of tobacco use. They pledged to never smoke. It’s a wonderful thing to see a generation of young people push and advocate to make a healthier choice than all the generations before them. You guys rock and I hope you not only stick to your pledge to never smoke, I hope you encourage many others to never smoke or to give up smoking.

The cold hard fact is, smoking kills. It kills the smoker and it kills the people around them.

There are many things in life that are “adult”. Feeding your family, paying rent, drinking, sex, serving in the military, voting, being on a jury are all examples of “adult” things. As young people, it is very normal to want to be treated like an adult. “Adulting” sounds like such a cool thing to do. Sometimes it is cool, making our own choices, following our dreams. The heavy burden of “adulting” can suck at times, it’s more responsibility than we ever imagined.

There is a whole new technology out there that was invented to be the consumer solution to the tobacco problem. For some people, it helps them quit smoking. It was never meant to be a “cool” thing. Sometimes, it’s just human nature to make things bigger, more powerful, faster, etc. Seems like humans can turn anything into a competition. This new technology was meant for adults and millions of adults around the world have used this new technology and have succeeded at quitting smoking. This new technology is often called Vapor Technology, E-cigs, or Ends (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems).

Vapor Technology is an adult product. It’s not meant for kids. I realize that there are always going to be kids that feel the need to break the rules and try “adult” things. I'm reaching out to the youth of the world and asking - no, I'm BEGGING - you to please NOT vape. Don’t put stuff that you don’t need into your body when your body is still growing and developing (yes, in all honesty, I’m also asking you not to smoke, do drugs, drink, etc.). I mention vape specifically because your desire to try an “adult” thing, be it curiosity, the need to experiment, the thrill of breaking the rules, or because you think you look cool is having severe unintended consequences. People who care about youth are very concerned about those of you who choose to vape, even if you vape zero nicotine liquids.

I get people getting concerned. I’m a Mom. I am blessed to a fault with what I call “Momma Bear Syndrome”. Momma bears are very protective and when I see a young person in danger or not treated right, I get angry and my Momma Bear urges go into full swing. There are men  and women all over the world who also have Momma Bear Syndrome. When they see youth doing things that youth shouldn’t do, they feel the need to protect those youth. It is the adult thing to do to protect youth.



Now we’ve come upon a problem between youth experimentation, Momma Bears, and the need to save adult lives, and the lives of anyone exposed to 2nd hand smoke. When young people choose to break the rules and vape, the Momma Bears feel the need to stop them. So Momma Bears are out trying to change the definition of this product that contains no tobacco to the classification of a tobacco product. They are trying to tax it, ban it, and over regulate it. In essence, they are trying to get rid of the entire vapor industry. Your need to experiment could cost people their lives. Many adults have failed over and over to quit smoking. Many adults are finally succeeding at quitting by using vapor technology. We all know if people don’t smoke, lives will be saved.

Do you know any smokers? Do you want to see them quit? Do you want to see them live a long, healthy life? Do you still want the rest of us to treat you like an adult and let you make your own choices? Fine, here’s your first choice to make…



You can choose to NOT vape and do the right thing for your body and have the Momma Bear’s go back to worrying about other things.

OR………

You can choose TO vape, help get it banned or taxed so high it’s cheaper to smoke. You can be part of the snowball that ends up having more people die because they didn’t quit smoking.

Doing something you perceive to be “cool” or doing something to avoid unintended consequences and having a life saving technology taken away from the people who need it.

1st rule of being a responsible adult - it’s not always about you. Sometimes, you need to make choices for the betterment of others. Your choice will prove to me just how “adult” you are capable of being. Make me proud.

~ From the Momma Bear in Minnesota

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I'd Like To Kick A Few Butts

3/15/2017



Happy #IKickButts Day! A day where our youth are encouraged to not smoke and to take a stand against "Big Tobacco". Kid's, you should listen....

Don't Smoke!!!

While we're on a butt kicking theme, this great-grandma would also like to kick some butts. You see, at 58 years old, I'm the OLDEST person in my Mom's family. All who came before me are gone, most of them smoked or had lives filled with second hand smoke. Smoking has even tried to take out younger members of my family. My son had a heart attack at 29 years old, thanks to smoking.

I quit smoking 2 years ago. I smoked for over 40 years & tried to quit smoking on and off for over 20 years, yes twenty years. I tried every method known to man. Those recommended by my doctor, by the FDA, by google, by friends, by quit lines, I've been hypnotized, criticized, chastised, and baptized with the hate and lack of compassion of the anti-tobacco community. I've tried patches, gum, lozenges, cold turkey, sucking candy, praying, medications, talking, and anything else I could think of. For over 20 years, I was a failure and at each failure, I became less motivated to quit, because I really believed I couldn't quit. 

You'd think that now that I'm an ex-smoker, the anti-tobacco community would embrace me, congratulate me, use me as the old lady poster child to prove anyone can quit. Alas, they look the other way, I am still scorned and hated. I'm still not good enough for them. I advocate heavily for people to quit smoking. You'd think the anti-tobacco community, all those health organizations and public health zealots and I would now be on the same team, out to save #ABillionLives who will die in the next century from smoking.


But here I sit, alone. Nothing more than a leper in the anti-tobacco community. To them, I'm worthless, I am an embarrassment to them. They like to call me names. Accuse this toothless old lady of being big tobacco, accuse people like me of marketing to children, and say I'm doing nothing more than making a buck and trying to addict the next generation to smoking!

What horrendous "sin" have I committed to be looked down upon by the Anti-Tobacco Community? I'm a vaper. I used an e-cig to help me quit 
smoking. That is my crime.

So, dear Anti-Tobacco people, I'd really like to kick YOUR butt. I'd like to call you out right here and now for making a huge mistake that could cost millions, maybe even a billion people their lives. I am NOT big tobacco, the work I do I do for FREE so I'm obviously not trying to make a buck, I want to not only SAVE children from smoking / tobacco, - I want to save all the adults in their lives, so that kids can grow up with extended / active / and healthy families.

I am a mixologist. I create and make e-liquid for a very small company. It is my son's company, the son that almost died from a heart attack 3 years ago. He quit smoking and he helped me quit smoking. And now we both work 7 days a week to help others quit smoking. I refuse a paycheck for these efforts. I have a job I work at overnight, so do not need a paycheck for trying to save lives. I have created several flavors in the past 2 years. I've given careful thought and consideration to what would appeal to the adult customers that buy my son's liquids at their local vape shops.  It has never crossed my mind to consider a flavor that would appeal to a child. When the ANTZ (Anti-Nicotine-Tobacco-Zealots) accuse me of creating flavors to market to a child, I am deeply insulted. How dare you pervert my efforts to save lives into some evil plot where you try to make it sound like I'm trying to destroy lives? My efforts to save lives has given me the opportunity to meet hundreds of others trying to do the same thing. We make liquids, we sell equipment, we give people hope that they can quit smoking just like all of us did. We know, vaping is NOT smoking. We know we are saving lives. 

How many more lives could YOU save, if you joined our team instead of lying and treating us like we are the enemy? I'd so much rather be working for the same cause, instead of sitting here feeling the need to kick YOUR butt.


#IKickButts

Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 Advocacy Ideas for Vape Businesses




As a person who spends a lot of time in a shop, I am often amazed at how many shops and customers do not participate when the need for advocates arise. At first this frustrated me, until I realized that a lot of people don't know how to advocate, or what to do, or even that something needs to be done. If we want to encourage advocacy, we must teach others how to be advocates, make sure we are communicating that there is a need for advocacy, and then make it quick and easy to complete advocacy tasks.

Businesses in the vaping industry can help get the advocacy ball rolling by making their customers aware of when action needs to be taken. They can put information and calls to action on their websites. They can include flyers in shipments. They can share info via social media, or tell customers about current events when speaking face to face with them. They can also use the tools they use to market their businesses as a tool to reach out to customers - text, email, or rewards programs with messages like 5 stars, can all be used to send out a Call To Action to consumers.

Momma Vape would like to encourage all members of the vaping industry to be a trend setter, be a leader and teach by example. Put together an advocacy action plan and get ready to arm your local army with the resources they need to become advocacy ninjas. I'll share some ideas below. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

Idea #1 - Reaching Out To Smokers!

Most of us started vaping as a tool to help us quit smoking. Let's remember we advocate, not to have cloud comps but to preserve our right to vape, to keep us from returning to smoking, and to preserve the right to vape for all those smokers out there who need our help so they can quit smoking. We advocate because we believe that vaping saves lives!

As members of the vaping community, let's make sure we have employees who are good with people, who are knowledgeable about vaping, who are good teachers and excellent cheerleaders. Even though we'd like to send each new customer out the door with a fancy $200 setup, let's remember that most newbies to vaping are going to start with a basic starter set. Let's keep those batteries charged so we can send the soon to be ex-smoker out the door vaping, ready to take on this new challenge in their lives. Let's send them out motivated to quit and motivated to join us in our efforts to help more people quit. Let's make sure we teach them all about safety so we don't see them on the 6 o'clock news as a "vaping victim".


Batteries charging for a quit smoking event

Let's keep those new vapers motivated to keep vaping. Start a quit smoking program, do a free starter set if they throw away their cigarettes at your shop. Sign them up for a daily e-mail that offers encouragement / ideas. Recognize their quit smoking date!


#IMPROOF wall at Infinite Vapor. Each customer grabs a sticker
and puts their name and quit day on it.


Help your customers celebrate their Vapeversaries!

Welcome vaping newbies into the vape family. Make them feel a part of the community. Make them comfortable so they come back and ask questions. Each person who quits smoking is potentially another life saved. Running a vape business is much more than just making a buck!

Want to do more? Check out Sponsor A Smoker - you can find them (click here) on facebook.
Another great organization is Vape A Vet.

These programs can use your donations! 


Idea #2 - Be a Team Player In YOUR Community!

A great way to be an advocate for vaping is to be an ambassador for the vaping community. Participate in community events and fundraisers. Remember that the other shops in your area are your competitors, not your enemy. There are going to be times when you will need to work WITH the other shops. It is great PR for the shops to work together for a fund raiser or to gather petition signatures to fight a local ordinance.


Fundraiser in MN to help victims of a huge storm



4 shops worked together to fight a local anti-vaping ordinance


Be polite about where you vape and where you blow your vapor. Encourage your customers to be polite vapers. Sure, it may be LEGAL for you to vape in certain area businesses, but that doesn't mean you always SHOULD - or that you should blow a big cloud around a family who is not vaping. As an ambassador, don't be bad mouthing other vape businesses. If a customer needs something you don't have, help them find what they need - work to keep them vaping so they don't go back to smoking.


Idea # 3 - Put It In Writing!


Start a letter writing campaign. In this day and age of electronics, we often forget the impact that a hand written letter can make. A mountain of papers to touch and file is a bigger visual than an inbox full of e-mails. Make a basic form with space for customers to write in their own comments and room to include their name, address, phone number & e-mail. If you make a generic form and save it, when an issue comes to your attention, you can quickly edit it to pertain to the issue at hand (city / county ordinance, a bill at the state or federal level), print them off and you're ready to go. Some customers will wonder why they need to include their personal information, and the reason is to prove it is a real letter from a real person (who is hopefully a registered voter). A great example of this is the project chronicled by Fig Ramsey and the fine folks at Feels Good Vapor in Oceanside, California. It began with one customer agreeing to sit down for a minute and express a few thoughts against lots of nasty bills in the 2015 California Special Session....


Photo by Fig Ramsey - 2015 California Special Session


It became over 50 letters in a day....


Photo by Fig Ramsey - 2015 California Special Session


And grew to a table PILED with letters in a few days!...


Photo by Fig Ramsey - 2015 California Special Session

That is a beautiful sight to see!!!!! They then rallied the troops to start stuffing envelopes and found they could fit about 80 letters per envelope. A trip to the post office and they over nighted their bounty. Look at all the envelopes. WOW, that is some Kick Ass advocating in Momma Vape's book!!!!!


Photo by Fig Ramsey - 2015 California Special Session

Other shops in California followed the lead. It wouldn't surprise me if they set a record for number of letters sent to the California capitol on a single issue. I nominate these folks to be inducted into the Vaping Advocacy Rock Star Hall of Fame!

In the little hick town that Momma Vape lives in, we don't have as many people that vape as how many wrote letters in this shop in Cali. But that's OK, every letter matters, and we will follow the example of these California Advocates when Minnesota goes back in session in 2016, if they introduce any bills with anti-vaping language.

Idea # 4 - Set Up a Kiosk / Command Center




Make it EASY for your customers to participate in advocacy efforts. When there is a Call To Action, have a computer / tablet available so they can complete the call to action right at your shop. By having them complete the call to action before leaving the shop, MORE people will complete them. People are busy, they forget.

Have advocacy videos playing on a TV in the shop to help educate people.

Have flyers at your point of sale area and hand one to each customer. Talk to them, educate them. If you google QR Code generator, you can put a QR code right on your flyers for customers to scan and complete Calls To Action.  Share your flyers with area shops, put them online so others can print them. Many advocacy groups have flyers and brochures you can order. Some also have files you can download and print your own.

"Decorate" your walls with advocacy materials.


Smokeless Smoking - May 2016
CASAA poster and countdown to the FDA Deeming Regs starting


Idea # 5 - Use The Internet


Use profile pictures on facebook, twitter, google +, etc. to promote a pro-vaping message, or something advocacy related. Encourage others to use the picture, too.


Photo By Fig Ramsey - 2015 California Special Session



Having a sale? Use the banner space on your facebook page  (or other sites) to not only promote your sale, but to promote advocacy or quitting smoking.




Many of you use facebook, twitter, instagram, e-mails, and websites as a way to market your companies. It is also a great way to "market advocacy". They make valuable tools to get the word out to customers and make them aware that their help is needed. Online resources can help us educate our customers about not only advocacy, but safety, new studies and other interesting things that can help our customers become more informed consumers.

Some businesses are afraid to push advocacy. Momma Vape encourages them to think about this. If our industry dies, our future customers die, our businesses die. We must fight to be able to do what we do, and the more soldiers in our army, the better chance of winning the war.

Idea # 6 - Host an "Event"


Register to vote campaign
Fundraiser for an Advocacy organization
Letters to the editor campaign
Advocacy Day
Advocacy Speaker
Petition Signing
Call To Action
Submit Testimonials to CASAA
"Bump It Up For Advocacy" offer to round up each sale to the next even $$ and
               donate the spare change to an advocacy organization
Have a sale as a way to get customers in the door to participate in an advocacy activity

Idea # 7 - Hand out Promotional Materials


Bumper stickers
Tshirts
Stickers
Buttons
Signs


Jan 2016 - Baxter, MN
A group of advocates at a city council meeting wearing Vaping Advocacy T-shirts



Idea # 8 - Online businesses


Businesses who sell online are also very important to advocacy. They can use their websites to share information. They can enclose flyers in each package they mail out. Their sales people should be up to date on current vaping issues so they can talk about advocacy with customers.





Photo Courtesy of Chase Richardson / 88Vapor.net


Idea # 9 - Keep your eyes and ears open


Put together some type of online document that lists businesses and consumers willing to help with advocacy issues for each county / city in your state. These groups are responsible for monitoring City / county agendas to watch for vaping on the agenda of meetings. They should be willing to attend meetings, help communicate to others when something is on the agenda, etc.

Idea # 10 - Advocate Every Day - Join & Donate

Get in the habit of doing an advocacy activity every day. Read, learn, share, and educate. Be a team player and teach by example. Invite vendors, competitors, consumers, and the public to join you in your efforts.

Join advocacy organizations - both trade and consumer. Yes, some require dues to be a member. Find one you can stand behind. New or very small business and dues are not yet affordable? Then do what you can. Work up to a membership. Set goals, any day you do over $X you donate ___%. Volunteer to help organizations. Lobbyists, lawyers, websites, travel, etc. are not cheap. These groups can not do what they do without financial support. Give what you can, it will make a difference!

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Looking the other way will not make the challenges our industry faces go away. We need to get off our duffs and be involved advocates if our industry wants to see a bright future! Please feel free to share your advocacy ideas. 

~ Momma Vape

P.S. - Hopefully someday soon a movie called "A Billion Lives" will be available for viewing and we can all add watching the movie together to the activity list! A Billion Lives on Facebook
#ABillionLives





Wednesday, October 28, 2015

TODAY! period

Just do it TODAY!
Call the White House & do CASAA's CTA to support HR2058. Today! The antivapers will be calling - are you going to take their shit trying to take your vape away, or are you going to dial that phone and FIGHT BACK? Tired of reading info? Click the link and LISTEN.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_2g5rPY9Yo

It is time to put up or shut up. Fight today - it will help save vaping as we know it!

Mom Said!