1. Conley, President of the American Electronic Cigarette Association: Poke Trump's Heart
Greg Conley, president and founder of the American Electronic Cigarette Association, is very good at wearing high hats. He said that President Trump seems to understand that banning electronic cigarettes is not the only option.
Conley further stated that Mr. President is very concerned about young people and should be kept away from these products, but there are obviously employment problems and adult smoking cessation problems.
I really understand what Trump's biggest worry is.
Conley solemnly reminded the president that since the news of the death of e-cigarettes was announced in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that the main cause of lung injury is black market cannabis oil, not commercial nicotine products.
Conley further explained to the president that even if the issue of flavored e-cigarettes is resolved today, the pre-market tobacco application PMTA deadline in May 2020 will destroy all small e-cigarette companies.
This caught Trump's attention, and he asked if Conley was because they couldn't afford the PMTA and related procedures.
First, remind the President once again that the current electronic nebulization of lung disease is not related to legal nicotine e-cigarettes, and also proposed that the current PMTA will kill most e-cigarette brands because they are unable to pay expensive fees and long processes.
How much does PMTA cost? IQOS is said to have spent $ 1 billion for up to 2 years. At the development conference this year, Yue Ke disclosed that it will prepare 20 million US dollars for PMTA in the United States.
The success drew Trump's attention to the cost of PMTA, and Conley also made a difference. But that's not enough, he also reminded Trump to pay attention to Bloomberg.
He said former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is funding a $ 160 million campaign to try to ban those flavors.
Conley also revealed that smokeless children's organizations participating in the e-cigarette conference are managing money funded by Bloomberg. They are not trying to find a compromise solution. They are basically seeking a ban.
"He's not your friend," Conley said.
This sentence can be quite heart-wrenching, Bloomberg recently announced that he will run for the United States President, and he is guaranteed to defeat Trump.
This could make Trump make the opposite choice. Aren't you Bloomberg trying to ban e-cigarettes? If I came along with you, wouldn't that be your credit? Don’t all voters vote for you?
Conley also said that if it was limited to the sale of tobacco and menthol flavored e-cigarettes, thousands of small businesses and mom-and-pop shops would be closed, and the president you mentioned now has thousands of jobs in the booming economy in the United States But it will disappear.
Conley called for raising the age limit for buying e-cigarettes to 21 and restricting the volume sales of e-cigarettes.
2. Tony Abboud, Executive Director of VTA, American Steam Technology Association: fully prepared and professional
This is another third-party e-cigarette fully prepared at the White House e-cigarette conference. He and Conley effectively countered e-cigarette questions and conveyed the industry's views.
The e-cigarette media Vaping360 spoke highly of this, and they would not be shy to deal with the most powerful people in the world, and gave a strong defense to e-cigarette users and e-cigarette stores.
Abboud was well prepared and professional. They prepared an economist forecast of the possible effects of the flavored e-cigarette ban, and the final conclusion was that it would reduce 151,000 jobs and close more than 13,000 small businesses.
This report was prepared by John Dunham & Associates for the Steam Technology Association VTA.
The report shows that if the ban is passed, most 13,480 independent e-cigarette stores in the United States will have to close.
The report states that nearly 92% of products in independent e-cigarette stores are flavorings other than tobacco, adding that the ban could also cost economic activities $ 22.4 billion.
VTA has thousands of members and represents e-cigarette manufacturers, retailers and distributors.
In addition to an analysis of the economic impact of the ban, Abboud also proposed a solution. His association developed and proposed an action plan called "21 and Done."
In addition to raising the age limit for buying e-cigarette products to 21, the Steam Technology Association's proposed plan includes restricting marketing practices and imposing fines on retailers selling to minors.
Representatives of the e-cigarette industry have proposed alternatives to completely ban e-cigarettes, such as restricting advertising, stopping online sales, requiring e-cigarettes to be kept behind the counter or restricting their sales to adult specialty stores.
Abboud said it's interesting that apart from the parties at the meeting agreeing to raise the age to 21, public health advocates have actually remained silent on other restrictions proposals.
"This is the fundamental problem we face. They just want to reach a ban on flavoring e-cigarettes, but the ban will not help solve the problem." Abboud said in an interview.
When Abboud mentioned raising the age limit for tobacco and nicotine steam products from 18 to 21, Trump said: I agree.
Then, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azal, who was sitting next to the president, quietly added: We will do the same.
On another occasion, Hazard asked Abud how many e-cigarette stores would be affected by the ban.
Vaping360 believes this seems to suggest that the White House may be looking for a way to split regulatory requirements for different parts of the market, which would be a huge win for e-cigarette stores and e-liquid manufacturers.