This Week The Future Of Vaping Is In Your Hands
Jun 5, 2016 — Parliament will soon be voting on the TPD. That vote will be decided by how you and thousands of other vapers put pressure on politicians.
Over recent days there have been meetings with health ministers, shadow health ministers and the chief whip. They are worried by Lord Callanan’s motion.
Yet to turn their worries into a win in Parliament we need to put the right pressure on the right politicians. If we do that then by Friday the TPD’s hated laws on vaping will have been voted down and become history in the UK.
We don’t know yet which day this week the vote will happen - but it won’t be Monday. What is clear is that every hour will count.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE over the next 48 hours IS TO CONVINCE LABOUR that it has to back Lord Callanan.
a) If you haven’t contacted Labour’s Shadow Health Team over the last 24 hours then do it again.
@heidi_mp @lucianaberger @GwynneMP @KeeleyMP @justinmadders @lordphilofbrum
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, gwynneA@parliament.uk,
When they are inundated they will understand the level of concern.
b) Ask your friends and your e-liquid supplier to do the same. (If your supplier does nothing then you can come to your own conclusion.)
c) phone and email your MP with your story and why you hate the TPD. Their contact details are here: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Keep your communications respectful.
Here are some points you might want to make:
One: Jeremy Corbyn described the TPD’s rules on e-cigs as “perverse,” “strange” and “contradictory.” So how could Labour now justify voting for them?
Two: Labour’s Health Minister, Lord Hunt, told Parliament last month that e-cigarettes shouldn’t be in the TPD. So how could Labour explain doing a U-Turn and voting for the rules?
Three: There are 4,300 vapers in every constituency. If Labour were to back the government how would it explain its hypocrisy to those voters?
Four: Government officials say that the rules on vaping will reduce the choice of vaping products by 96% and could increase prices and push people back to smoking. Should Parliament be voting for this?
Five: Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians say that vaping is 95% safer and are encouraging smokers to switch to vaping. So why would Parliament want to strangle the supply of vaping products, ban advertising and force packaging to carry big warning labels?
Six: If MPs want us to believe that the relationship with the European Union works then this is the week to demonstrate it by forcing Brussels to think again on a piece of botched legislation.
Final Thoughts: i) We look forward to encouraging you with the results of that big opinion poll of vapers which is being carried out by the major polling company, Populus. ii) Please get emailing and tweeting now.
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