After the Referendum: How Vapers Will Win In Parliament
Jun 24, 2016 — Britain has chosen a new future in which every regulation will ultimately be decided by our Parliament in Westminster. The negotiations for untangling EU Directives will be by a new Prime Minister and be lengthy. There are a huge number of measures which she or he will be asked to change.
Our concern is to ensure that the Tobacco Products Directive is high up the list of things that MPs are pressing the new Prime Minister to tackle first. In short we need to be the squeaky wheel that makes the most noise.
We have great strengths on our side:
Firstly vapers have become a political force. There are 2.8 million vapers and the polling we conducted before the referendum showed your anger about the TPD.
Secondly we have strong arguments for being prioritised. Most of the TPD’s most harmful measures have yet to be implemented. If the government were to seek to go ahead with enforcing EU measures like the ban on stronger nicotine e-cigarettes it would create outrage.
Since Parliament is now in charge, this petition for Parliamentary action has become even more appropriate. Please keep encouraging your friends and family to sign it.
For the same reason vapers should renew their focus on lobbying their MPs. We suggest that you ask to meet your MP at their constituency surgery as soon as possible to help them understand the needs of the 4,300 vapers they represent.
A key date for your diary is Monday 4 July when there will be a major debate on vaping in the House of Lords led by Lord Callanan.
After discussions with vaping activist groups we are recommending that on this day vapers turn up at Parliament to firstly lobby their MP at the House of Commons and then to view the House of Lords debate from the public gallery at 7pm. At the end of the debate there will be a vote on a “regret” motion which the government could lose. So July 4 is your VIP day - the day of Vapers In Parliament.
More details will follow to help turn this into an exciting and important day for large numbers of vapers.
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