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Following Feingold’s election loss in 2010, his supporters hoped that these elections would turn the tables, and contribute to the Democrats taking back the US Senate, however with Johnson’s victory, things things have turned in favour of the Republicans. Nevertheless this victory does not only bring satisfaction to Democrats and to Johnson’s supporters, but also to the significant number of vapers in the state and around the nation.

The Senator that stood up to the FDA

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became renowned as an advocate of the vaping industry, as on the 17th of May 2016, (5 days after the FDA announced the implementation of their infamous deeming rule), he sent a letter to the Agency demanding an explanation as to why such harsh rules were being put in place.

Senator Johnson voiced his concern as to how Public Health would be affected by the FDA’s regulations, and asked the agency whether they would reconsider, should sufficient data in favor of the products were to be presented.
Additionally he requested an explanation from the agency, asking for assistance in clarifying how these regulations would be affecting the small vaping businesses, asking for data in relation to how e-cigarette businesses will be affected, and also whether the consequences that such harsh regulations would have on society as a whole were considered in the first place.

In his letter he also mentioned his concern as to how Public Health would be affected by these regulations, and asked the FDA whether they would reconsider the regulations should sufficient data proving the safety of vaping products were to be presented.

Perhaps a little hope for the vaping industry?

While both presidential candidates ignored questions on vapers’ minds and both offices failed to return emails sent by pro-vaping associations, ava,Gregory Conley the president of the American Vaping Association and Adam Kustin, vice president of marketing at the leading e-cigarette distributor V2, both agreed that Trump is more likely to be pro-vaping as he “is in favor of fewer government regulations”.

Vapers may sleep a bit easier tonight, knowing that there is Senator Johnson still in power, demanding answers.
However whether the new President will endorse vaping products or not ,the industry and its consumers may sleep a bit easier tonight, knowing that there is Senator Johnson still in power, demanding answers.

For further details about Senator Ron Johnson’s initiative to challenge the FDA’s  vaping regulations read the below articles. Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five