Declared U.S. Presidential Field and their Vaping Positions
Vaping Post is proud to present our voting guide for the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States of America. Vaping, nicotine regulation, and tobacco harm reduction policy have undergone extensive challenges under the past two U.S. presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump, one a Democrat and another a Republican. Given these challenges, we believe that it is vital to follow this election carefully.
With 24 Democrats and one Republican vying to unseat incumbent Trump, it is crucial for the domestic and global industry to track who is leading in the polls. The current field of major presidential candidates is expected to grow. To stay up to date on the candidates, this page will be updated periodically with new candidates, position statements, and other information for the remainder of the 2020 campaign season.
The United States Presidential Election will be held Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.
– The Vaping Post team
- 19 August 2019 – According to the most recent RealClearPolitics average on public polling, Joe Biden still maintains a commanding lead over the Democratic field. Following behind Biden is Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
- 19 August 2019 – John Hickenlooper, the former Governor of Colorado, withdrew from U.S. Democratic Party presidential primary. He announced his withdrawal on August 15.
- 4 August 2019 – Mike Gravel, the latest dropout from the U.S. Democratic Party presidential primary, has been removed. All other records are current.
- 4 August 2019 – Mike Gravel, former U.S. Senator of the state of Alaska from 1969 to 1981, announced that he is withdrawing from the race due the fact that he was unable to generate the necessary support. He additionally cited his campaign’s blocking from the debate stage by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
- 30 July 2019 – As of today, the following candidates, their affiliations, and our assessments of their positions are still current with no changes.
- 19 July 2019 – We again updated our records to reflect that former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district announced his candidacy. Sestak entered the race with a June 23 announcement.
- 19 July 2019 – We updated our records to reflect that investor and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer has announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential field. Steyer officially announced on July 9.
- 19 July 2019 – Our records have been updated to reflect that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) suspended his bid for the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential nomination. Swalwell announced the suspension of his campaign on July 8.
- 19 July 2019 – 2020 Presidential Election Voting Guide Released.
|Candidate||Vaping friendly||Current position||Reason|
|Joe Biden||Unknown||Former Vice President of the United States||From what we can tell, Biden has not spoken publicly on his position on vaping or tobacco harm reduction.|
|Pete Buttigieg||Most Likely Against||Mayor of of South Bend, Indiana||While he has not made any declaratory statements on vaping or the "youth vaping epidemic," Buttigieg has overseen the passage of various Smokefree Ordinances in his home town of South Bend which include vapor aerosol.|
|Seth Moulton||Most Likely Against||U.S. Rep. for Massachusetts's 6th congressional district||Moutlon has supported several legislative efforts to support nationwide adoption of cannabis. However, despite his legalization efforts, he is likely to side with marijuana over tobacco or other deemed products like vapes.|
|Tim Ryan||No||U.S. Rep. for or Ohio's 13th congressional district||During his tenure in congress, Ryan has voted to extend FDA regulations over e-cigarettes and has often voted in favor or co-sponsored legislation that restricts the market.|
|Kirsten Gillibrand||No||U.S. Senator for New York||Gillibrand is on record for supporting anti-vaping and anti-tobacco harm reduction measures despite her previous history of representing large tobacco firms as a young lawyer.|
|Beto O'Rourke||Unknown||Former U.S. Rep. for Texas' 16th congressional district||From what we can tell, O'Rourke has not spoked publicly on his position on vaping or tobacco harm reduction.|
|Jay Inslee||No||Governor of Washington||Inslee signed into law Tobacco 21 policies in Washington, raising the legal purchase age for tobacco and nicotine products form 18 to 21 years. He also declared a youth vaping epidemic in several statements.|
|Bernie Sanders||Most Likely Against||U.S. Senator for Vermont||Sanders has reportedly been in support of vaping and tobacco harm reduction but has also questioned the legalization of cigarettes and nicotine products more recently.|
|Amy Klobuchar||No||U.S. Senator for Minnesota||Klobuchar is on record several times announcing opposition to vaping's health promotion claims and she has always viewed vaping as "big tobacco."|
|Elizabeth Warren||No||U.S. Senator for Massachusetts||Warren is not a friend to the vaping industry or tobacco harm reduction field. Her most recent example of this opposition can be seen with her signing of a U.S. Senate inquiry letter demanding documents revealing Juul Labs' so-called marketing tactics to minors.|
|Cory Booker||Most Likely Against||U.S. Senator for New Jersey||Booker has extensive ties to large pharmaceutical firms. It is also likely that he will stand against alternative nicotine products like vapes in favor of marijuana.|
|Kamala Harris||No||U.S. Senator for California||Before she was elected to the U.S. Senate, Harris served as the Attorney General for Claifornia where she announced legislative action against e-cigarette firms for so-called marketing tactics to minors.|
|Julian Castro||No||Former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas||Castro has been involved in the creation of some of the most aggressive anti-smoking measures that restrict other deemed products like vapes.|
|Tulsi Gabbard||Most Likely Against||U.S. Rep. for for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district||Gabbard has remained relatively quiet on the issue. But, she is on record for support marijuana legalization efforts and has made this effort a tenant of her campaign. Given this focus on cannabis, she could side against nicotine.|
|John Delaney||Unknown||Former U.S. Rep. for Maryland's 6th congressional district||Delaney has remained very silent on the issue. This is also evidence of his non-impactful campaign.|
|Wayne Messam||No||Mayor of Miramar, Florida||Messam, before he was elected to the office of Mayor and served on Mirmar's city commission, supported a sales ban on e-cigarettes to minors. While the legislation was industry friendly, the legislation's structure sourced the idea that vapes are intentionally marketed to minors.|
|Marianne Williamson||Unknown||"New-age" spirtualist, Novelist and activist||Williamson has no public service record to refer to, nor has she spoken publicly about e-cigarettes, vaping, or tobacco harm reduction from what we can tell.|
|Andrew Yang||Unknown||Tech executive||Yang is not on record for supporting or opposing e-cigarettes or tobacco harm reduction. We can only speculate, though, that Yang may approach the issue from the prespective of a tech executive.|
|Bill de Blasio||No||Mayor of New York City||During his tenure as mayor, de Blasio has supported several tobacco control measures that restrict access to more than just cigarettes. These policies have included prohibitionist approaches to regulating e-cigarettes, vapes, and other alternative nicotine products.|
|Michael Bennet||No||U.S. Senator for Colorado||Bennet has a legislative record for supporting industry-opposed e-cigarette restrictions and other tobacco measures that significantly skew the market unintentionally in support for large tobacco firms.|
|Steve Bullock||No||Governor of Montana||As governor, Bullock has pushed for regressive tax models that directly target e-cigarettes and vapes. He is also on the record supporting regulatory approaches that could limit legal adult access in the so-called name of protecting children.|
|Tom Steyer||No||Investor||Tom Steyer, while being a billionaire, has funded several progressive movements over the years. Most notably, Steyer helped bankroll the passage of California's Proposition 56 in 2016. This ballot measure added a cigarette tax and taxes on vapes to fund state-funded tobacco research; however, the campaign utilized messaging that suggests a tobacco epidemic among youth.|
|Joe Sestak||Unknown||Former U.S. Rep. for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district||As far as we can tell, there is no information regarding Sestak's position on vaping or tobacco harm reduction.|
|Candidate||Vaping friendly||Current position||Reason|
|Donald Trump||No||President of the United States, Incumbent||As president, Trump has appointed regulatory leaders who are anti-vaping and oppose tobacco harm reduction. Notably, former FDA Comissioner Scott Gottileb, a Trump appointee, declared youth vaping a public health epidemic.|
|Bill Weld||Most Likely||Former Governor of Masschusetts; Former 2016 Vice Presidential nominee for Libertarian Party||Weld served as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. During the 2016 race, the Gary Johnson-Weld platform reflected the Libertarians' pro-vaping and tobacco harm reduction positions.|
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