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 Democrats and Republicans 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
- 24 September 2019 – We have updated this guide to reflect the suspension of Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, and his bid to win the Democratic primary.
- 9 September 2019 – We have updated the guide to reflect that Mark Sanford, a former Republican governor from South Carolina, has entered into the Republican race against incumbent Trump.
- 4 September 2019 – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ended her bid for the Democratic Party nomination for the American presidency. She announced this on August 28.
- 26 August 2019 – We have updated the guide to reflect the latest campaign dropouts from the Democratic ticket. These include Washington governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton. We also added Joe Walsh, a former Republican member of Congress representing the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He is also a conservative political pundit and radio host.
- 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 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.|
|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.|
|Joe Walsh||Unknown||Conservative Radio Host; Former U.S. Rep. for Illinois' 8th congressional district||Walsh is one of the latest Republican politicians announce a political challenge against Donald Trump. We have yet to see any indication about his position on issues like vaping and tobacco harm reduction. He has a history of aligning with many positions the incumbent maintains, just without the bellicose conduct.|
|Mark Sanford||Unknown||Former Governor of South Carolina; Former U.S. Rep. for South Carolina's 1st congressional district||Sanford is the most recent Republican to challenge Donald Trump. We have yet to see any indication about his position on issues like vaping and tobacco harm reduction. He does have a record of supporting the theory that human interaction has advanced climate change. This is brought up because Sanford may be open to more science than Trump or a personality like Walsh.|
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