‘We Vape, We Vote’: How vaping crackdowns are politicizing vapers

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The vaping electorate Jason Volpe has owned a vape shop in Caledonia, Mich., for six years. Now some advocates say this burgeoning anger could shape the votes of the nation's more than 10 adult million vapers and 20,000 vape shop owners. Vapers across the country are swarming Twitter, the White House comment line and statehouse steps with the message "We Vape, We Vote." The backlash from vapers and vape shop owners is getting louder as they argue their small businesses and their rights to what some see as a smoking cessation tool are being trampled. The damage was already done, according to vape shop owner Mike Moran, who offers customers voter registration paperwork in his two stores in New Jersey.

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Vapers across the country are swarming Twitter, the White House comment line and statehouse steps with the message "We Vape, We Vote." They're speaking out after a slew of attacks on their way of life. President Donald Trump announced his support for a vaping flavor ban in September. Some states temporarily banned the sales of vaping tools or flavors. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned people to stop vaping until public health experts can find the cause of more than a thousand cases of lung injuries nationwide. The backlash from vapers and vape shop owners is getting louder as they argue their small businesses and their rights to...

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