Are you one of those who think that protesting against the e-cigarette ban, a ban which would force millions back to cigarettes, is useless?
It’s easy to think that a huge and bureaucratic EU will take no notice of vapers desperate to defend their right to vape.
A post from Dick Puddlecote lends heart, with a copy of an EU daily social media response.
· “The European Union ignores science and common sense by making proposals that will damage the health of smokers and vapers”Ecigarette Research (230+ mentions) http://bit.ly/1aT4RIr
· “They just don’t get it – Commission proposal for the regulation of e-cigarettes” Counterfactual (210+ mentions) http://bit.ly/1cLmSHV
· “Bayer is suing Europe for saving the bees [petition]” SumofUs.org(100+ mentions today) http://goo.gl/ZVSkLY
· “Prostitution: We need to see paying for sex as violence rather than vice” Independent (75+ mentions) http://ind.pn/1ekqOki
Top hashtags: #ep2014uk (180+ mentions) #eu (100+ mentions) #ep2014 (80+ mentions) #ecigs (75+ mentions)
A follow up e-mail received this afternoon simply said: “Same again today”.
Source: Dick Puddlecote
As Dick points out, the EU is run by politicians, and politicians care about votes.
Estimates of UK vapers varies between 1.2 and 2 million. Europe wide, it’s likely to be a lot more.
And as our poll suggested, many vapers are willing to change their vote to defend their right to vape.
And all that at a time when a referendum on EU membership could be approaching.
Protesting against the ban on social media, especially Twitter, does make a difference.
(To follow what is happening on Twitter, you should also follow the hashtag #euecigban:Tweets about “#euecigban”
So what are you waiting for – get tweeting
I leave you with a video by David Dorn, explaining how the legislation would ban ALL ecigarettes AND non-retailer information services.