The EU Is Watching Your Ecig Tweets: Here’s The Proof!

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by: James Dunworth

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Important Update: A petition on Avaaz against the EU ECIG Ban is gaining traction, with over 11,000 signatures at the time of writing. Please sign the petition and share it on social media. Click here to sign the petition now!

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.

Graph showing vapers who will 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.

And even better, the EU gives us the hashtags they are monitoring (#ecigs and #EU).

(To follow what is happening on Twitter, you should also follow the hashtag #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.

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