Vape Mail Ban Passes Senate

The US Senate passed bill S.1253 on July 2, 2020 by voice vote. This bill bar the shipping of vapor products by the USPS. Comparisons to the long-standing ban on shipping cigarettes ring hollow, as cigarettes are far more widely available at brick and mortar stores.

Law-abiding adult vapers without access to a brick and mortar store will now either need to obtain vapes through alternate channels, embrace a gold-standard of total nicotine abstinence that is not expected of any other legal risky behavior, utilize nicotine replacement therapies which were crushed by vaping in a New England Journal of Medicine Study or return to smoking.

Problems Created by Vape Mail Ban

The vape mail ban may seem to be a clever way to cut off the supply of e-cigs but as is always the case, strict e-cig laws punish marginalized groups. Rural residents with PO Boxes are unable to receive Fed-Ex deliveries and do not have access to vape shops.

In the midst of a pandemic, urban residents seeking e-cigs are forced to engage in riskier behaviors, whether it is shopping in person at a gas station or a vape shop, rather than the much lower risk alternative of receiving their products in the mail.

Anyone looking to make the switch from smoking to vaping now has to rely on online reviews, not necessarily a bad thing, but then either go in person or utilize UPS to complete their order.

Next Step

Below is a call to action. But our best bet may to bring the vape mail ban directly to the attention of the President via Twitter at @therealdonaldtrump. Locked in a tough reelection campaign, he has the power to veto this bill and the very rural voters that are cutoff from e-cigs via mail are key to his reelections prospects. There are plenty of issues outside of this that will determine how you vote in November. But that does not mean that you should not pressure him to veto this piece of punishing legislation

Please contact your US House Representative to let them know you oppose this bill, as its next stop is the house. The bill has enough textual differences than last year’s House vape mail ban that it will be in theory discussed, although this debate will almost certainly be pro forma in nature and receive little if any coverage. CASAA Voter Voice has provided this handy page to help you effectively correspond with your representative.

It seems likely the President would sign this piece of bipartisan legislation upon passage. The House is scheduled to act in two weeks on July 20, 2020.