UPDATE: Despite the frigid cold today, there was a decent turn out for the rally and hearing. AVA, CASAA, vapers, shop owners from NYC and NYS (Buffalo), E Juice companies, bodega owners, university professors, doctors, law enforcement came together on the steps of City Hall to show their support and dissent towards the proposed flavor ban. Local news channel NY1 and Vice News were there to film the rally. I will try to get links of video from these as well as NYC. gov footage. I must say, I wish more supporters/consumers came out but I understand people were at work and the weather was an obstacle.
As for the hearing, there were about 5 panels who spoke in favor of the ban. American Heart Association, Tobacco Free Kids, NAACP, NYC Sheriffs, health “professionals” like the NYC Health Commissioner etc. to name a few. There were plenty of misinformed speakers to say the least. Some brought up AP and Diacetyl of course. The panel that struck a nerve for me were three NYC mothers who are the founders of PAVE (Parents Against Vaping E-cigarretes). They paraded five or six of their children ranging in ages from 11-16 like pawns. The kids spoke on the “epidemic” of Juuling in their schools. The Chairman of the Council ate it up.
For the opposition panels, they were groups of strong, well educated speakers. Many of the people mentioned above from the rally. Greg Conley, the president of AVA did a fantastic job relaying the truth about the Royal College of Physicians study as well as many more important counterpoints. Dr. David Abrams of NYU was compelling with his testimony. A wonderful woman, Spike, owner of four vape shops in the NYC boroughs drilled the point that in 90 days, if this ban passes, she would have to close down and let go of dozens of employees. This is just to name a few. Consumers were able to speak after the panels ended and state their stories.
Hopefully the next and final update to post will be good news. We will see.
P.S. I got to meet and talk to a lot of great people including Greg Conley.
Someone behind him in this pic is MisterSinner