Today, California Congressman Duncan Hunter not only outed himself as a vaper, but issued a powerful statement to FDA and his fellow members of Congress supporting a change in the grandfather date. Rep. Hunter clearly understands the importance of vapor products as a significant benefit to public health while also protecting thousands of American small businesses and tens of thousands of jobs.
According to Hunter, “The reason I vape is simple: It’s so I don’t smoke cigarettes. I vape knowing that I’m not inhaling tobacco. Most importantly, I vape because I believe it could save my life.” Hunter sums up the essence of harm reduction, “And if their true goal is to reduce cigarette use, then imposing a prohibition of sorts on e-cigarettes is senseless.”
Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District and has served in the House since 2009. He sits on the Armed Services; the Education and the Workforce; and the Transportation committees.