May 29, 2019
James Dunworth is the co-founder of E-Cigarette Direct, a rapidly expanding vaping supplies sales company founded in 2008. E-Cigarette Direct now employs 90 workers and sells regulated e-cigarette supplies through their website, shops and resellers. James is the co-author of the first peer-reviewed study into electronic cigarettes, which was published in November 2009. James has been featured in most major newspapers in the UK and has been interviewed on Sky News, BBC Wales (TV and radio), The J...
June 27, 2019
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Stefan Didak joins Heartland’s State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud to talk about what is going down in California. Stefan has recently founded THR Policy and was the president and founder of NOT Blowing Smoke. Stefan started the organization as an educational resource and inadvertently became involved in legislative efforts surrounding vaping products including taxes, regulations, tobacco 21, and flavor bans.
Stefan talks about California, fro...
April 25, 2019
Nicotine is getting a bad reputation lately. The Nicotine Queen joins State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss her efforts in tobacco harm reduction. Taylor was a sales executive at Alchem USA and Nicselect and has recently joined North American Nicotine as Vice President of Sales. North America Nicotine is the exclusive importer of CNT and the world’s leading supplier of the gold standard of nicotine.
Despite fearmongering campaigns, other than being addictive, nicotine is ...
July 18, 2019
Matthew Elliott joins Heartland State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss his work fighting for vapers' rights in New York state and the country.
Matthew Elliott smoked for 15 years and has been smoke free for five years now. Matthew is a member of the Vaping Legion, an advocacy organization that not only keeps vapers informed of legislation, but also acts a watchdog by enforcing strict adherence to self-imposed regulation, including calling out bad labeling and pushing for ...
November 1, 2018
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, NOT Blowing Smoke Founder Stefan Didak revisits the podcast to discuss flavor bans. After San Francisco recently passed a flavor ban on tobacco products, other states and localities are pushing similar legislation. Stefan talks about a recent hearing in Sacramento, CA, Altria’s decision to limit flavors in their own electronic cigarette devices, and why these bans threaten tobacco harm reduction.
December 5, 2018
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Andrew Osborne, vice president of the New York State Vapor Association (NYSVA) joins Lindsey to discuss a proposed flavor ban in the state of New York. NYSVA is an advocacy organization that supports more than 700 New York vaping businesses and more than 2,700 employees. The board has been advising researcher, legislators, government agencies, and industry stakeholders for eight years on local, state, federal and international issues. Andrew is the president...
January 24, 2019
In this Voices of Vapers podcast, James Jarvis, president of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association (OHVTA), joins Heartland’s State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss his efforts and advocacy in shaping vaping regulations in Ohio. James owns five vape stores and an e-liquid manufacturing lab in central Ohio, and has been involved in the vaping industry since 2008. Lindsey and James discuss his work at OHVTA and his efforts to educate elected officials, including Congressman Steve...
January 17, 2019
State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud rejoins Guy Bentley, a research associate at Reason Foundation to discuss A Question of Taste: The Public Health Case for E-Cigarettes.
Lindsey and Guy explore his brief, his findings when examining the role of flavors in electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, the implications of legislation introduced in localities, states and the federal government to ban such flavors and other reforms to address the uptick in youth consumption of e-cigaret...
December 27, 2018
A.J. Moll is the Executive Director of Missouri Smoke Free, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote science, health and legal aspects of vapor products through advocacy and education. Moll is also a member in good standing with the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association and former Vice President of Media Relations for Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education. Moll came into vaping due to government regulations prohibiting smoking through a Smoke ...
October 3, 2018
In the latest Voices of Vapers podcast, State Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud talks with Guy Bentley, a research associate at Reason Foundation. Guy and Lindsey discuss Reason’s research on tobacco harm reduction, why flavors are a big thing right now, and other regulations and taxes threatening the vaping industry. For more of Guy’s work, please visit reason.org