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 ...
July 11, 2019
Paul Blamire is a major vaping advocate in Australia. Paul helps educate people in his own country and the United States on the major health effects of vaping. A former 30 year smoker, Paul first tried vaping in 2014. Since then, Paul has created his own e-liquid line and is a major contributor to the do-it-yourself community. The do-it-yourself community is useful for countries like Australia, as their regulations on liquid nicotine are even more restrictive than the United States’.
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...
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...
May 2, 2019
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Washington State Representative Drew MacEwen, a republican representing the 35th House district, joins state government relations manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss vaping-related legislation. Rep. MacEwen was first elected to the House in 2012 and has been a continuous leader on tax and education funding reform. Rep. MacEwen is the current assistant floor leader and ranking member of the House Commerce and Gaming Committee, assistant ranking member of the Ho...
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 ...
February 28, 2019
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Scout Stubbs joins the Heartland Institute’s state government relations manager Lindsey Stroud to discuss her efforts in Arkansas. Scout and her husband opened their vape shop in 2015 and have expanded it to a franchise chain of five stores in Arkansas. Drippers Vape Shop exclusively sells their e-liquid line that come in 103 different flavors and are all registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The two discuss Scout’s journey into vaping, the...
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...
January 15, 2019
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) talks with The Heartland Institute’s state government relations manager to discuss vaping and tobacco harm reduction. Known as the “Vaping Congressman,” Congressman Duncan Hunter represents California’s 50th congressional district, which covers East and North San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County. Congressman Hunter is a former United States Marine, and has served three combat tours overseas, two in Iraq and one ...