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JUUL's ongoing role in Livermore vaping referendum unclear

Original post made on Oct 10, 2019

The campaign to keep vaping products in the city of Livermore may be at risk of losing its biggest supporter with the announcement that JUUL Labs has officially ended its active support of San Francisco’s Proposition C.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:36 PM

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Posted by Kiley Phillips
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

My name is Kiley Phillips and I was born and raised in Livermore. I’m currently living in Livermore, I work a full-time job and I’m a single father of 4 kids. Like many others that use Ecigs, I started smoking combustible cigarettes when I was 14. I became a pack and a half a day smoker for over 17 years. I tried conventional methods to quit like Chantix, nicotine gum, lozenges ect. with no success. Since I picked up vaping on June 1, 2016, I haven’t had a cigarette for over 3 years. Not only has my health benefited 10-fold, now I don’t cough up blood after smoking a pack of menthol cigarettes. Vaping has changed my life for the better.
Unfortunately, the reputation vaping has received the past few years in the United States has been misleading and flat out untrue. The science is out there and the legitimate studies done on vaping prove that it’s a healthier alternative to smoking over 4000 carcinogens every time you light up a cigarette. The Royal College of Physicians (a 13,000+ board of doctors) have stated that vaping is at least 95% safer than combustible tobacco cigarettes. This claim is backed up by thousands of studies and clear cut evidence showing vaping is a healthier alternative. By banning adult access to life saving vapor products, I’ll be forced back to smoking combustible cigarettes. I don’t want to die from lung cancer, COPD, heart disease or the hundreds and thousands of other diseases from smoking cigarettes. I want my kids to have their dad live a longer, fuller life and preventing access to vapor products could kill me and millions of others. Let me continue to have the ability to choose a healthier alternative if I so choose. Where is the parents responsibility in making sure their kids don’t vape? It’s not the governments job to parent my children. If ecigs and flavors are the true epidemic here, then we should have the evidence and proof to show it.

We can go to the liquor store, buy a gallon of hard liquor and a carton of cigarettes, stop by the cannibus club, buy a big bag of marijuana and legally smoke it but when we want to go to a vape shop to help us remain off of cigarettes, we can’t do that? Thanks for reading. Contact me at with any questions you may have.

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