On September 5, 2020, the United Vapers Alliance (UVA) will host its second annual Save the Vape rally to bring awareness to the threats posed by the looming premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) deadline.
A press note from the UVA says the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing regulation that has led to the closure of many small business across the country. For the rally, vaping advocates will descend on the SW Quadrant of the Ellipse to demand continued access to smoke-free alternatives to combustible cigarettes, according to the release.
“The 2020 Save the Vape Rally will focus on the upcoming PMTA deadline and what it means for vapers, small businesses, and America’s 36 million adult smokers. The rally will have over 20 speakers that will tell their stories of how vaping has impacted their lives,” the release states. “Rallygoers are determined to make the public aware that vaping can be a lifesaving alternative for adult smokers and that is at least 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes.”
This year’s featured speakers include vaping advocates Dimitiris Agrafiotis, executive director of the Tennessee Smoke-Free Association; Amanda Wheeler, president of Rocky Mountain Smoke-Free Alliance; and Gregory Conley, president of American Vaping Association.