On Tuesday, Libertarian Gary Johnson‘s campaign became the first to address the topic of vaping. The Johnson Campaign’s national director Jim Wallace released a statement, reading:
In the first presidential debate, voters listened to two candidates dance around the American economy. What you’ll never hear from those candidates is how the economy is being killed by excessive regulation. Vaping, a new industry offering products as a healthier alternative to smoking, is about to be regulated out of existence. That doesn’t make any sense.
The vaping industry currently counts about nine million customers, producing about $4 billion a year in annual sales. With the excessive regulations recently introduced by the FDA, it’s estimated that as many as 12,000 vaping shops will be put out of business. As Gov. Gary Johnson has said, the free market and entrepreneurial spirit should be encouraged, not destroyed. Nowhere is this more obvious than the vaping industry.
As noted by Vaping360, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would appear tenuous allies to the vaping movement at best. However, neither has addressed the topic directly, as the Johnson campaign now has. All in all, it is no surprise that the Libertarian ticket offers to vapers the best option as the LP has consistently fought against excessive regulation and overcriminalization of victimless crimes.