Here’s the VTA poll that likely influenced Trump’s reversal of flavored vape ban

The mainstream media began reporting on Monday that President Donald Trump has decided to pull back on his September 11 decision to ban flavored vapes.  Rumors began surfacing last week that a reversal was on the table amid reports that Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, was worried about alienating a significant portion of the president’s base who just happen to be avid vaping enthusiasts. 

Forbes Magazine suggests that these concerns likely stem from an October poll conducted by a Trump campaign pollster from McLaughlin & Associates and funded by the Vapor Technology Association (VTA).  By surveying some 4,669 adult vapers in key battleground states for the 2020 election, the survey indicates that the vaping community “vehemently opposes” flavor bans of any kind and that a significant percentage will be “single issue voters” next November.

“This survey among 4,669 adult vapor consumers in battleground states clearly shows these consumers are very likely voters who are highly passionate and motivated by issues and legislation that would affect vapor products. Specifically, vapor consumers are vehemently opposed to banning flavors in all nicotine vapor products. The survey results illustrate vapor consumers are likely to become single issue voters based on a candidate’s position on vapor products, particularly coming out to vote against candidates who support a flavor ban.”

Perhaps the most noteworthy statistic provided within the poll is one indicating that 99 percent of adult vapors -regardless of their current political leanings - strongly oppose a Trump flavor ban.  Adult vapers also agree by a margin of three to one that increasing the legal vaping age to 21 is an appropriate alternative legislative action that may help curb underage usage. 

Other key findings of the VTA vaping poll

Many within the vaping community tend to assume that a substantial majority of American vapers lean heavily pro-Trump.  However, the VTA polls determined that 51 percent approve of the president’s job performance overall compared to 44 percent who do not.  Other key findings include the following.

      • When participants were asked whether a Trump flavor ban would influence their vote for the 2020 presidential election, 65 percent overall and the same percentage of Republicans said they would be “less likely” to vote for Trump.
      • 83 percent of male independent or swing voters and 79 percent of independent woman were also “less likely.”
      • While 46 percent favor a generic republican candidate on the ballot compared to 24 percent who favor a generic democrat, 30 percent are “undecided and up for grabs in the battleground states.”
      • 92 percent of all respondents believe that raising the legal vaping age to 21 is “the more effective way to reduce the illegal use of nicotine vapor products by minors.”
      • 83 percent - or four out of five respondents - said that they will cast their presidential vote at least largely based on the issue of vaping.
      • 50 percent of the nearly 4700 participants said that they were very likely to be strictly single-issue voters.
      • Nearly 96 percent said that they were at least “very likely” to vote in the 2020 election.
      • 85 percent said that they would be “definitely”
      • 88 percent – or nine out of ten respondents – said that they are “more likely” to vote for a political candidate of either party who strongly opposes flavor bans.
      • 94 percent of participants were also former smokers.
      • 57 percent claimed to have smoked combustible tobacco products for at least twenty years.
      • 85 percent reported a history of at least ten years of smoking.
      • 84 percent were at least pack-a-day smokers.
      • 100 percent claimed that vaping has been “important” in their efforts to quit smoking.

The VTA-funded survey focused only on adult vapors in the key battleground states of “Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.”  CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fox News, and the three network news outlets are now confirming that the Trump flavor ban is no longer a threat, at least for the foreseeable future. 

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