We Need Your Help in This Fight
This is going to be a long message and we hope you can bear with us and get through it because urgent and important.
VTA has been a small operation since we started in 2013. For almost 6 years we have operated independent from investors that might try to influence the way we do business. This is because we understand the industry, we essentially were part of building it up to what it is today. We are part of this ever-growing community that was almost entirely small businesses made up of people who were tired of giving our money to a tobacco industry that gave us nothing but sickness in return. We were successful but to our own detriment because we got the attention of corporations looking to stem their financial bleeding. The vaping industry diverted funds that were reliably going to the tobacco industry and distributed it to everyday people that would serve their local communities. This has kept our wealth within communities rather than funneling it out to wealthy investors and stock owners. Up until the emergence of the vaping industry, Tobacco related stock was the most reliable option to guarantee a return. It turns out addiction is a profitable business.
We never expected big tobacco to go quietly into the night. They have tried to destroy us for the better part of 5 years. Once their many attempts to break into the market failed, they chose a different route that could best be described as a strategy called “scorched earth” which means leaving nothing behind but destruction. It’s like a kill switch when all else has failed. They have also implemented fail-safes by investing in certain vape companies. If this regulation proposed yesterday goes through all the industry that will remain is the ones you have seen and heard on commercials. This means every small business from manufacturers like us to your local vape shop could be gone in less than 60 days.
Here is where you come in. We do not plan to go down without a fight. We have established a non-profit with a group of small businesses just like us called the United States Vaping Association or USVA. We ask that you help us by donating to our legal fund. The USVA, which includes us, filed a lawsuit August 19th, 2019 against the FDA and HHS overreaching their regulatory power. The law firm representing us has sued on the grounds that these regulations are unconstitutional and a violation of the Separation of Powers of the US Constitution. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive process, but we have diverted everything we can to support this lawsuit. That is why we need your help. Anything you can spare $5, $10, $20 or $50 would be much appreciated. Thank you for supporting our company and we hope to be around to continue to offer you the service that you depend on us for. It has been an honor to do business with each and every one of you.