State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a candidate for the US House, locked the door and refused to receive testimony from local Colorado residents imploring her to retract her support for policies that would drive tens of thousands of her constituents back to smoking deadly combustible cigarettes. Rep. Caraveo was the lead sponsor of legislation to ban reduced risk tobacco alternatives in the state of Colorado.  

“Rather than listening to her constituents, Rep. Caraveo instead chose to lock her doors on them,” said Tim Andrews, Director of Consumer Issues at Americans for Tax Reform, which is currently co-sponsoring a national “We Vape, We Vote” bus tour. “Caraveo refuses to acknowledge the evidence regarding tobacco harm reduction. She’s choosing to ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus on the harm her policies causes, and locked the doors on her constituents.”  

The scientific evidence is clear: Vaping is 95% safer than smoking, it’s 2-6 times more effective than other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, and has the potential to save over six million American lives. Rather than try to combat youth use, Rep. Caraveo instead wants to stop adults from quitting smoking. Flavor bans, and excessive vaping taxes, such as the ones promoted by Rep. Caraveo will only lead to more smokers.   The tens of thousands of vapers in Colorado’s 8th District will remember this come November 8.”  

Polling commissioned by Americans for Tax Reform has found that 83% of vapers are single issue voters, and likely to turn out and vote at considerably higher levels than the national average.  

The WeVapeWeVote bus tour is a nonpartisan joint project of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) dedicated to inform the country about the power of the vape vote and to encourage lawmakers to make smart, informed decisions around vaping policy.  

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