"Vaping Political Action
Last night ---- played host to a meeting of many of Western PA's vape shops at --- in Cheswick, PA.
The purpose of our meeting was to discuss Vaping Advocacy.
Vaping Advocacy is basically the activity of "fighting for our right to vape" through political means.
As many of you know the state of Pennsylvania is proposing a 40% tax increase on "vaping" in this years Pennsylvania budget (June 2015).
We don't want this tax to pass. Not this year. Not next year. Not ever.
And neither should you.
Why? Because vaping works for people who no longer smoke: it helps them to continue not to smoke.
(Many of our customers, many heavy smokers, have not smoked a cigarette in years.)
We, as shop owners, want our legislators to know that taxing vaping will make it harder for people to continue not smoking.
A lot of useful information was exchanged: how the Pennsylvania legislative process works, what can be done to contact our legislators, what shop owners should know about talking with their legislators.
This was a meeting for vaping businesses, but the same ideas apply to you, the "vaping" consumer.
In order for vaping to survive both individual vapers - whether they buy from a shop or on-line - as well as shop owners must become more politically active.
We will be posting more in this in the weeks to come.
If you want to learn more please contact our shops or post here."
Clearly a point of view you may or may not share, but legitimate none-the-less, even if don't support the legalization of pot.
EDIT 1: Though people claim that Facebook can limit whatever they want in terms of posts I have to disagree. If the post follows their rules I see no reason for it to be blocked. Since posting this others in vape advocacy have pointed out that their posts (on advocacy) are being blocked as well - though they can get past it by complaining.
Facebook and similar use contractors in foreign (to the US) countries to "censor" (see this link: http://www.rawstory.com/.../low-wage-facebook-contractor.../ ) there are others if you google.
There is also much legal activity around what a "carrier" can censor. (See 1989 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sable_Communications_of_California_v._FCC). Once you get to a certain point, which I think Facebook has with like 1.23 Billion (with a "B") active daily users they are not allowed to have such casual treatment of speech. Effectively FB becomes like a telephone line where everyone using it has to have reasonable access regardless of what the talk about. Imagine, for example, if you were talking dirty to your significant other and an operator came on line and said your call had to be disconnected because of obscene content.
Talking about voting for vaping is not obscene content.
EDIT 2: More recent info on "censorship" - http://www.wired.com/2014/10/content-moderation/