GULFPORT - The Food and Drug Administration will soon regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes; potentially changing how users are able to vape.
Vaping, which consists of inhaling e-liquids with a personal vaporizer, is considered by some to be an alternative to smoking cigarettes.
"With many public health groups in the UK and Europe coming out and saying that vaping is at least 95 percent less harmful, it helps smokers quit. Now is the time to let smokers know that this is far less hazardous than smoking cigarettes," said Conley.
However, the way consumers get their hands on e-cigarettes could soon change. Beginning August 8, 2016, the FDA will require vaping companies to submit products for approval. Some say the application process could cost anywhere from $2 million - $10 million; potentially putting many companies out of business.
Conley, who was a smoker until being introduced to vaping, says the new regulations are a problem.
"Mississippi has about the third worst smoking rate in the entire US. The traditional methods of recommending gum to smokers has clearly not worked in the state," said Conley. "I had tried to quit numerous times with the gum, the patch; everything that the public health department recommends. Nothing worked me. In August 2010, I purchased a vapor product and within 24 hours, I smoked my last cigarette."
The Truth about Vaping Tour will kick of its six tour in Gulfport on August 8.