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Pro-vaping Advocates Held Wisconsin Rally To Protest Government Overreach

The Johnson Creek Enterprises team poses for a group shot at their headquarters located in Hartland, Wisconsin. Photograph by Aaron Biebert.

Vapor product manufacturers throughout the country are now having to contend with a feeling of uncertainty, as it applies to the future of their businesses in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory authority over the vape industry.

Founded in 2008, Johnson Creek Enterprises has been serving a varied selection of e-liquid flavors to vapers nation-wide, and was the first e-liquid company to craft its flavors in the U.S., use child-resistant safety caps and list all product ingredients on its e-liquid bottles.

The company’s founder, Christian Berkie, took the responsible route at the dawn of what would become a multi-billion dollar industry, where the early measures he applied to his products have now become standard practice among companies like his.

The entrepreneur from Wisconsin who has created dozens of jobs during his company’s wake, now worries that his business might fold due in large part to weighty federal regulations.

On Saturday, he fought back.

With Berkie at the helm, Johnson Creek Enterprises held a large vape advocacy event called Vape Rally 2016 at his Hartland, Wisconsin-based plant, for the express purpose of drawing as much attention to the issue of overregulation as he could. With special attention paid to how government agencies like the FDA can potentially decimate small businesses through regulatory overreach.

Among the featured guests during the two-hour event were Ron Johnson (R-WI) an advocate for vaping in the U.S. Senate, and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), the leading vaping advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives, and author of legislation written to counteract the FDA’s deeming regulations.

Also appearing at the event was the Right to Vape Bus Tour, which leads a cross-country campaign to engage vapor product users politically, and is a joint project of The American Vaping Association (AVA), the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), and the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA).

Radio host Vicki McKenna emceed the event and music was provided by Chris McKinley.

For more on Johnson Creek Enterprises and its founder’s efforts to push back against burdensome government regulations, click here.