The move accompanied a consideration to regulate the flavours available across the whole of America. Naturally vapers were encouraged to add their opinions on the matter, to counter the arguments being put forward by anti-vape tobacco control activists.
Freeman Vape Juice was one company encouraging its customers to take part: “Well-reasoned, non-emotional language will always carry more sway with regulators than any name calling or harsh language. Demonstrate acknowledgment of the concerns over flavours being seen as targeting youth and make your case that flavours help you avoid combustible tobacco products. The FDA is looking for people to tell their story that vape flavours may help adult tobacco smokers reduce cigarette use and switch to potentially less harmful products.”
“This is our chance to have our voices heard. Tell your story, be well reasoned and cite data. There is a time limit on the FDA public commenting period so if you are interested in making a comment please do so as soon as you can.”
Comments for and against flavoured eliquids began to be submitted, but all that changed over a few days. Suddenly, the comment section began to be overwhelmed by a deluge of mainly anonymous anti-vape comments. In total, over a quarter of a million entries engulfed the site, from four IP addresses, and was identified as the work of ‘bots’.
Although it is almost impossible to say which organisation or individual is responsible for this act, fingers are being pointed at Tobacco-Free Kids.