Gregory Conley Joins the American Vapor Manufacturers

Posted 4th August 2022 by Dave Cross
Long-time vaping advocate and attorney Gregory Conley is joining the American Vapor Manufacturers Association (AVM) as Director of Legislative & External Affairs to advance public policy supporting the American vaping product industry in its fight for survival. Conley led the American Vaping Association as its president since 2014, will focus his efforts on government and media relations under the direction of AVM President Amanda Wheeler.

Gregory is a critical voice for vaping and understands adult smokers and ex-smokers face dire circumstances because of the FDA,” said Amanda Wheeler. “One single billionaire is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns designed to end the vaping industry. The stakes have never been greater, and I am thrilled to have him aboard to work towards a unified industry.”

Gregory Conley commented: “Over the last decade-plus, myself and millions of American adults have given up cigarettes because of vaping. During that time, I have been proud to advocate for vaping from the perspective of a consumer and harm reductionist. In this new role at AVM, I will continue to push for appropriate regulations to ensure that American businesses are not replaced with a multi-billion illicit market. I look forward to helping grow AVM alongside Amanda and her board.”

Conley has a long history of fierce advocacy for vaping products and tobacco harm reduction dating back to 2010. While receiving a J.D. / M.B.A. from Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, Conley served as the pro bono legislative director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA). Conley then founded the American Vaping Association, from which he testified before dozens of state legislative bodies, appeared on numerous news networks, and participated in a White House listening session with then-President Donald Trump. Conley plans to continue working with AVA as it charts a new path forward focusing on voter education and outreach.

The American Vapor Manufacturers recently asked the HHS Inspector General to launch an inquiry into allegations that FDA decision-making on key vaping product applications has been improperly influenced by political pressure from members of Congress.

The American Vaping Association is a non-profit organisation that advocates for fair and sensible regulation of vapor products, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, with the goal of maximizing the number of adult smokers who use these products to quit smoking.

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The AVA says: “We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapour. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular business, including our industry sponsors.”

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