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Poll Shows Brexit Campaign Has Massive Lead With Vapers

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The campaign to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union has a decisive advantage with the old, blue-collar voters and apparently vapers.

That’s according to a Populus poll conducted for the Vape Club. The UK will vote Thursday whether it wants to leave or remain within the EU.

The campaign has been fierce with the “Remain” campaign focusing on the risks to the economy if Brexit wins and the “Leave” campaign arguing the UK will be able to take back control of its borders, economy, and democracy after Brexit. (RELATED: UK A Great Investment If Brexit Wins, Says World-Leading Bank)

Despite months of campaigning, the polls are still too close to call, with turnout likely to be the deciding factor. The leave campaign has an advantage with older voters and those on lower incomes while the pro-EU side poll better with younger people and the more educated.

While they may not yet be a distinct electoral group yet, the Leave camp also has a nine percentage point lead among vapers with 49 percent saying they are voting for Brexit, says Populus.

One possible reason for the big Leave lead with vapers is the European Tobacco Products directive which imposed costly and onerous regulations on the e-cigarette industry, which, in turn, limits consumer choice.

Almost 40 percent of vapers told Populus they are angry with EU regulations on e-cigarette products  and 45 percent said the rules were the result of the “excessive influence” by big tobacco and big pharma in the EU. The campaign group Vapers for Britain (VfB) warned of the damaging impact of EU regulation in February.

“Vaping businesses are going to be spending a fortune on filling in tens of thousands of meaningless forms, changing tank sizes to ones you don’t want and changing bottle sizes down to fiddly 10ml. The government says it will cost £1.3m for the entire industry to comply with the TPD. The industry says £988m – which is money that you will be paying,” says the VfB website. (RELATED: Vapers For Britain: Why E-Cigarette Users Support Brexit)

“The Prime Minister told the House of Commons in December that vaping had got one million people to quit. Yet despite this stunning public health achievement, we are heading to the TPD Disaster starting on Black Friday.” To avoid the damaging impact of the EU’s regulations, VfB recommends British vapers vote to leave the EU June 23.

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