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(Update - 05.22.15) SB 97 has been sent to Governor Abbott and is currently awaiting his signature. As stated in our previous update, if signed into law, SB 97 will create barriers to access for adult consumers and implement troubling personal data collection requirements. Moreover, there are sections of this bill that support the notion that, in general, the use of vapor products should
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 22, 2015, 4:00 pm
It is likely that tax language regarding electronic cigarettes will be added to a revenue or tobacco tax bill in Ohio. As soon as more details emerge, we will update this alert. In the meantime, we are asking Ohio advocates to take action by sending a message to lawmakers urging them to oppose ANY taxes on vapor products. Please take action NOW and send a message to Ohio lawmakers urging them
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 21, 2015, 4:39 am
It is likely that tax language regarding electronic cigarettes will be added to a tobacco tax bill in Kansas. As soon as more details emerge, we will update this alert. In the meantime, we are asking Kansas advocates to take action by sending a message to lawmakers urging them to oppose ANY taxes on vapor products. Please take action NOW and send a message to Kansas lawmakers urging them to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 20, 2015, 12:43 pm
The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being decimated by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 14, 2015, 5:56 pm
(Update - 05.12.15) SB 139 has moved to conference committee and is on the agenda for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00AM.  Please take a moment now to send a message to the members of the committee urging them to reject this bill. Oppose SB 139 - Send an Email To be clear, this is not a public hearing.  It is vitally important that you reach out to the members of the conference
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 12, 2015, 10:00 pm
HP 670 would deceptively redefine “cigarette” to include “e-cigarettes” for the purpose of taxing e-liquid at the same rate as traditional cigarettes.  If adopted, this bill would enact a tax of 10 cents per 18mg of nicotine contained in any amount of e-liquid. Please take action now by sending a message to the committee as well as lawmakers from your district urging them to oppose this bill.
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 10, 2015, 1:28 am
(Update - 05.09.15) HB 5 has been assigned to the Senate Health & Social Services Committee and will most likely be scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 PM. Please take a minute now to send an email to members of the committee as well as your senator urging them to oppose this bill. Oppose HB 5 - Send an Email As previously mentioned, although an amendment (HA
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 9, 2015, 4:00 pm
(Update - 05.21.15) With a special thanks to Minnesota Vapers Advocacy, CASAA is pleased to conclude this call to action favorably. The Minnesota Legislature has concluded its regular session without successfully passing any legislation that would negatively impact vapor consumers. MNVA has issued a thoughtful End of Session Call to Action on this issue that we’re encouraging Minnesota
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 8, 2015, 4:00 am
SB 463 would deceptively redefine “Tobacco” to include “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (or ENDS).  By altering this definition in Chapter 44 of the states general laws, SB 463 would be subjecting vapor products to the states 80% wholesale tax on tobacco products. SB 463 is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 5th. Please take action NOW by sending a message to your senator
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 2, 2015, 3:44 pm
Montgomery Co., MD Bill 15-15 would establish a 30% wholesale tax on electronic cigarettes sold in Montgomery County.  Moreover, the county council will be granted the authority to raise the tax rate each year simply by passing a resolution. Please take action NOW by sending an email to County Councilmembers.  We have also provided phone numbers below. Oppose Bill 15-15 - Send an Email
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 29, 2015, 12:15 pm
(Updated 4-27-15) On April 23, 2015, CASAA's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Carl Phillips, testified at the hearing on 940 CMR. CASAA's full written comments and suggested revisions to the proposed regulations (submitted April 24, 2015) can be read here. Summary Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has introduced 940 CMR which would impose significant restrictions on the independent
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 22, 2015, 3:05 am
FDA Call to Action: Submit comments on FDA’s Second Workshop Regarding E-Cigarettes. The first of three FDA Workshop was held in December 2014, and you have until July 2nd, 2015 to submit comments.  Please see: CASAA Call to Action for First FDA Workshop for details and instructions. This Call to Action includes instructions for commenting on the Second Workshop Regarding
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 16, 2015, 12:31 pm
(Update 04.30.15) We have updated the instructions for testifying at the hearing on Friday, May 8th, 10:00 AM.  If you have not already sent a message to DC City Councilors, please do so now. Oppose Vapor Taxes in DC - Send an Email Those wishing to testify must call the Committee of the Whole office at 202-724-8196​ to register as a witness.  Please do this as soon as possible and
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 16, 2015, 11:25 am
Senate Bill 482 would require all e-cigarette retailers in Rhode Island to post false and misleading signs warning consumers that vaping can cause cancer and lung disease. Senate Bill 489 would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in ANY indoor public space in Rhode Island, including vapor retail shops. Please take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers urging them to oppose these
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 15, 2015, 11:19 am
(Update - 04.15.15) HF 2182 has been scheduled for an informal hearing on THURSDAY, April 16th at 10:15 AM in the House Taxes Committee.  Although public testimony will not be heard, Minnesota Vapers Advocacy invites you to join them for a rally at the capitol.  The gathering begins at 9:45 AM.  In the interim, please continue to send emails urging lawmakers to oppose this bill. SF 2025
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 15, 2015, 11:00 am
(Update - 04.14.15) Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a hearing on SB 1 (which would ban e-cigarette use in public places and workplaces across the state). If you haven’t already done so, please send an email. This hearing will be via teleconference in the Senate State Affairs Committee, and the teleconference number that has been provided to us is
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 14, 2015, 8:00 pm
House Bill 427 would enact a 5 cents per ml tax on e-liquid as well as double the wholesale tax on smokeless tobacco from 20% to 40%.  House Bill 252 would also tax e-liquid at 5 cents per ml but proposes a slightly lower wholesale tax on smokeless tobacco at 30%.  While this new tax on e-liquid may seem modest, the long history of “sin” taxes has shown that once a “small” tax is on the books,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 14, 2015, 5:53 pm
(Update 4.30.15) First, HB 145 SD1 would deceptively redefine “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes for the purpose of imposing a punitive and unreasonable 80% wholesale tax on vapor products. This bill is currently being heard in the conference committee Thursday, April 30th at 9:15 AM. Please take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers and committee members
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 12, 2015, 5:00 pm
LD 1108 would deceptively redefine “smoking” to include “an electronic cigarette giving off vapor” for the purpose of including vaping in Maine’s anti-smoking law.  Although current law provides an exemption for smoking in tobacco shops, the same exemption would not be afforded to vapor shops. This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Joint Health and Human Services Committee: MONDAY,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 12, 2015, 3:15 pm
(Update - 04.09.15) Governor Kasich’s budget is making its way through the Ohio budget process.  Your lawmakers need to keep hearing from passionate Ohio vapers and your friends and family. Even if you participated in our email campaign back in February, please take this opportunity to send a new message to your lawmakers.  It is vitally important that your Senators and Representatives keep
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 9, 2015, 12:00 pm
Activities for this Call to Action: Send an Email Call the Bill’s Sponsor, Sen. Sylvia Garcia and ask that SB 706 be withdrawn (512) 463-0106 Attend the hearing (1:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015) Summary: SB 706 would include “a liquid substance” used to refill an e-cigarette in the state’s Health and Safety Code as a “hazardous substance.”  This would apply to all e-liquid
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 3, 2015, 1:58 pm
HB 2074 and HB 2134 would expand Oregon’s definition of “tobacco products” to include “vapor products” for the purpose of imposing a 65% wholesale tax on e-cigarette liquid and devices.  Imagine paying more than $1/ml on your next bottle of e-liquid or $165 for a $100 mod. Both of these bills are scheduled to be heard in the House Revenue Committee. Monday, April 6th 1:00 PM House Room - A
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 3, 2015, 2:15 am
HB 2211 would enact an unjustifiable extra tax of 60% of sales price on vapor products -- liquids and devices.  (Imagine paying $32.00 for your next 30ml bottle of e-liquid or $160.00 for your next $100 mod.) This bill has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance Committee Friday, April 3rd 8:00 AM House Hearing Room - A (HHR-A). Please make plans to attend this hearing.*
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 2, 2015, 4:03 pm
Like several states this year, North Dakota is considering bills to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors. One of these bills, HB 1186,  has some problems that need to be addressed, including provisions that would severely limit online sales of vapor products and deceptively define smoke-free vapor products as “electronic smoking devices.”  Given the predominantly rural environment of North Dakota
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 2, 2015, 1:07 pm
(Updated - 04.06.15) Activities in this Call to Action: Oppose AB 768 - Make a Call (Talking points provided)* Oppose SB 140 - Send an Email* Oppose SB 24 - Send an Email* Please share this post on your Facebook wall and in groups: http://blog.casaa.org/2015/04/california-call-to-action-multiple.html Attend the hearing for AB 768 - Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Attend
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 1, 2015, 5:46 pm

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