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The vapor tax* language from HF 2182 has been added to an amendment that will be offered in the House Taxes Committee for HF 848.  Public testimony will be heard. This hearing is scheduled for MONDAY, April 20th 12:00 PM 10 State Office Building St. Paul, MN If adopted, this amendment would: Enact a 30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquid* Include devices and hardware in the state’s
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 19, 2015, 7:14 pm
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
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has introduced the city’s budget for 2016.  The proposal includes the “Vapor Product Amendment Act of 2015” which would tax e-cigarettes at the same rate as other tobacco products which is an unjustifiable 70% of wholesale. Please take action NOW by sending an email to city council members urging them to remove this harmful tax from the budget. Oppose Vapor Taxes in
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 - 04.13.15) HB 5 has passed out of committee. It is important that vapers continue to act as this bill could be heard in the Delaware House of Representatives as early as April 20th, 2015. For those that have not participated in our call to action, please take a moment now to send an email and make a call to your representative and members of the committee. Oppose HB 5 - Send
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 13, 2015, 5:00 pm
(Update - 04.12.15) Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action from Hawaii Vapers United on HB 940 which would include vapor products in Hawaii’s anti-smoking law. HB 940 - Deadline: Tuesday, 4-14-15 Submit Testimony (Update - 04.04.15) Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action on multiple bills from Hawaii Vapers United. You can access their "
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
(04.01.15) You can also fill out an online opinion poll provided by the Nevada legislature to let them know that you oppose SB 201. (Please do this in addition to sending an email and attending the hearing.) (03.30.15) Nevada Senate Bill 201 would deceptively redefine “smoking” to include the use of “electronic smoking devices” for the purpose of including vaping in the state’s indoor clean
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 31, 2015, 2:25 am
(Update - 03/30/2015) The discussion about prohibiting sales of vapor products to minors in Texas will continue on Monday, March 30th in the House Public Health Committee.  Over the past week, a substantial amount of work has been done to bring a bill to the table that would ban sales to minors without imposing unnecessary barriers to adult access. At this time, there is no one bill in
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 30, 2015, 2:30 pm
(Update - 03.28.15) SB 415 (ban on sales of flavored e-liquid) is scheduled for a work session and will likely move to a vote in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Monday, March 30th at 3:00PM.  Although an amendment has been introduced that would remove the prohibition on flavored e-liquid SB 415 would still prohibit the sale of other flavored low-risk, smoke-free products AND this bill
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:30 pm
(Update - 03.27.15) Yesterday, SB 978 was “pulled back” in order to consider changes that would address comments offered at today’s hearing.  A special thanks is in order for all those that managed to attend and testify on such short notice.  However, we still have no assurances that this bill will be amended favorably.  Specifically, we are concerned that the requirement for retailers to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 25, 2015, 7:01 pm
(Update - 04.06.15) (Update - 03.24.15) Indiana Vapers, Your presence is requested! The biggest threat to e-liquid access is happening in your state and we need your help! ★ ★ ★ Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th at 1:00 PM, vapers and small business owners from across the state will participate in a rally outside the State House in Indianapolis. We need to send a strong signal to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 24, 2015, 2:30 am
(Updated 4-16-15) FDA extended the comment period to July 2, 2015. We have updated this Call to Action to reflect the new due date and provide the new docket number for submissions. We have also prepared a Call to Action for the Second Workshop Regarding E-Cigarettes held in March 2015.  The third and final workshop will be held in June 2015, and we will prepare a call to action for that
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 18, 2015, 3:18 am
(UPDATE - 03/17/15) Vermont House Bill 233 would tax “tobacco substitutes” (vapor products containing nicotine) at an outrageous 92% of wholesale price.  This is the same rate paid on “other tobacco products” in Vermont. A similar proposal nearly passed the Legislature last year.  HB233 is currently before the House Ways & Means Committee. This bill could be moved on as early as this week (
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Senate Bill 447 would alter the state’s definition of “smoking” to include the use of electronic (or digital) cigarettes.  In fact, the way the bill is currently written, “carrying” an e-cigarette in an indoor public space would be prohibited. SB 447 was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor several days ago.  However, the committee ran out of time
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 15, 2015, 6:24 pm
Alabama Representative Steve McMillan has introduced a bill (HB 224) that would enact a $0.25/ml tax on e-liquid.  HB 224 has been referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means General Fund.  Please see the chart below for a breakdown of the cost this tax would add to bottled e-liquid. Alabama - Proposed tax per ML $0.25 ml 5 $1.25 ml 10 $2.50 ml 15 $3.75
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 15, 2015, 5:37 pm

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