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Update - 02.05.16 HB 4062 is moving to a work session today: Friday, February 5th, 2016 1:30 PM House Committee on Health Care House Room E Oregon State Capitol 900 Court Street NE Salem, OR 97301 Please take action NOW to oppose this damaging tax proposal! Take Action - Send a Message Original Post - 01.29.16 HB 4062 would enact a 50% tax on the retail price of vapor
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 5, 2016, 4:07 pm
SB 2961 would enact a yet-to-be-determined excise tax on e-cigarette cartridges and a per-milliliter tax on e-liquids containing nicotine. Just as concerning, this tax would be tied to the rate imposed on traditional cigarettes, which means that any hike in the tax on cigarettes will automatically raise the tax on vapor products. This bill is scheduled to be heard in committee on:
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 3, 2016, 6:23 pm
H. 171 would include vaping in Vermont’s workplace smoking prohibition. Neither the existing law nor this bill provides an exemption for vapor shops. Testimony on this bill will be heard: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 15 minutes after the Floor adjourns (Afternoon) House Committee on Human Services (Room 46) If you are interested in presenting testimony, please contact: Julie Tucker,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 30, 2016, 4:16 pm
01.20.16 As predicted, HB 1143, which would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor products in the same places where smoking is banned, was passed out of the Health Quality Subcommittee yesterday, January 19th, 2016. However, this is by no means the end of the process. A special thanks are in order to Florida advocates from VISTA, FSFA, retailers, and consumers who took
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 20, 2016, 1:26 pm
Original Post - (updated) 10.18.15 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 destroyed 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 most
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 15, 2016, 1:30 am
Update - 01.24.16 On Thursday, January 21st, 2016, the status of LD 973 was updated to “Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).” Although the state legislature site explicitly lists this bill as “dead,” there is always a chance that it comes back to the table. Generally speaking, no bill is dead until the session has ended. Moreover, the issue of taxing vapor
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 10, 2016, 3:13 pm
New Jersey Very soon, the New Jersey legislature will be voting on two resolutions (SCR105 and ACR93) which “urge the federal government to regulate electronic smoking devices.” Although these resolutions are not actual laws, their discussion in the legislature gives New Jersey residents a valuable opportunity to educate lawmakers on this issue. Clearly some education is needed as the authors
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 5, 2016, 2:02 pm
In the final days of 2015, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller released a statement in support of vapor products. This is a significant departure from the public statements of his counterparts in other states. CASAA is encouraging Iowa residents to take this opportunity to voice your support for AG Miller’s positive remarks about vaping. Please include your story about how vapor products have made
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 4, 2016, 1:34 pm
Update - 12.16.15 Overnight, an agreement was reached regarding the final language of the omnibus budget bill. Sadly, the provision that would have protected consumer access to vapor products was not included. However, this is by no means the end of our efforts to prevent the harm that will result if the FDA deeming regulations are finalized in the spring of 2016. In fact, this is a great
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: December 16, 2015, 1:47 pm
Update 12/11/15: The FDA has reopened the comment period for this proposed rule. The new deadline is Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. Please follow the instructions in the post below to submit your comment. Update 11/25/15: Yesterday, FDA announced, "In response to a request for more time to submit public comments, the FDA will be issuing a notice in the Federal Register re-opening the public
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: December 12, 2015, 12:00 am
Update - 12.07.15 Update - 12.04.15 The Pennsylvania Vapor Tax is back and more threatening than ever. Bad ideas never seem to go away, especially when legislators are rather desperately trying to balance state budgets. This is exactly what is happening in Pennsylvania right now. A tax on vapor products that the lawmakers naively expect to raise $20 million is being seriously
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: December 7, 2015, 12:00 pm
Update - 11.13.15 HB 682 -- an indoor vaping ban -- will move to a vote in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015. It is vital that Pennsylvania advocates take action NOW by sending a message to lawmakers urging them to reject this bill. Oppose HB 682 - Send an Email Please also share this link on social media: http://blog.casaa.org/2015/06/
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: November 13, 2015, 8:00 pm
Update - 09.15.15 The California legislature concluded its Second Extraordinary Session on Public Health without passing any anti-vaping bills. This Call to Action is successfully concluded. Update - 09.09.15 With just a couple of days left in California’s “Second Extraordinary Session on Public Health,” the pressure is on both advocates and lawmakers to make their voices heard. If
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: September 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
Update August 21, 2015: The comment deadline has been extended to September 30, 2015. Update September 29, 2015: Updated to include a link to the comment CASAA filed. ______________________ DEADLINE for Comment is August 31, 2015 September 30, 2015. I. Background The FDA recently published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting comments on rules about “Nicotine
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: August 13, 2015, 11:19 am
Update 09.30.15 - Call to Action successfully concluded. ___________________________________________ On Monday, July 13th, 2015, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that the state legislature would be heading back into special session to hash out the details of the state’s budget. One of the proposals to be discussed will be a revived version of an earlier e-cigarette tax bill. Please
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: July 21, 2015, 2:10 pm
Several bills are scheduled to be heard in the Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday, July 14th at 1:00 PM. We have provided a summary of the bills below. You will see that the proposed regulations range from obvious (prohibiting sales to minors), to predictable (public vaping ban), to dangerous (requiring burdensome testing by manufacturers that would result in all or most e-liquids being
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: July 10, 2015, 4:09 am
SB 140 will be heard in the Committee on Governmental Organization on Wednesday, July 8th at 1:30 PM. Oppose SB 140 - Send an Email Please take action now by sending a fully-editable, pre-written email to members of the committee. Please note: if you are not a resident of a district represented by a member of the committee you will be sending a message to your assembly member only. If
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: July 6, 2015, 2:19 pm
Vapor taxes in Connecticut may be back on the table as the legislature scrambles to finish the state’s budget. It is vital that Connecticut vapers take action now by reaching out to lawmakers and urging them to oppose any bill that would enact taxes on vapor products. Oppose Vapor Taxes in Connecticut - Send an Email In addition to contacting lawmakers from your district, please take a
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:03 pm
(URGENT) The New York Legislature has gone to extra innings and two bills that would severely limit where electronic cigarettes can be used are still in play. Even if you have previously taken action on this issue, it is critical that you join your fellow New Yorkers and take action again. Please take action NOW to urge NY lawmakers to oppose both Assembly Bill 5955 and Senate Bill 2202.
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 18, 2015, 4:09 pm
FDA Call to Action: Submit comments on FDA’s Third Workshop Regarding E-Cigarettes. The first of three FDA Workshop was held in December 2014, the second in March 2015, and the third in June 2015. You have until July 2nd, 2015 to submit comments on all three workshops.  (Please see: CASAA Call to Action for First FDA Workshop and CASAA Call to Action for Second FDA Workshop for details and
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 17, 2015, 1:24 am
The Utah Legislature will once again be entertaining the prospects of enacting taxes on vapor products as the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee meets on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 2:30 PM Rm 445, State Capitol Agenda: http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2015/html/00002676.htm Please take action NOW by sending committee members a message urging them to oppose ANY additional taxes on vapor
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 15, 2015, 5:20 pm
(Update 06.12.15) Final consideration of The District’s Budget is set for Tuesday, June 16th. The excessive and unjustifiable tax on vapor products is STILL in the budget. There are a couple of points to know about this tax: Vapor products will misleadingly be taxed at the same rate as combustible cigarettes -- 70% wholesale. The language makes no distinction between the Cigarette
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
(Update - 06.10.15) URGENT! The Louisiana Legislature is about to take its final steps on, HB 119, a bill that would impose an unnecessary and counterproductive tax on vapor products. There is still time to stop it! In the next 24 hours, a conference committee made up of a total of six members from the House and Senate will meet to decide, among other things, whether to keep or remove (
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 10, 2015, 3:00 am
(Update - 06.09.15) HB 5 has been placed on the Senate Agenda for Thursday, June 11th, 2015. Even if you’ve already participated, please take a moment now to remind your State Senator to oppose this bill. Although it is encouraging to hear that an amendment would allow some businesses to continue to allow vaping in their establishments, we are still recommending that Delaware
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 10, 2015, 2:00 am
(Update - 06.12.15) Overnight, the Kansas legislature passed the tax bill containing a 20 cents per milliliter tax on e-liquid. However, this is not an end to this Call to Action. The tax and distribution regulations will not take effect until July 1, 2016, which is a full legislative session away. Now more than ever, Kansas advocates should take the time to reach out and educate their
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 8, 2015, 11:00 am

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