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Montana House Bill 579 would alter the state’s definition of “tobacco products” to include “vapor products” for the purpose of subjecting them to a 50% wholesale tax.  This bill would also enact a weight-based tax on nicotine of 0.0173¢/mg.  Although the cost is practically negligible, adoption of this language could lead to a higher tax rate in the future and should be removed.  HB 579 has been
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 27, 2015, 3:20 pm
Three bills have been introduced in the Connecticut Legislature that threaten the health and welfare of vapers, smokers, and small businesses in Connecticut.  At the current time, the full texts of these bills are not available, but it is plainly clear that some members of the Connecticut Legislature are aiming to snuff out the vapor industry in Connecticut. Please take action now to oppose
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 26, 2015, 3:54 pm
Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed a massive tax on vapor products and a hike in the tax on smokeless tobacco products to 60% of wholesale. If the Governor’s budget bill -- HB 64 (read the vapor tax portions here) -- becomes law, each 0.1 ml of nicotine-containing e-liquid would be taxed at the same rate as a cigarette.  This means that 2 ml of e-liquid would be subject to the same tax as a
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 25, 2015, 1:19 pm
(Update - 02/23/15) Washington Vapers may be receiving emails from their state lawmakers informing them that HB 1645 & SB 5573 are “dead.”  This is not entirely accurate.  In Washington, if a bill is deemed necessary to implement the budget (NTIB), it can be brought back to life -- even in the final days of budget negotiations.  In other words, bills that would enact vapor taxes, flavor
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 24, 2015, 5:30 am
New Hampshire SB 105, a bill that would include the use of e-cigarettes in the state’s indoor smoking act and prohibit vaping in thousands of NH businesses and workplaces, has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 in Room 101, Legislative Office Building, at 1:20 PM.   Please take this opportunity to send a message to your senator and the members of the Senate Health and
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 23, 2015, 4:22 pm
UPDATE 2/26/15: While a potential tax threat is never truly "dead," we have been informed by credible sources that it appears unlikely that a bill taxing vapor products will be introduced this legislative session. We do, however, expect legislation to be introduced on other issues impacting e-cigarettes, and we will update this Call to Action and/or issue new Call(s) to Action as appropriate. It
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 22, 2015, 7:26 pm
A dangerously vague and ambiguous bill has been introduced in the Arizona State House of Representatives.  Enactment of HB 2648 would give state enforcement agencies the power to harass and prosecute retailers merely for selling products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol.  Please act now to stop it! Specifically, HB 2648 would: Prohibit any marketing or advertising or vapor products
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 19, 2015, 2:48 am
SB 65 would impose a massive tax on e-liquid and cartridges of 4 cents per mg of nicotine contained in the product. At first glance, this may not sound like much, but it would double or triple the cost of most vapor products in New Mexico. This bill will be heard in the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee TODAY (2/18/15) at 2:00PM (MST). Taxation under SB 65 30 ml bottle, 3.6%
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 18, 2015, 2:56 pm
Multiple bills have been introduced in Texas that would ban sales of vapor product to minors (which we support), but would also severely restrict internet sales (which we oppose).  CASAA is currently focused on SB 97, which received a hearing last week before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.  SB 97 would impose unnecessarily harsh restrictions on Internet sales, including requiring
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 17, 2015, 2:21 pm
(Update - 02/14/15) SB 539 was narrowly passed out of the Senate Technology and Commerce Committee on 1/29.  It has now been referred to to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.  A hearing is scheduled for TUESDAY, 02/17/15 at 8:30 am in room 431. Testimony will only be taken with regards to the economic impacts of the bill.  Although we are not asking consumers to turn out for this hearing,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:00 am
(Update 02/14/15) We have received word that SB 2322 -- a 50% tax on OTP that has been expanded to include e-cigarette devices and liquid -- has likely been scheduled for a hearing on MONDAY, 2/16/15 in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Even if this bill fails in the committee, it will still advance to the full senate on TUESDAY. Please take action NOW to oppose this bill!  It is
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 14, 2015, 5:00 pm
UPDATE 2-26-15: Hawaii Vapers United has created a tool for Hawaii advocates to submit testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for SB 1220 and SB 1032. You can submit testimony up until the hearing at 1:00 PM Friday, 2-27-15.  Link for testimony for SB 1220 Link for testimony for SB 1032 *********** Numerous bills have been introduced in the Hawaii Legislature that threaten the
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 13, 2015, 5:17 pm
A bill, HB 1156, has been introduced in the Arkansas Legislature that would enact a 7.5¢/ml tax on e-liquid.  Although this is a small tax, CASAA is opposed to any tax on vapor products beyond state sales tax. This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Rules Committee TODAY, 02.11.15,  at 12:00PM in Room B, MAC. Please take action now to oppose this bill! Oppose HB 1156 - Send an
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 11, 2015, 8:26 am
Please take action now to tell your representatives in the Nevada State Legislature that taxing life saving vapor products is bad policy! A new bill (SB 79) would tax all products containing “liquid nicotine” at 30% of wholesale price, the same rate that Nevada applies to combustible tobacco products like cigars and loose tobacco.  By raising the price of these smoke-free products, enactment
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 9, 2015, 4:22 pm
HB 26, a bill that would prohibit the use of vapor products in all indoor spaces open to the public, will be heard in the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee on Wednesday, February 11th at 1:00 PM.  In addition to prohibiting use in tens of thousands of Maryland workplaces, as it is currently written, this bill will not provide an exemption for vapor shops. Last year, a practically
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 6, 2015, 1:00 pm
A bill (HB 59) that would ban the sale of flavored e-liquid, with the sole exception of menthol, has been introduced in Vermont by Representatives Komline, Clarkson, Krowinski, Poirier, and Till.  Even though this bill would practically eliminate all vapor products and vapor retailers in Vermont, flavored cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah products would continue to be legally available. This
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 5, 2015, 5:14 pm
This Wednesday morning, members of the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee will likely vote on a bill (HB 173) that would more than double the tax on smokeless tobacco products like snus sold in the state (from 20% to 40% of wholesale).   To be clear, this bill does NOT tax e-cigarettes and vapor products. CASAA advocates for all low-risk, smoke-free products, and we strongly urge
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 3, 2015, 2:59 pm
(Updated 2/2/2015) Earlier today, the House Agriculture Sub-Committee recommended that the full Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources take a vote on HB 2036.  Now is the time for all vapers to contact these committee members and ask that they oppose HB 2036 unless significant changes are made. Virginia House Bill 2036 is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, February 2nd at 4:00 p.m.,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 1, 2015, 5:39 pm
Oregon’s legislative session begins on Monday, February 2nd, and already a handful of damaging e-cigarette related bills have been pre-filed.  This year, Oregon vapers are facing flavor bans, taxes, use bans, packaging restrictions, and the introduction of a new and exciting derogatory term (“Inhalant Delivery System”) used to define the vapor product category.  We are anticipating updating this
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:48 pm
(Update - 02/08/15) If you cannot attend the hearing in person, you may participate in the hearing via teleconference. Simply call 1-855-463-5009 (907-463-5009 if in Juneau) and tell the operator what bill and committee you want to testify on. (Update - 02/07/2015) SB 1 has been scheduled for a hearing on WEDNESDAY, February 11th at 1:30 PM (AST), at Butrovich 205. Please plan to attend
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 22, 2015, 4:30 pm
(Updated 01.26.2015) (Updated 01.14.2015) Once again, vapers in New York State are being threatened by multiple bills intended to severely impact the electronic cigarette industry and, by extension, dramatically limit consumer choice and increase the cost of these potentially life-saving products.  Representatives Rosenthal and Dinowitz and Senator Rivera have introduced bills that would
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 12, 2015, 6:04 pm
(Updated - 01.15.2015) Montana SB 66 seeks to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  Although CASAA is generally supportive of legislation that restricts access to these products by minors, the wording of the current bill carelessly and inappropriately confuses low-risk smoke-free e-cigarettes with combustible tobacco cigarettes by referring to these products as “electronic smoking
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: January 7, 2015, 5:42 pm
1/25/14 Update:  This call to action has concluded.  Although the NOLA City Council reached a compromise with vapor retailers in the city that allows for e-cigarette use in vapor stores and would allow for vaping indoors at a convention, thousands of other businesses are now required to prohibit vaping indoors.  A detailed list of the affected businesses and other locations is available here.
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: January 2, 2015, 2:13 pm
Updated 1/18/15: On January 16th, Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a package of bills seeking to regulate electronic cigarettes because it would not regulate and tax the devices like tobacco products, leaving Michigan one of only 10 states which permit those under age 18 to purchase e-cigarettes.  We are disappointed that the governor caved to pressure from the tobacco control community, a community
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 1, 2015, 3:55 pm
As noted in our blog last week, Representatives Boehner, McCarthy, and Upton wrote a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services suggesting that the grandfather date of February 15, 2007 for "new tobacco products" under the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) be changed. Such a change would result in tens of thousands of e-cigarette products not being summarily removed from the market, so we
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: December 9, 2014, 12:59 pm

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