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(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 - 03.28.15) Two amendments have been offered to HB 5.  HA 1 would carve out an exemption for vapor retail shops.  HA 2, on the other hand, would limit that exemption to a two-year period.  Although this is clearly a step in the right direction, HA 2 is unacceptable.  Furthermore, despite an exemption for vapor shops, HB 5 would still force thousands of businesses and workplaces in
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 28, 2015, 3:00 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 - 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! ★ ★ ★ This Thursday, March 26 at 1:30 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 the Indiana Legislature that
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 24, 2015, 2:30 am
(Update - 03.22.15) Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action on SB 1032 from Hawaii Vapers United. You can access their "testimony tool" here. The deadline to submit comments is 2:45PM TODAY, Sunday, 3/22. Please Take Action NOW! (Update 2.26.15) Hawaii Vapers United has created a tool for Hawaii advocates to submit testimony to the Senate Ways and Means
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 22, 2015, 3:30 pm
Several bills that would impede consumer access to vapor products are scheduled for a public hearing in the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday, March 24th at 8:00 AM in the Capitol Extension, 2nd floor, room E.012 (Central Gallery - click here for a map).  We have Identified HB 170, HB 81, HB 970, and HB 2321 as all containing language that would impact consumer access, choice, and
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 20, 2015, 7:57 pm
FDA Call to Action: Submit comments on FDA’s First Workshop Regarding E-Cigarettes. In December 2014, the FDA held the first of a series of “workshops” in which “experts” are invited to inform them about the physical characteristics of e-cigarettes. It should be no surprise that the people who were granted time to speak were largely non-experts and that consumer representatives were closed
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
House Bill 5690 would ban the use of e-cigarettes in ANY indoor space in Rhode Island.  As written, there is no exemption for vapor retail shops.  HB 5690 is scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on WEDNESDAY, March 18th, 2015 at 5:30 PM in the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, Room 101 - State House. Please take action NOW to urge committee members to oppose this bill!
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 15, 2015, 2:50 pm
PA Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for FY 2016 would enact a 40% wholesale tax on both vapor products and smokeless tobacco.  This is certainly not the first time that Pennsylvania has sought to enact a tax on smokeless tobacco, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania, it has been defeated every time.  This year, Governor Wolf is adding e-cigarettes to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 13, 2015, 12:05 am
(Update - 03/12/15) House Bill 1645 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming on MONDAY, March 16th, at 1:30pm.  This bill would, among other things: Enact a 95% tax on all vapor products (liquids and component parts) Prohibit the sale of flavored e-liquid Ban online sales (including concentrated nicotine for DIY) Impose labeling requirements unique to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
HB 415 (second substitute): Having successfully staved off a massive tax threat, Utah vapers are now facing a new threat. HB 415, the Electronic Cigarette Regulation Act, still imposes various requirements on retailers and manufacturers that could potentially make Utah a regulatory island and cut consumers off from a variety of products. Please take action now and send an email expressing
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 11, 2015, 12:00 pm
(Update - 03/06/15) Oregon Senate Bill 190 would enact an online sales ban for electronic cigarettes as well as smokeless tobacco.  Although we tend to take it for granted that vapor retail shops are easy to find and increasingly accessible, access to combustible cigarettes is still greater.  There are thousands of consumers that depend on having products delivered to their door so they can
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 6, 2015, 4:30 pm
(Update - 03/05/15) HB 5449, HB 6283, and HB 6290 are currently scheduled to  be heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015.  As described below, both of these bills would limit access to, and awareness of, vapor products and severely diminish their effectiveness and appeal to adult smokers. Please take action now by (1) planning to attend the public
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 6, 2015, 3:00 am
(Update - 03/09/15) We are receiving word that HB 2404 is being rescheduled for the committee hearing on TUESDAY, March 17th, 2015 at 2:30 PM.  Advocates that were planning to attend the hearing scheduled for tomorrow (3/10) should instead make plans for next week. In the meantime, if you have not already taken action, please take a moment to send an email and make a phone call to your IL
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 5, 2015, 10:25 pm
(Update - 3/9/2015) Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) at 8 AM, the House Public Health Committee will hold a hearing on HB 170 (similar to SB 97). This bill would wisely ban sales of vapor products to minors, but like SB 97, it would also implement overbearing rules for online sales of vapor products that would hurt consumers and shut down Texas businesses. The committee is unlikely to vote on
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:00 pm
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has proposed a massive tax on vapor products and a hike in the tax on smokeless tobacco products.  If the Governor's budget bill -- HB 2 -- is enacted, "nicotine vapor products" (all devices and nicotine-containing cartridges and liquids) and smokeless tobacco products would be subject to an enormous tax of 73.94% of wholesale price. Please take a moment
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 5, 2015, 1:12 pm
(Update - 03/04/15) We have received word that the hearing for HB 579, scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday 03/05), has been canceled.  We are also being told that the bill’s sponsor plans to withdraw it.  Currently, this update is solely to inform Montana residents that were planning a trip to Helena that they can stay home.  When we receive a more substantial confirmation, we will officially
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 27, 2015, 3:20 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
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

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