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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: August 27, 2015, 5:56 pm
Update - 08.22.15 At the conclusion of Wednesday’s hearing, all of these disastrous Senate bills were passed out of the committee with favorable recommendations. Although this is only one step in the process, opportunities to engage and fight these irresponsible bills are running out. Please take action NOW to express extreme opposition to these reckless bills. Oppose Special Session
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: August 22, 2015, 2:30 pm
Update - 08.13.15 After the first round of Pennsylvania budget talks, it was clear that many in the state assembly are listening to the concerns of vaping advocates which is why we provided an opportunity to send a “thank you” message to your PA lawmakers in our last update. However, despite the voices of consumers, Governor Wolf is still pushing for a punitive and unjustifiable 40% tax on
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: August 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
Update August 21, 2015: The comment deadline has been extended to September 30, 2015. ______________________ 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 Exposure Warnings and Child-Resistant Packaging for Liquid Nicotine,
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: August 13, 2015, 11:19 am
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 take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers urging them to oppose the Governor’s vapor tax.
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
HB 682 would deceptively redefine “smoking” to include the use of e-cigarettes for the purpose of banning vaping in the same places where smoking is currently prohibited. This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Health Committee on Monday, June 15th, at 11:00 AM. Testimony at this hearing will be by invitation only. In light of the fact that the committee will not be considering
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 11, 2015, 1:52 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
(Update - 06.05.15) Oregon vapers! Your help is needed immediately to oppose new taxes on vapor products & to protect your local vape shops from a senseless sampling ban. A vapor tax in Oregon is very much on the table as the Legislature is finishing off its budget proposals. Several sources have indicated that a large tobacco company is presently lobbying your elected officials to impose
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
(Update - 06.04.15) It’s do or die time, Washington vapers! HB 2211 has been scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Finance Monday, June 8th 11:00 AM House Hearing Room - A (HHR-A) Your elected officials need to hear from you! 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
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 5, 2015, 4:30 am
(Update - 06.03.15) Ohio vapers, your voices are needed once again! The Ohio Senate is now completing its work on the state’s budget and some members are pushing for taxes on vapor products to be included in the final bill. As you may know, Gov. John Kasich has previously proposed a massive tax on vapor products that would equate to nearly $34 on a 30ml bottle. Even if you’ve already
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 4, 2015, 12:00 am
(Update - 05.31.15) On Thursday, May 28th, Governor Abbott signed SB 97 into law. Although CASAA supports prohibiting sales to minors, the bill also contained onerous requirements for delivery (online) sales, particularly those involving sales from out-of-state. Under this new law, out-of-state retailers will be required to use a method of shipping that requires an adult signature upon
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
(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 - 05.21.15) 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

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