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Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives association

Michigan vapers need to act NOW to defeat SB 1018, a proposed "sin tax" on e-cigarettes and treatment of e-cigarettes as "tobacco products." Earlier this year, RJ Reynolds promoted a small but punitive sin tax on e-cigarettes in North Carolina that was passed quickly and over the objection of consumers. It appears we have a similar situation brewing in Michigan where our information is that RJ
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: August 28, 2014, 12:21 pm
NOTE: If you tried to do the survey and were kicked back to the begining (or out) without being able to get to the end, please try again. There was a glitch late Sunday night that may have interrupted your progress with the survey! On August 8, 2014, the FDA comment period closed. As stated in our Calls to Action, this is not a battle that is going to be won based solely on comments to the
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: August 11, 2014, 4:24 am
UPDATE 8/13/14:  14-0371 Electronic Smoking Devices: A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 before Judiciary and Legislative Investigations at 9:30 AM. The location is Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall. This legislation would prohibit the indoor use of “electronic smoking devices” (aka e-cigarettes, despite the fact that they emit no smoke) in any area where actual
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: August 1, 2014, 3:08 pm
Massachusetts: Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors, But Also Add E-Cigarettes to State's "Smoking" Ban -- HB 3639 HB 3726   URGENT UPDATE 7/30/14:  HB 3726 is still in play.  Having received a favorable recommendation from the House Committee on Health Care Financing on 7/28/14, HB 3726 is now in the House Ways and Means Committee.   CASAA has created a CQ Roll Call Campaign for
Author: Gregory Conley
Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm
Fourth Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations Streamlined Version NOTE: After reading the instructions below, please go here to submit your comment to the FDA. Comments posted to this blog DO NOT go to the FDA. This is NOT a petition! CASAA has been producing and posting FDA Alerts and Calls to Action since before the proposed regulations were released. For a full background on
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: July 26, 2014, 2:04 pm
UPDATE: We realize there are recent adopters of these products who may not have had time to familiarize themselves with the politics and what is at stake. In an effort to engage you and provide a means to have your voice heard, here is the link to the simplified version of our 4th FDA Call to Action. XXX NOTE: After reading the instructions below, please go here to submit your comment to
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: July 24, 2014, 3:25 pm
On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.   As noted in CASAA's Action plan, this is not a battle that is going to be won based solely on comments to the proposed regulations. Accordingly, we are attacking this on several different fronts. Before the draft regulations were published, we had envisioned a single Call to
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:02 pm
On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.   As noted in CASAA's Action plan, this is not a battle that is going to be won based solely on comments to the proposed regulations. Accordingly, we are attacking this on several different fronts. Before the draft regulations were published, we had envisioned a single Call to Action with
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: July 17, 2014, 12:49 pm
UPDATE 7/23/14:  Call to Action successfully concluded.   As Pennsylvania legislators scramble to fill a budget deficit of over $1 billion, a tax on electronic cigarettes is being considered.  Rumors are that the State may seek to impose a punitive tax of up to 60% of wholesale price on all e-cigarette products, possibly including devices.  Legislators are also considering taxing low-risk
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 26, 2014, 2:00 pm
We need Michigan vapers to immediately contact Governor Rick Snyder’s office and ask him to sign Senate Bill 668.  After the Michigan Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 668, we need your help in contacting Governor Rick Snyder to encourage him to sign this important legislation that will prohibit minors from purchasing vapor products (e-cigarettes).  CASAA supports Senate Bill
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: June 23, 2014, 2:55 pm
Last updated 6/25/14   UPDATE 6/25/14:  SB 648 has been favorably amended in committee.  We were successful in getting the bill amended so that e-cigarettes are separately defined (and not defined as "cigarettes").  We will continue to monitor the progress of SB 648 to ensure that no unfavorable amendments are made, but for now, the Call to Action for SB 648 is on hold and CASAA
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 22, 2014, 1:51 pm
(last updated 6/25/2014) UPDATE 6/25/14: Assembly Bill 1080 (A1080) would fine vapers $250 to $1000 for using their e-cigarette anywhere on a beach or public park. This bill has passed the Assembly and must now move through the Senate. It is has passed the NJ General Assembly and is now in the Senate. Link to bill information.   CASAA has implemented a new CQ Roll Call campaign for New Jersey
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 18, 2014, 10:05 pm
Last month, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing to discuss e-cigarettes.  The only two presenters were Mitch Zeller (FDA) and Tim McAfee (CDC). Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 18th, 2014), the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will meet to discuss e-cigarettes and, once again, consumers have been excluded, as well as the small businesses that
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 17, 2014, 5:41 pm
On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.   On May 11, 2014, CASAA released the first of several Calls to Action anticipated in CASAA's Action Plan.   On May 21st, CASAA released the second Call to Action.   The First Call to Action is still active, so if you haven't yet participated, please do so now.  The Second Call to Action has
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 13, 2014, 10:57 pm
URGENT UPDATE 6-16-14:  On Wednesday June 18th at 2 PM, the San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee will hold a critical public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would senselessly ban the use of smoke-free e-cigarettes  everywhere that smoking is banned.  To stop this ordinance, please (1) attend and testify at the June 18th hearing in San Diego on the 12th
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 11, 2014, 9:35 pm
UPDATE 6/12/14:  HB 309 has passed the House and is now pending in the Senate Executive Committee.  It is imperative that Delaware vapers reach out NOW--contact your senator as well as members of the Senate Executive Committee (contact information below) and express  opposition to this bill. Talking points are included in this Call to Action.  Comma delimited email list:  patricia.blevins
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: June 2, 2014, 12:36 pm
UPDATE 6/25/14:  The Rhode Island Call to Action has been successfully concluded.  The 80% tax failed to pass, and HB 7021 was amended to eliminate the onerous restrictions on internet sales. UPDATE 6/4/14:   This is a good news/bad news update.  The bad news:  HB 7133 HB 7133 has been set for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on THURSDAY, June 5th, 2014.  HB 7133 includes, among
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 28, 2014, 2:46 am
UPDATE 5/27/14:  Part IIB of this Call to Action has been updated to ask that you use a DIFFERENT SUBJECT LINE in your email to OMB/OIRA.  If you have already submitted your email to OMB/OIRA, we are suggesting that in an over abundance of caution, you resend the email with the new subject line (see below Part IIB). On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 21, 2014, 3:22 pm
UPDATE 6-1-14:  The North Carolina Call to Action has been concluded.  Legislators in North Carolina regrettably decided to burden North Carolinians with a new tax.  Fortunately, the tax is relatively modest, but the precedent of any additional tax on these incredibly low-risk, potentially life-saving products is a step in the wrong direction. UPDATE 5-27-14:  The Senate Finance Committee is
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 16, 2014, 11:42 am
We need Missouri vapers to immediately contact Governor Jay Nixon’s office and ask him to sign Senate Bill 841.  After the Missouri Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 841, we need you to contact Governor Jay Nixon to encourage him to sign this important legislation that will (1) prohibit minors from purchasing vapor products (e-cigarettes) and (2) clarify that vapor products are
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 15, 2014, 2:52 pm
On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.  This is the first of several Calls to Action anticipated in CASAA's Action Plan.   (You will recall from the Action Plan that we are not going to publish our suggestions for substantive comments until a few weeks before the deadline, and we urge consumers to wait until then to offer
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 11, 2014, 6:46 pm
NOTE: To keep up on CASAA Calls to Action and other posts regarding the FDA, please click and bookmark this link: FDA Alerts and Calls to Action **** In April 2014, FDA released its proposed regulation attempting to exert regulatory authority over e-cigarettes as tobacco products. To better understand the import of these regulations, please see our summary of the what and why of the
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 8, 2014, 10:08 pm
UPDATE 5/10/14:  THIS CALL TO ACTION HAS BEEN CONCLUDED FAVORABLY, WITH THE E-CIGARETTE TAX BEING REMOVED FROM HB 884 BEFORE PASSAGE. UPDATE 5/6/14:  HB 884 is now pending before the Revenue Committee (joint committee with members of both the Vermont House and Senate).  Members of the Vermont House are strongly in favor of the tax, but both the Senate and Governor Peter Shumlin have stated
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 4, 2014, 8:47 pm
UPDATE 6-20-14: New York State vapers and harm reduction advocates can breath a brief, yet deserved, sigh of relief.  The 2014 legislative session has concluded for the year and no anti-vaping legislation has passed. Although this concludes the NY State Calls to Action (favorably), advocates should remain vigilant in the "off season".  Please continue to make connections with lawmakers (
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: May 3, 2014, 6:56 pm
Today the FDA finally released its long-awaited proposed rules on e-cigarettes. On its face, it appears that it is not as bad for consumers as it might have been, but there are still serious concerns. The FDA approval process is very complicated, and the details matter. Unlike some commentators, we are not prepared to say much more until we have a chance to examine them and consider them in
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: April 24, 2014, 3:53 pm

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