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[Update - 07.17.16] On Wednesday, July 13th, 2016, the Pennsylvania legislature chose to protect the state’s cigarette tax revenue stream by voting to pass HB 1198 -- the revenue half of Pennsylvania’s budget -- without removing a disastrous tax on vapor products. HB 1198 (now Act No. 84), Article 12-A requires retailers to pay an outrageous 40% tax on the purchase price of all
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: July 17, 2016, 6:00 am
Update - 05.24.16 SB 3011 is scheduled for a hearing on: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 9:00 AM Consumer Protection Committee Committee Please take action NOW by filling out a “witness slip” to express opposition to this bill. Instructions: Section 1 (Identification):     Enter your information Section 2 (Representation):     Not Applicable Section 3 (Position):         Click “
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 24, 2016, 5:30 pm
HB 4001, which would enact a 75% wholesale tax on vapor products, has been scheduled for its first hearing in the House Finance Committee: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 8:30 AM Bill Ray Center 208 (Teleconferenced) Public testimony will be taken. However, a time limit may be set. This hearing will be via teleconference in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, and the teleconference
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 24, 2016, 4:45 pm
Updated - 05.18.16 CASAA is urging our members to support both HR 2058 and the Cole-Bishop amendment. We have updated our engagement to reflect this support. Take Action - Send a Message Currently, there are two pieces of legislation in Congress that would effectively change the predicate date for products deemed to be tobacco by the FDA. In January, CASAA updated our Call to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 18, 2016, 2:16 pm
The 30¢ per milliliter tax is back. Specifically, Article 7, Sections 5-13 are still in HF 848 and the bill has been assigned to the 2016 House Tax Conference Committee If adopted, this amendment would: Enact a 30¢ per milliliter tax on e-liquid Include devices and hardware in the state’s definition of “tobacco products.” Please take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 17, 2016, 1:55 pm
A bill -- S 298 -- which would ban the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco, clove, and menthol, is on the move in New Jersey. A hearing will be held on: Monday, May 16th, 2016 1:00 PM Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Committee Room 1, 1st Floor State House Annex, Trenton, NJ Vapers will be rallying outside the New Jersey State House from
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 11, 2016, 11:30 am
Today, May 5th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the final rule on docket FDA-2014-N-0189 / RIN 0910-AG38 (otherwise known as the Deeming Rule). It is important for our members to understand what happens next. The FDA has placed the rule in the Federal Register "Public Inspection File" pending publication in the Federal Register. This is everyone's first chance
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 5, 2016, 1:38 pm
SB 7737 would raise the minimum legal purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years old. This bill has been scheduled for a hearing on: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 At the rise of the House (typically 4:00 - 4:30 PM) House Committee on Finance Room 35 - State House If passed into law, SB 7737 would deny thousands of adults in Rhode Island legal access to vapor and other
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: May 2, 2016, 5:47 pm
S.2234 would make multiple changes to Massachusetts law that would dramatically impact adult access to and use of vapor products such as: Ban vaping in the same places where smoking is currently prohibited. Prohibit sales of vapor products in pharmacies or any establishment that contains a pharmacy. Raise the minimum purchase age for ALL tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. (
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 25, 2016, 7:10 pm
Update - 04.22.16 After an unusual 43 days, SBX2-5 has finally made it to Governor Brown’s desk. The governor has 12 days to sign or veto the bill. It is VITAL that California vapor consumers and their friends Call The Governor NOW and urge him to veto this bill. Call Governor Brown TODAY: 916.445.2841 Urge Governor Brown to Veto SBX2-5. Regulating low-risk, smoke-free
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 22, 2016, 2:30 pm
Update - 04.19.16 This afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee voted 31(Y) / 19(N) to accept an amendment* introduced by Representative Tom Cole (OK-4 [R]) -- which would, among other things, change the predicate date for products to be deemed as tobacco by the FDA -- to the Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill. The full text of this amendment is available here.
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 18, 2016, 4:01 pm
Update - 04.10.16 S 2293 is the senate companion bill to H 7664. Both bills would prohibit vaping in all enclosed public places in Rhode Island -- with no exemption for vapor shops. S 2293 is scheduled for a hearing on: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 At “Rise of the Senate” (typically 4:30 PM or later) Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Senate Lounge - State House Please make
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 11, 2016, 12:00 pm
Senate Amendment 3547, which would prohibit airline passengers from bringing “electronic smoking devices” on planes in their carry-on and checked baggage, will possibly be considered as early as next week (week of April, 11th, 2016). The primary sponsor of SA 3547 is Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who is an outspoken opponent to e-cigarettes. He has earned a reputation for promoting
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 9, 2016, 2:47 pm
Update - 04.01.16 On Wednesday, March 27th, the House passed H.879. The bill now moves on to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration. Some very important points were revealed in recent media coverage on this bill. Some Vermont lawmakers have been led to believe that the vapor industry is controlled by “big tobacco.” Some lawmakers do not believe that e-cigarettes can be
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: April 1, 2016, 4:00 pm
Public comment on HB 328 (the companion to SB 1), which would prohibit vaping in the same places where smoking is banned, will be continued on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 3:00 PM Capitol 106 (Teleconferenced) Public testimony will be taken. However, a time limit may be set. This hearing will be via teleconference in the House Health and Social Services Committee. The
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 23, 2016, 5:36 pm
Update - 03.17.16 URGENT ACTION NEEDED! TODAY at 3:30 PM The House Taxation Committee will be considering an amendment to delay the e-cigarette tax! This would push the effective date for the tax back to July of 2017! It is VITAL that you reach out to members of the committee right NOW and urge them to support this amendment! Your call will only take a minute or two but will have a
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 17, 2016, 5:36 pm
Update - 03.12.16 Three bills that affect your access to vapor products are scheduled to be heard in committee on: Monday, March 14th, 2016 2:15 PM House Committee on Health (HLT) House conference room 329 State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street Please make plans to attend this hearing! Please take action NOW to oppose ALL THREE of these bills by sending emails to members
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 13, 2016, 9:30 pm
SB 2284, which would subject e-cigarettes to the state’s 80% tax on other tobacco products, has been scheduled for a hearing: Thursday, March 10th, 2016 2:00 PM Senate Committee on Finance Room 211 - State House Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people engaged in this issue. Please
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:01 pm
Update - 03.07.16 H.171 is still on the move in the House and is scheduled for hearings in committee starting Wednesday morning. These are not public hearings, but still an opportunity for you to reach out to lawmakers and urge them to oppose this bill. If you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services. Update -
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 7, 2016, 5:00 pm
Update - 03.02.16 SB 420 has advanced to the West Virginia House and is likely to have a hearing in the House Finance Committee tomorrow, March 3rd, 2016. Please take a few minutes today to call and email members of the committee urging them to oppose SB 420 and any extra taxes on vapor products. Take Action - Send a Message If you can only make one or two calls, please call the Majority
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 2, 2016, 6:58 pm
Update - 03.02.16 HB 333, which would enact an 86% wholesale tax on vapor products, has been scheduled for a hearing on: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 8:00 AM House Revenue and Taxation Committee Rm. 445 State Capitol Please make plans to attend this hearing! Slots for speaking will likely be limited to a few, but your presence is important. Even if you don’t get the opportunity to speak,
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 2, 2016, 4:00 pm
Update - 03.01.16 HB 304, which would enact a 100% excise tax on vapor products, has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 3:15 PM Barnes 124 (Teleconferenced) Public testimony will be taken. However, a time limit may be set. This hearing will be via teleconference in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, and the
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: March 1, 2016, 11:00 pm
SB 290, which would prohibit the sale of vapor products to anyone under the age of 21*, is scheduled for a hearing on: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 10:00 AM Joint Committee on Public Health, Rm 1D Please take a moment now and send a message to your lawmakers urging them to oppose this bill. Your email will also be copied to the committee to be submitted as testimony on this bill. Take
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 29, 2016, 2:00 am
Update - 02.27.16 HB 157 will be heard again in committee on Monday, February 29th, 2016. However, at this time, it is being recommended that making phone calls and sending emails is the preferred way to express opposition to this bill rather than attending the hearing. Oppose Tobacco 21 in Utah - Take Action We have provided contact information for the committee members and talking
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 27, 2016, 5:30 pm
A bill -- HB 861 -- has been introduced in Maryland that would tax vapor product devices the same as traditional “cigarettes.” The bill would also senselessly prohibit vaping in the same places where smoking is banned. The tax rate proposed under this bill is unclear, and while the bill’s author has decided to redefine “cigarette” to include “electronic smoking devices,” the bill fails to
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: February 23, 2016, 4:19 pm

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