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Alaska Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) has again introduced a bill (SB 1) that would ban vaping by including it within Alaska’s definition of “smoking.” This provision is tucked inside a larger bill that would significantly expand Alaska’s existing statewide smoking restrictions. If this bill passes, bars, restaurants and workplaces throughout Alaska will no longer be able to decide for
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 22, 2015, 4:30 pm
(Updated 1/27/2015) (Updated 1/21/2015) Indiana Senator Brandt Hershman has introduced a bill (SB 384) that would impose a tax on nicotine contained in e-cigarette liquid.  Although the tax rate, $0.0083 per mg of nicotine, may seem modest, the imposition of any taxes on vapor products beyond state sales tax sends the dangerous and false message to smokers that use of these products is risky
Author: Alex Clark
Posted: January 13, 2015, 4:32 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
UPDATE 1/7/15:  Madison City Council voted to include e-cigarettes in Madison's smoking ban, although an exemption is provided that continues to allow sales and sampling in shops. This Call to Action will be updated as we receive more information about upcoming meetings and public hearings. UPDATE 12/11/2014 The Board of Health is recomending the ordinance to the city council. The Board of
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: November 21, 2014, 6:16 pm
UPDATE 11/8/14:  14-0371 Electronic Smoking Devices: A second hearing was held this week on Wednesday, 11/5.  It is our understanding that an amendment to the bill has been submitted and recommended favorably by the committee that would allow the use of electronic cigarettes in dedicated vapor retail shops.  The proposed amendment also stipulates that restaurants and bars would be able to
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: November 9, 2014, 12:00 am
By now, every vaper in SE Pennsylvania should know about Philadelphia Councilwoman Brown’s proposal to impose a burdensome tax on vapor products. The proposal is being presented as a necessary measure to partially shore up an astonishing gap in the city’s budget for public schools. (Apparently, this is a new twist on “Think of the children.”) Brown’s proposal, if passed, would mean a $2.00
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: October 31, 2014, 2:09 pm
On October 7, 2014, Councilman Constantinides introduced an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and flavored e-liquids in the five boroughs. As is often the case, flavor bans like this are poorly researched and fail to account for the fact that practically ALL e-liquid is “flavored”. Furthermore, this ordinance fails to carve out an exemption for dedicated vapor shops,
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: October 8, 2014, 2:46 am
Today, September 18, 2014, is World Vaping Day. We can think of no better way of celebrating World Vaping Day than by sharing our success stories with the World Health Organization (WHO).    WHO is, to put it mildly, anti e-cigarette and has called for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including a ban on e-cigarette use in public places. It sees e-cigarettes as challenging the core message of
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: September 18, 2014, 3:26 pm
UPDATE:  9/11/14:  Missouri Call to Action successfully concluded.  Thanks to the hard work of Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE), both the Missouri Senate and House have voted to override Governor Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 841. Missouri now joins the majority of states which ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors.  ************* Last month, Missouri's Governor Nixon
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: September 5, 2014, 5:34 am
9/19/14 URGENT Update:  SB 1018 is no longer on the agenda for Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  We will continue to update this Call to Action as more information becomes available.  The bill is still in play, and vapers still need to participate in the Michigan Call to Action, especially the CQ Roll Call campaign. 9/18/14  Update:   SB 1018 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Finance
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
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
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 as of 9/11/2014) Update 9-11-14: Vetoed. Successfully concluded. 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
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

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