The deadline for commenting on an FDA rule regarding product standards for smokeless tobacco (ST) is Monday, July 10th, 2017.
By way of background, the FDA published a rule for public comment on January 23, 2017 regarding a proposed standard for N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) levels in ST products. The proposed limit for NNN concentration would be 1ppm of dry weight. Although some products do
Posted: July 7, 2017, 2:04 am
(Update - 05.20.17)
CASAA has received word that the flavor ban ordinance will be on the calendar for
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee
For the May 24th meeting, this ordinance (170441) is on the agenda under the “30 day rule” section. This means that the legislation will not be considered and no action will be taken at this meeting.
Posted: May 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
Earlier in March, CASAA, AVA, SFATA, and VTA sent a joint letter to House leaders urging them to support HR 1136, which would modernize the 2007 predicate date for vapor products newly deemed to be tobacco by the FDA. In keeping with the spirit of cooperation, we are working together again to generate messages to HHS Secretary Tom Price with the engagement below. If you own or manage a vapor
Posted: March 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will be considering an ordinance that would, among other things*, prohibit the use of vapor products inside vapor retail establishments unless they purchase and install unnecessary and expensive filtration systems.
A public hearing has been scheduled for
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Forsyth County Administration Building (Suite 220)
Posted: November 27, 2016, 7:28 pm
The Philadelphia Board of Health has “provisionally approved” a regulation regarding tobacco retailing within the city. This regulation would limit the number of “tobacco retailer” licenses to 1 per 1000 residents in a district. The city’s definition of “tobacco retailer” includes vapor shops. Approval of this regulation will effectively impose a moratorium on new vapor shops opening in over 3/
Posted: October 17, 2016, 5:28 am
An ordinance that would prohibit vaping in the same places where smoking is currently banned has been approved by the Itasca County Board of Health. This ordinance is moving to a work session with the Board of Commissioners. The work session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.
This work session is for the purpose of moving this ordinance to a public hearing. CASAA will update this
Posted: October 16, 2016, 4:54 am
In response to the damage already done in Pennsylvania, Representative Jeff Wheeland is introducing HB 2342, which will replace the 40% wholesale tax on all vapor products with a 5¢/ml tax on e-liquid.
Pennsylvania’s 40% wholesale tax on vapor products is completely unworkable. Dozens of shops have already closed in advance of the effective date because they are unable to afford paying 40%
Posted: September 19, 2016, 4:32 pm
[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.
Take action and tell your PA legislators that this tax
is bad for Pennsylvania and disastrous for public health.
Posted: July 17, 2016, 6:00 am
Update - 05.24.16
SB 3011 is scheduled for a hearing on:
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Consumer Protection Committee Committee
Please take action NOW by filling out a “witness slip” to express opposition to this bill.
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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
Bill Ray Center 208
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. (
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
House Committee on Health (HLT)
House conference room 329
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
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
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
Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:01 pm