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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm
Fourth Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations
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
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.
NOTE: After reading the instructions below, please go here to submit your comment to
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted: May 11, 2014, 6:46 pm