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    Exclamation Calls To Action Roundup - UPDATED 1/22/2015

    In this thread you will find links to current CASAA Calls to Action, and other links to Legislative News threads or other information pertaining to the CTA.

    If the CTA expires or is updated, the post will also be updated.

    This is an information, closed thread only.

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    URGENT - New York City is Considering Banning the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids

    From CASAA:

    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, allowing sales by tobacco bars only.

    In short, this would mean the end of vapor sales in New York City as we know it. The ordinance has been referred to the Committee on Health, and it is possible (if not likely) that this proposed ordinance will be heard in committee on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Tri-State area advocates are strongly encouraged to plan to attend.

    Call to Action: CASAA: Call to Action: New York City is Considering Banning the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids

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    National Call to Action: Urge lawmakers to change the TCA Grandfather Date

    This is a 2 part CTA

    1st: Send an email to your federal representative and senator asking them to reconsider the grandfather date established in the Tobacco Control Act.

    In the CASAA blog, they have made it easy for you to do this just follow the link in the Blog.

    2nd: Add your name to CASAA's "Thank you" letter for Boehner, McCarthy and Upton. http://cqrcengage.com/casaa/app/sign...gementId=71484




    Call to Action: http://blog.casaa.org/2014/12/call-t...lators-to.html

    ECF Discussion in the CASAA Forum: Call to Action: Ask Your Legislators to Support a Change to the Tobacco Control Act

    ECF Discussion in the FDA Regulations Forum: Boehner asks FDA to move Grandfathering date to April 2014 or time of final rule
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    URGENT: CTA: Montana SB66 to include e-cigarettes in the state's definition of "tobacco products".

    Although this bill seeks to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the wording of the bill carelessly and inappropriately confuses low-risk smoke-free e-cigarettes with traditional cigarettes by referring to these products as "electronic smoking devices".

    This could have far-reaching negative consequences and would set terrible precedent for future legislation.

    A hearing on SB 66 will be held before the Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee on Monday, January 19th at 8:00 AM in Room 422 of the Capitol Building at 1301 East 6th Avenue in Helena, MT 59601.


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    CASAA: Montana Call to Action! SB 66 Would Redefine E-Cigarettes as "Tobacco Products"

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    CASAA Call to Action issued for Montana
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    URGENT: New York State has multiple bills that intend to severely impact the electronic cigarette industry by subjecting 'e-cigarette cartridges' to a 75% wholesale tax and completely ban the sale of refill liquids.

    Assembly Bill 296 & Senate Bill 722 would redefine a taxed “tobacco product” to include “e-cigarette cartridges,” subjecting them to New York State’s 75% wholesale tax on “tobacco products.”

    This is likely due to the introduction, yet again, of a bill (AB 635) to prohibit the sale of all bottled refill liquids. While there is an exemption provided for instate manufacturers that may allow liquid manufacturers in New York to continue doing business, vapers in New York State would still be unable to buy e-liquid products from retailers within the state. An almost identical bill made its way through an Assembly committee last year.

    CASAA Call to Action:

    CASAA: New York Call To Action: NY State Bills threaten consumer choice and subject e-cigarettes to tobacco taxes

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    New York Call To Action: NY State Bills threaten consumer choice and subject e-cigarettes to tobacco taxes

    Additional legislation may be proposed. Please watch for additional updates to this Call to Action.

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    UPDATE:

    As warned New bills are being introduced: CASAA: New York Call To Action: NY State Bills threaten consumer choice and subject e-cigarettes to tobacco taxes

    AB 1496 has been introduced by Assemblywoman Rosenthal. It would ban indoor and some outdoor vaping.
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    URGENT: Montgomery Co., Maryland - Indoor Use Ban

    A hearing is scheduled for January 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM for Bill 56-14. *If you plan to testify, you must sign up by 10:00 AM on the 22nd. The location is Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850.

    If enacted, this bill would:

    Prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in most public places (vape shops are exempted)

    • In general, and given the lack of evidence that would suggest e-cigarette use may be harmful to bystanders, CASAA feels that business owners should have the right to set their own “vaping policy.” **Please see the talking points below.


    Require child-resistant packaging of liquid nicotine containers:

    • Although CASAA is generally supportive of child-resistant packaging, this issue would be more appropriate for federal lawmakers. Enacting packaging laws at the county level, let alone at the state level, presents a potential hurdle for interstate commerce and may impact consumer choice. If Montgomery Co. Council must pursue this measure, it should clearly be in line with federal standards.


    Prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes by minors

    • It should be noted that legislation (SB 7) has been introduced at the state level to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors. CASAA supports prohibiting sales to minors.



    This bill can be salvaged. Maryland residents have already defeated similar indoor use bans at the State level in both 2010 and 2014 (bills died in committee), as well as at the municipal levels in Prince Georges County in 2013 (in the form of tabling the bill) and in Baltimore City in 2014 (in the form of a compromise).

    Send an email: (see link here: CASAA Call to Action: Montgomery Co., Maryland - Indoor Use Ban )

    Please call and leave voicemails for Council members: Phone numbers

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    Call to Action: CASAA: CASAA Call to Action: Montgomery Co., Maryland - Indoor Use Ban

    ECF Discussion: CASAA Call to Action: Montgomery Co., Maryland - Indoor Use Ban
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    URGENT - UPDATED: Indiana is introducing two bills. One will be to impose a tax on nicotine contained in e-liquid and the other to define 'smoking' to include 'inhalation or exhalation of vapors from an electronic cigarette'.


    1) Indiana Senator Brandt Hershman has introduced a bill (SB 384) Indiana General Assembly, 2015 Session 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 or harmful. Adoption of this bill will also set a dangerous precedent, as it is always easier for politicians to raise a preexisting tax than it is to pass a new tax.

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    2) Representative Clyde Kersey has introduced a bill (HB1169):Indiana General Assembly, 2015 Session that alters the state’s definition of “smoking” to include “...inhalation or exhalation of vapors from an electronic cigarette.” Despite the long list of exemptions to Indiana’s smoking law, HB 1169 does not amend any of them to account for independent vapor retailers. Regardless of any language along these lines that may develop, CASAA opposes this bill on the grounds that defining “vaping” as “smoking” is a deliberate misrepresentation that harms public awareness of the benefits these products offer to adult smokers.

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    UPDATE: NEW BILLS INTRODUCED

    Two identical bills, SB 539 and HB 1432, have been introduced in the Indiana Legislature that threaten to overregulate the manufacturing of e-liquid products. These bills would prohibit the sale of any e-liquid product -- including those manufactured outside the state -- unless it is produced by a company that has procured a manufacturer’s license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ACT). Not only does this license cost $5,000, but the conditions that must be met to receive the license are unrealistic and present a substantial barrier for small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Indiana. Ultimately, these bills will severely limit consumer access to the variety of e-liquid manufactured outside the state and potentially shut down retailers and manufacturers in Indiana.

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    **CASAA is currently monitoring additional legislation in Indiana. A punitive and destructive 24% wholesale tax has been proposed. However, no bill has been introduced nor has draft language been made available. As soon as they have details we will issue an update to this Call to Action.

    CASAA is also aware of HB 1235, which is another attempt to prohibit indoor use, impose punitive taxes, and limit consumer access by not allowing businesses to sell tobacco (including e-cigarettes) if there is a pharmacy on the premises. CASAA's assessment is that the scope of this bill is so unreasonable (some provisions include allowing employers to discriminate against nicotine users) that it will not pose a credible threat. However, CASAA will continue to monitor HB 1235 and update this Call to Action should the need arise.

    Call to Action: CASAA: Indiana Call to Action: Multiple Indiana bills would threaten access to and use of e-cigarettes.

    ECF Discussion: Indiana Call to Action: Multiple Indiana bills would threaten access to and use of e-cigarettes.
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    URGENT Alaska two bills have been introduced that threaten to ban vaping wherever smoking is banned.

    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 themselves whether to allow or disallow vaping.

    ** SB 1 has been assigned to the Senate Health and Social Services Committee. At this time, no hearing has been scheduled. CASAA will update this Call to Action as they learn more.


    In the Alaska House, Representative Bob Herron (D-Bethel) has introduced a bill (HB 40) to add “using an e-cigarette” to Alaska’s definition of “smoking.” In contrast to SB 1, HB 40 would not expand Alaska’s existing smoking ban. It is not only wrong to define the use of a smoke-free product as “smoking,” but any future changes to Alaska’s smoking ban would automatically also include vaping.


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    Call to Action: CASAA: Alaska Call to Action: Two bills have been introduced that threaten to ban vaping wherever smoking is banned!

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