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    Exclamation Calls To Action Roundup - UPDATED 3/28/2015 - NEW Update for Arkansas; Update for Delaware; Update for Oregon added

    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

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    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

    ECF Discussion: NYC Ban on flavored ecigs
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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

    ECF Discussion:

    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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    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.
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    UPDATE

    A hearing on SB 539 (unreasonable licensing regulations) in the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee is scheduled for this THURSDAY, the 29th, at 9:00 AM in Room 233 of the Indiana State Capitol Building (115 West Washington St in Indianapolis).

    Please take a moment to make a call to the Chair of the committee, Senator James Buck. You can reach his office at: 1-800-382-9467
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    UPDATE 3/3/15

    HB 1432 (companion to SB 539) will be heard in the Senate Public Policy Committee WEDNESDAY, 3/4/15, at 1:00 PM in Room 431. Click here for the agenda.

    Hoosier Vapers is calling for Indiana vapers to gather at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday, 3/4/15, at 11:45 eastern (in the rotunda, just past security check).
    For details and for the most up-to-date information, check out Hoosier Vapers on Facebook.

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    NEW URGENT UPDATE -

    CASAA has updated the Indiana Call to Action (3/19/15):

    SB 539 and HB 1432 are moving toward floor votes and both bills are still written to gut the vapor industry in Indiana. To complicate matters, the lobbyists that are pushing these bills are attempting to convince legislators that they have “compromised” with both consumers and the Indiana e-liquid industry. This is not true.

    Please take a moment to call your senator and representatives and let them know that they should NOT support either of these bills.

    Oppose SB 539 & HB 1432 - Make a Call

    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 Update 3/23/15

    CASAA Updated Call to Action 03.23.15


    HB 1432 (same as SB 539) is still moving toward a vote on the Senate floor and the bill is still written to gut the vapor industry in Indiana. Even if you have previously taken action on this issue, please take a moment to send an email and call your Indiana State Senator again and let them know that you want them to Oppose HB 1432.






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    UPDATE! 3/24/15

    Indiana Vapers,
    Your presence is requested!
    The biggest threat to e-liquid access is happening in your state
    and we need your help!

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    This Thursday, March 26 at 1:30 PM, vapers and small business owners from across the state will participate in a rally outside the State House in Indianapolis. We need to send a strong signal to the Indiana Legislature that HB 1432 and SB 539 are anti-consumer and will harm public health.

    Can't make it to the State House? Even if you've already made a phone call on the matter, we need you to call your Indiana State Senator one more time. They need to know that they have passionate (but respectful) constituents that truly care about how they vote on this issue.


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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.


    Take Action to oppose both of these bills: Send an email

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

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

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    Alaska SB 1 being heard in committee on March 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. and HB 40 being heard March 10, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Not allowing testimony from what we can see, but writing letters is always important. Alaska has public opinion message system, which allows you to send messages of 50 words or less. Also, can participate in hearings via teleconference system
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    URGENT - Oregon Call to Action

    Oregon’s legislative session begins on Monday, February 2nd, and already a handful of damaging e-cigarette related bills have been pre-filed. This year, Oregon vapers are facing flavor bans, taxes, use bans, packaging restrictions, and the introduction of a new and exciting derogatory term (“Inhalant Delivery System”) used to define the vapor product category. CASAA is anticipating updating this call to action several times.

    HB 2546 has been scheduled for a hearing on Monday, February 9th, 1:00 pm
    at the Oregon State Capitol (900 Court Street NE, Room 453, Salem, Oregon 97301)
    . Please plan to attend this hearing.

    Although CASAA generally supports banning sales to minors, HB 2546 would include provisions that ban indoor use in public places (which includes privately-owned businesses) as well as in personal vehicles where a minor is present. Please take action now to oppose this bill.

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    Call to Action: CASAA: Oregon Call to Action: Multiple bills threaten access, awareness, and availability of vapor products
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    UPDATE 3/6/15:

    Heads up, Oregon . . . we've updated the CASAA Call to Action--

    Oregon Senate Bill 190 would enact an online sales ban for electronic cigarettes as well as smokeless tobacco. Although we tend to take it for granted that vapor retail shops are easy to find and increasingly accessible, access to combustible cigarettes is still greater. There are thousands of consumers that depend on having products delivered to their door so they can continue to live smoke-free.

    SB 190 has been set for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, 3/9/15, at 8:30 A.M., 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301, Room HR 343. We encourage vapers and tobacco harm reduction advocates to attend the hearing.

    Oppose SB 190 - Send an Email

    If you are submitting written testimony:
    Bring 10 copies with you to the hearing
    Email your testimony to mike.reiley@state.or.us.

    As a sign of respect, CASAA asks that you refrain from vaping in the building.

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    UPDATE - SB 415 and HB 2546 are scheduled for a public hearing on MONDAY, March 23rd, at 3:00 PM in the Senate Committee on Health in Hearing Room (HR) A of the State Legislature in Salem. Please make plans to attend this hearing. (As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the building.)

    Please take actionNOW by sending emails to the committee and your state senator.

    Oppose SB 415 & HB 2546 - Send an Email

    SB 415 would ban the sales of e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol. The bill also specifies that the Oregon Health Authority may impose fines of up to $5000 for each violation. Furthermore, like other anti-vapor bills in Oregon, HB 415 refers to vapor products as “Inhalant Delivery Systems”, a derogatory and intentionally misleading term.

    HB 2546 would include vaping in the state’s indoor clean air act. This bill has already passed the House. This bill is so extreme that it does not even include an exemption for vape shops.


    Call to Action: CASAA: Oregon Call to Action (URGENT): Take Action NOW to oppose 2 bills that would SEVERELY limit access to and use of vapor products!

    ECF Discussion: Oregon Call to Action - Multiple bills threaten access, awareness, and availability of vapor products
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    URGENT
    - We updated the Oregon Call to Action today (3-28-15):


    SB 415 (ban on sales of flavored e-liquid) is scheduled for a work session and will likely move to a vote in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Monday, March 30th at 3:00PM. Although an amendment has been introduced that would remove the prohibition on flavored e-liquid SB 415 would still prohibit the sale of other flavored low-risk, smoke-free products AND this bill lays the foundation for future prohibition of flavored vapor products. Please take a moment to send an email to the committee and your state senator urging them to reject SB 415.




    HB 2546 (indoor use ban) remains unamended. We have updated our call to action to include an email worded in opposition to this bill specifically. Please take a moment now to send it to members of the committee and your state senator.







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    URGENT - Virginia House Bill 2036 is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, February 2nd at 4:00 p.m., 7th Floor West Conference Room in the House Agriculture Sub-Committee. HB 2036 would require all “liquid nicotine” sold in Virginia to be contained in Child-Resistant Packaging (CRP) as well as require specific warning labels. These regulations are to be developed by the Board of Agriculture.


    Although CASAA is generally supportive of CRP, they strongly recommend that this regulation be implemented at the national level or, at the very least, be developed in a manner that is consistent with existing federal law (e.g. the Poison Prevention Packaging Act). Labeling requirements, like CRP, are best implemented at the national level in order to prevent a patchwork of state regulation that creates barriers to interstate trade and limits adult access to the variety of vapor products.


    Please take action now to oppose this bill





    Call to Action: CASAA: Virginia Call to Action: Oppose HB 2036 - A Labeling and Packaging law that would impact consumer choice

    ECF Discussion: Call to Action - Virginia: Oppose HB 2036
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    URGENT - North Dakota Call to Action: Two bills, HB 1421 and SB 2322, have been introduced into the North Dakota Legislature that would raise the tax on "other tobacco products" (OTP) to a punitive 43.5% and 50% on wholesale, respectively. There is some ambiguity as to whether e-cigarettes are included in these bills by altering the state's definition of OTP to include "any product which is made up or composed of tobacco, in whole or in part", however, CASAA expects amendments will be offered to ensure that e-cigarettes are indeed included. The issue was debated in the Assembly this past week in relation to another tax-related bill.

    It is likely that amendments will be offered to specifically tax vapor products. We need to fight the bills themselves which nearly double the tax on low-risk, smoke-free OTP products like snus.

    HB 1421 will be heard in the House Finance & Taxation Committee on Tuesday, Feb 2nd.

    SB 2322 will be heard in the Senate Finance & Taxation Committee on Wednesday, Feb 3rd

    Take action:

    Oppose HB 1421 Send an Email

    Oppose SB 2322 Send and Email

    Call to Action: CASAA: North Dakota Call to Action: Two bills threaten to hike wholesale taxes on OTP and impose taxes on E-cigarettes.

    ECF Discussion: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/for...l#post15162650


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    UPDATE: We have received word that SB 2322 -- a 50% tax on OTP that has been expanded to include e-cigarette devices and liquid -- has likely been scheduled for a hearing on MONDAY, 2/16/15 in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Even if this bill fails in the committee, it will still advance to the full senate. The House “companion bill” (HB1421) could be heard on the floor of the House this coming Wednesday as well.

    Please take action now to oppose these bills! It is crucial that North Dakota advocates make phone calls and send emails to their senators.




    If you plan to attend the hearings, please see here for tips on testifying in ND Committee hearings.
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