Calls To Action Roundup - UPDATED 3/4/16 -URGENT California New CTA

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  1. sonicdsl

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    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.

    If you have any additions or suggestions, please contact me via PM.
     
  2. Robino1

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    AB 768 (the Tobacco Free Baseball Act), introduced by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond and co-sponsored by Senator Mark Leno, would include “an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other substances...“ in its definition of “tobacco products.” While, on the surface, prohibiting athletes from using a personal vaporizer on the field or on the bench might seem superfluous and even silly, the larger issue here is the tobacco product definition. Defining vapor products as “tobacco products” anywhere in California’s statutes will likely expose these products to taxes and other inappropriate tobacco regulations.


    AB 768 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, & Internet Media on Tuesday, April 7th, at 9:00 AM.

    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Please take a moment now to call members of the committee urging them to oppose this bill.
    For sending emails to committee members, please see contact information below
    Committee on
    ARTS, ENTERNMENT, SPORTS,
    TOURISM, AND INTERNET MEDIA
    m. Member
    Phone
    Email Contact Form

    Marc Levine
    (916) 319-2010
    Send an Email

    Kansen Chu
    (916) 319-2025
    Send an Email

    Jay Obernolte
    (916) 319-2033
    Send an Email

    Adrin Nazarian
    (916) 319-2046
    Send an Email

    Ian C. Calderon
    (916) 319-2057
    Send an Email

    Jose Medina
    (916) 319-2061
    Send an Email

    David Hadley
    (916) 319-2066
    Send an Email

    SB 140, introduced by Senator Mark Leno, would deceptively alter the state’s definition of “tobacco product” to include vapor products -- which includes devices and component parts -- and apply this new definition to various other parts of the state’s code. A very intended consequence of this would be to ban vaping in the same places that smoking is currently prohibited.

    SB 24, introduced by Senator Jerry Hill, would require vapor retailers not already licensed as tobacco retailers to acquire a tobacco retail license. Although SB 24 would prohibit sales to minors statewide, the tobacco retail license requirement is neither the most effective way to enforce age restrictions nor appropriate for this product category. Moreover, the bill would require “childproof” packaging for prefilled cartridges and bottled liquids -- a standard which is unattainable for any consumer product. (CASAA supports child-resistant packaging rules tied to a federal standard as both reasonable for industry and good for consumers.)

    Please take a moment NOW to send emails to the committee urging them to oppose these bills.

    Both SB 24 and SB 140 are scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

    State Capitol, Room 2191
    Sacramento, CA 95814


    Please make plans to attend this hearing. For talking points to use in developing your comments to the committee on SB 140, please see here. Even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is important as it demonstrates the many people affected by and engaged in this issue. (As a sign of respect, we ask that you refrain from vaping in the building.)


    Please share this post on your Facebook wall and in groups.


    Please see NorCal SFATA’s calls to action for AB 768, SB 24, and SB 140 for additional updates, talking points, and analysis.
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    UPDATE

    SB 140 will be heard in the Committee on Governmental Organization on Wednesday, July 8th at 1:30 PM.

    Oppose SB 140 - Send an Email

    Please take action now by sending a fully-editable, pre-written email to members of the committee. Please note: if you are not a resident of a district represented by a member of the committee you will be sending a message your assembly member only.

    If passed, SB 140 would, among other things:
    • Define vapor products as “tobacco products”
    • Prohibit vaping where smoking is currently banned
    • Prohibit vaping in vapor shops
    • Prohibit vaping in some private residences, group homes, and transitional housing
    For those living in districts not represented by a member of the Governmental Organization Committee, please take a moment to contact the committee to politely express your opposition to SB 140 - Welcome to the Committee on Governmental Organization | Committee on Governmental Organization

    For updates and other opportunities to take action, please follow NorCal SFATA.

    Call to Action on SB140: CASAA: California Call to Action! Oppose SB 140.

    ECF Discussion on SB140: California Call to Action! Oppose SB 140 | E-Cigarette Forum

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    URGENT UPDATE 9/1/2015

    Time to get busy if you live in California! "Special Session" bills threaten consumer access, choice, and use of smoke-free vapor products.

    CASAA: California "special session" bills threaten consumer access, choice, and use of smoke-free vapor products.

    Please go to the CASAA link as it shows the bills that are introduced and what you can do.

    ECF Discussion: CALIFORNIA VAPERS: Things are getting ugly... | Page 35 | E-Cigarette Forum



    Previous Call to Action on California
    Call to Action
    : CASAA: California Call to Action! Multiple bills threaten adult use of and access to vapor products



    (Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided. If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
    (Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters. At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.
     
  3. Robino1

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    The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being decimated by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process.

    While CASAA maintains the position that a separate regulatory scheme should be developed for vapor products*, we are proud to support HR 2058.

    We are asking consumers to express strong support for HR 2058 and urge your representatives to co-sponsor this bill.


    We are also asking members who are not residents in Representative Cole’s district to send a written letter by traditional means. You can print out our pre-written letter here. We have provided the mailing address to his Washington, DC office below. As usual, you are encouraged to write your own letter adding your personal story, but feel free to copy ours.

    Rep. Tom Cole
    2467 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Phone: (202) 225-6165
    Fax: (202) 225-3512


    Additionally, residents in Kentucky, North Carolina, California, and Florida living in a district represented by one of the sponsors of H.R. 2058 will be receiving a separate email that links to a message tailored to offering support for the effort of their congressmen.

    (Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided. If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
    (Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters. At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.
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    *Although CASAA feels that moving the grandfather date to a point in time that will protect consumer access to the current variety of vapor products on the market is a step in the right direction, this is by no means an ideal solution. Consumers should keep in mind that if this Act is adopted by Congress, innovations in safety, quality, and variety of devices and liquids essentially will be frozen at the time the FDA deeming regulation is finalized. Moreover, this change in the grandfather date will not exempt manufacturers from registering their products with the FDA, a process that will still remove a large number of vapor products from the market. CASAA maintains the position that a separate regulatory scheme should be developed for this product category.

    Call to Action: CASAA: Call to Action! Support HR 2058 which would change the grandfather date for vapor products

    ECF Discussion: Call to Action! Support HR 2058 which would change the grandfather date for vapor products | E-Cigarette Forum
     
  4. Robino1

    Robino1 ECF Moderator
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    Call the Governor's office NOW to Stop SBX2-5 from decimating your access to vapor products!


    Call the Governor NOW at: 916.445.2841
    The phone calls are encouraged for all vapers to do. We do buy things from California and if California gets away with this, you know it will follow into other states.

    This bill will move quickly through the senate and MUST BE STOPPED!


    Please also send an email to your senator (for those that live in California) and follow up with a phone call.

    Call to Action: CA - Call the Governor's office NOW to Stop SBX2-5 from decimating your access to vapor products!

    ECF Discussion: Tobacco laws: California Assembly votes to raise smoking age, regulate e-cigarettes
     
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