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U.S.A: PACT Act 2009

Discussion in 'Law and the E-Cigarette' started by AngeLsLuv, Sep 11, 2009.

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  1. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    CASAA - Wisconsin
    But, realistically, if a kid wouldn't be interested in smoking an analog, would they really be tempted by an e-cig?

    My 18 year old has no interest in analogs OR e-cigs. My 16 year old thinks the e-cig is cool, but says he'd only use the non-nicotine liquid, because it'd be stupid to start using nicotine when you can get the flavors without.

    And if a kid is going to smoke, wouldn't you, as a parent, rather they use an e-cig over starting analogs? At least the e-cig isn't as detremental to their overall health.

    People keep forgetting the "reduced harm" aspect of e-cigs.
     
  2. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    On this site, you can read the text of the bill. You can also leave a comment. Furthermore, there is a poll where you can vote For or Against. (Currently 4% For and 96% Against.)

    WashingtonWatch.com - S. 1147, The PACT Act
     
  3. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    So it is not the DEA, but rather the ATF that will be breaking down your door:

    SEC. 7. ENHANCED CONTRABAND TOBACCO ENFORCEMENT

    (a) Requirements- The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shall--

    (1) not later than the end of the 3-year period beginning on the effective date of this Act, create a regional contraband tobacco trafficking team in each of New York, New York, the District of Columbia, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, Seattle, Washington, and Miami, Florida;

    (2) create a Tobacco Intelligence Center to oversee investigations and monitor and coordinate ongoing investigations and to serve as the coordinator for all ongoing tobacco diversion investigations within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, in the United States and, where applicable, with law enforcement organizations around the world;

    (3) establish a covert national warehouse for undercover operations; and

    (4) create a computer database that will track and analyze information from retail sellers of tobacco products that sell through the Internet or by mail order or make other non-face-to-face sales.

    (b) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (a) $8,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.
     
  4. TropicalBob

    TropicalBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 13, 2008
    Port Charlotte, FL USA
    I posted a comment against the bill -- and voted in the poll. This poll vote is so lopsided that we actually have a chance of being heard. Ninety-six percent against the bill and four percent for it. Everyone on this forum needs to vote in that poll, if not leave a comment. I cannot imagine anyone but the Tax Collector favoring it.
     
  5. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    There is also a link on the page under "Take Action" that reads "Write your Representative in Congress". This routes you to a page where you can track down your Senators by selecting your State, select a Senator, and then go directly to the Web sites where you can email his/her office.
     
  6. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    Thank you for contacting my office regarding the PACT Act (S. 1147). I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

    As you may know, the PACT Act places regulations on the sale and delivery of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.? This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it is currently under review.

    As the Senate considers this legislation, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind.? I hope that you will continue to share your views with us in the years ahead.

    I would also invite you to visit my website at www.webb.senate.gov for regular updates about my activities and positions on matters that are important to Virginia and our nation.

    Thank you once again for contacting my office.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Webb
    United States Senator
     
  7. TropicalBob

    TropicalBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 13, 2008
    Port Charlotte, FL USA
    Well, that certainly was an exercise in futility, wasn't it? Form letter rhetoric ... all that's missing is the Web site where donations can be made to his re-election bid.

    Weasels are slippery creatures.
     
  8. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    Yes, Bob. And note that it takes his staff 24 days to compose a form-letter response. My email was sent on 10/2. Response received today.
     
  9. abhowe

    abhowe Moved On

    Sep 14, 2009
    E-Cigs are not tobaco products...... I saw my doctor and got a prescription for inhalation nicotine for medicinal purposes...... Medicines go through the mail everyday....... My e-cigs are the medical apparatus to which I receive my medication........ Just took care of that one...... Technically E-Cigs are nothing more than batteries or battery holders...... Don't see how they can make atomizers illegal...... I think people worry too much......
    No tobaco, no fire and no smoke...... Nicotine and caffine are cousins, make one illegal, got to make the other illegal too......
     
  10. Pumaman

    Pumaman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2009
    Don't stop writing because you get a form letter back. Aides collate info like this and give overviews of frequency to the respective Representative or Senator and the collective for or against. The more the better.
     
  11. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    Hmm... I should write back to thank him for listening.
     
  12. Pumaman

    Pumaman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2009
    Won't hurt. My wife was a Constituent case worker for a Congressman for 2 years. It also helps to tie your concern to their particular situation and party affiliation. For a Republican, especially very conservative ones, tying your concern to something like infringement on personal liberties will resonate more then, say, the potential costs of smoking for the "soon to be here" public option. For a Democrat, that will work better than complaining about intrusive big government. If you can connect it to something else they are fighting for, all the better.
     
  13. ladybug

    ladybug Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2009
    northern calif.
    lmao! I thought almost the same thing! Also I didn't understand the please tax me cuz I quit smoking,I would never agree to that kinda crap! I quit smoking because of the high sin tax! The government wants our money,now they want to tax soda and juice! It just gets crazier every day:)!
     
  14. Pumaman

    Pumaman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2009
    If I could get an FDA approval and know my e-juice isn't 33% rat spit, sign me up for a tax.
     
  15. ladybug

    ladybug Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2009
    northern calif.
    Pumaman,the government and FDA are corrupt and rotten to the bones! All they want is your hard earned money! I feel the government should just plain get the heck out of my life and stop taxing the heck outta me!I would never invite the FDA to regulate anything for me. I think we are all old enough and big enough to think for ourselves,no big brother for me:)
     
  16. Pumaman

    Pumaman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2009
    Agreed

    Not so agreed. My post from another thread:

    Not that I Like ANY new taxes, but in this case I would take that trade-off.
     
  17. dwillings

    dwillings Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2009
    Calhoun, MO
    I'm from Missouri and I just wrote my Senator a nice little letter. Everyone please write your Senators!!
     
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  19. BardicDruid

    BardicDruid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 25, 2009
    Central Texas
    Dunno what everyone getting excited about this for, it's actually on the roster twice. The first is S. 1147 and then again as H.R. 1676, both have passed the House but are setting on a shelve in the Senate. According to GovTrac.us both have read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. After checking their agendas neither are even listed to be reviewed this session. So when the session ends, they both die.
     
  20. Ashhead

    Ashhead Super Member ECF Veteran

    We still have a voice people, albeit a small one. Contact your representitives!!!!!
     
  21. TropicalBob

    TropicalBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 13, 2008
    Port Charlotte, FL USA
    BardicDruid, I too think we have time on this one. Take a look at that poll on GovTrack and you'll see the most lopsided vote possible on any issue! (And I hope everyone here voted in that poll and left a comment, which IMO will do more for our cause than soliciting form letter replies from underlings of elected officials!).

    This is a very unpopular issue with the populace; it can become popular only if states continue to become desperate for state and local taxes, and push Congress for passage. At this time, I expect no action this year. This is VERY unpopular.
     
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