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Milwaukee, WI – VETO the indoor vaping ban!

An ordinance (file #180354) which bans vaping in the same places where the state of Wisconsin prohibits smoking has unanimously passed Milwaukee’s Common Council and is headed to the mayor’s desk for signing. Please take action NOW and urge Mayor Tom Barrett to veto the indoor vaping ban! Take Action – Send a Message! By way of background, the ban …

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NY – Monroe County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

Monroe County legislator, LaShay Harris (D-27th dist.-Rochester) has introduced a bill that would raise the age to purchase ALL tobacco and vapor products to 21-years-old. This bill is being referred to the Agenda/Charter committee and is scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, June 25, 2018 5:00 PM Agenda/Charter Committee Room 406, County Office Building 39 W. Main St (map) …

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NJ – Gov. Murphy is proposing a MASSIVE tax on vaping starting in FY 2019

(Update – 06.16.18) Two versions of the vapor tax are reportedly racing toward floor votes. A 4132 – Would enact a tax of 10c/mililiter on e-liquid containing nicotine. S 2731 – Would enact a tax of 20c/milliliter on e-liquid containing nicotine. Both of these bills are likely to be heard in their respective budget committees on Monday, June 18th. NOW …

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IL – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

(Update – 06.12.18) Last week, the Illinois house passed SB 2332, which prohibits the sale of ALL tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21-years-old. The vote came after unusual involvement from Senate President John Cullerton (D-06) and US Senator Dick Durbin. The bill is in the process of being transmitted to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk and could be sent …

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FDA Grants a 30-day Extension for Comments on Flavor Regulation

The FDA is extending the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding a product standard for flavored vapor and tobacco products to July 19, 2018. The unpublished version of the announcement is below. CASAA and many other groups submitted requests for a 90-day extension (see below). While 30-days is obviously short of what we would like, it …

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CASAA Newsletter – May 2018

May began with a “blitz” of enforcement action from the FDA and FTC against e-liquid manufacturers that use artwork which closely mimics or otherwise is directly appropriated from food, candy, or beverage products marketed to young people. Although intellectual property (“IP”) theft is not necessarily the domain of federal regulators, deceptive marketing (i.e., a nicotine product that looks like a …

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NY – Stop a Flavor Ban before it Starts!

(Update – 06.02.18)   During Thursday’s Senate Health Committee meeting members voted 14 to 1 in favor of moving a flavor ban along in the legislative process*. Considering that the bill’s sponsor, Senator Kemp Hannon (D-NY-S06), is the chairman of the committee, a yes vote is arguably a matter of procedure. There was no debate and a bare-minimum of discussion …

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Nassau Co., NY – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

(Update – 05.31.18) On Wednesday, May 23, the Nassau County Legislature voted in favor of raising the age to purchase all tobacco AND vapor products from 19 to 21. Nassau County follows New York City and Suffolk County in passing legislation that denies adult smokers access to low-risk alternatives.   (Update – 05.09.18) During their Monday meeting, the Nassau County …

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Cole-Bishop Throws Vapers Under the Bus

On May 17th, 2018, Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA 02) released a statement on Facebook (here) stating that he was “pleased that the committee passed my Cole-Bishop amendment that maintains the availability of harm reducing nicotine vapor products, while also keeping them out of the reach of children through robust advertising and labeling rules, enhanced shipment age-verification, battery standards, and FDA …

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IL – Three bills would deny adult access to life-saving vapor products!

(Update – 05.27-18) On Monday, the Illinois legislature will return for work in the afternoon and possibly debate/vote on SB 2332, which would raise the age to purchase all tobacco AND vapor products to 21-years-old. Please take a moment on Monday to call the representatives below and urge them to oppose this bill. (Don’t worry, we’ll send you a reminder …

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Ulster Co., NY – Last Chance to Oppose Tobacco (and Vaping) 21!

The Ulster County Executive will hold a public hearing regarding recently passed legislation that would raise the purchase age for all tobacco AND vapor products to 21-years-old on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 10:00 AM Legislative Chambers, 6th Floor, COB (map) 244 Fair St Kingston, NY 12401 This will be the last chance for county residents to express opposition to Local …

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Supporting the Nicopure/R2B Lawsuit

  Last year, Nicopure Labs and The Right to Be Smoke-Free Coalition (“R2B”) sued the FDA, arguing against portions of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and the FDA’s Deeming Rule as they are being applied to vapor products. The court ruled in favor of the FDA, so the plaintiffs filed an appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals. On appeal, …

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VT – Help stop a tax on vaping!

(Update – 05.25.18) The tax language that would enact a 46% wholesale tax on vapor products is being reintroduced as part of H. 2 in Vermont’s special session. Please take action NOW by sending a message to House and Senate Leaders as well as your lawmakers urging them to reject new taxes on vaping! Take Action – Send a Message …

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MN – Stop an outrageous tax hike on vaping!

Last week (April 12) companion bills in the Minnesota House and Senate which support Governor Dayton’s budget proposal were introduced. Article 5 of both of these bills contains provisions that would change the way vapor products are taxed. Effectively, they would apply a 95% wholesale tax on bottles of e-liquid. Currently, the tax is only applied to the nicotine contained …

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CASAA Newsletter – April 2018

CASAA reported in March (here) that the FDA has published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding flavored tobacco and vapor products. The purpose of an ANPRM is to gather information about a topic from many different stakeholders. Responses are then used to develop a proposed rule, which will have its own comment and review period. As part of …

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Tobacco Harm Reduction Expert Fact Checks UCSF “Gateway” study

Dr. Brad Rodu, a renowned Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville who holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research, has called for the retraction of a Pediatrics article by University of California San Francisco’s Benjamin W. Chaffee, Shannon Lea Watkins, and Stanton A. Glantz. The article claims that “Among adolescent cigarette experimenters, using e-cigarettes was positively …

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CASAA Announces 2018 Board Election Results

We are pleased to announce that CASAA’s Board of Directors recently elected Bruce Nye as President of the Board and Jennifer Berger-Coleman as Vice President of the Board. We are also excited to announce that Jim McDonald has joined our Board of Directors.   Bruce joined CASAA’s Board of Directors in 2015, and in 2017, he served as Vice President …

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CT – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

(Update – 04.12.18) SB 164, which would raise the minimum legal purchase age from 18 to 21 for ALL tobacco and vapor products, was voted out of the Committee on Public Health with a favorable recommendation. The vote was 22 – 4 in support of the bill. Currently, SB 164 is on the calendar for the full Senate where it …

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Akron, OH – Stop Tobacco and Vapor 21!

(Update – 04.12.18) The proposal to raise the tobacco and vapor purchase age to 21 remains on the city council agenda. As of the April 9th meeting, the proposal was included as part of a committee report. According to a local news report, city lawmakers remain concerned about the unintended consequences of raising the purchase age for all tobacco products. …

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FL – Stop an Anti-Vaping amendment in the state’s constitution!

(Update – 04.20.18) Pending a formal report being submitted to Florida’s Secretary of State, the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) has finalized the list of eight revisions that will be presented to voters in November. In an effort to save space on the ballot, the CRC has grouped most of the proposed revisions together. Most concerning to CASAA members and tobacco …

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ECigIntelligence User Survey 2018

In November of 2017, CASAA assisted ECigIntelligence in conducting a focused survey of vapers. The integrity of ECigIntelligence was verified, as was the purpose and scope of the survey, and the survey was circulated to our members via email.As a part of our diligence to our members, CASAA is publishing the relevant results to educate and advocate for our members. …

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NY – Keep Vapor Taxes OUT of the State’s Budget!

(Update – 04.02.18) In typical down-to-the-wire fashion, the New York legislature passed a budget for FY 2019 last week. The budget does NOT include a new tax on vapor products! Special thanks are in order to everyone who took a moment to contact their officials urging them to remove the governor’s proposed tax on vaping. Also thanks to the NYSVA …

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RI – Stop an outrageous 80% tax on vapor!

RHODE ISLAND VAPOR TAX Update – 03.26.18 (House Finance Committee Hearing) Last week’s meeting that was cancelled due to weather is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Rise of the House (4:30 PM) Room 35 – State House   The committee will be hearing testimony regarding Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposal to impose an outrageous 80% wholesale tax on vapor products …

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Congress votes to fund scared-straight campaign from CDC, but leaves smokers and vapers out in the cold.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (“the omnibus budget bill”) has been nearly six months in the making. And when all of the pieces were laid together–all 2200+ pages of it–the bill made its way through Congress and onto President Trump’s desk in just two days. The bill mentions “Food and Drug Administration” 12 times and “tobacco” 23 times, but …

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