Massachusetts

MA – Stop the Legislature Making Flavor Ban Permanent and 75% Tax!

(Update – 11.27.19) At a morning press conference, on Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H.4196, a flavor ban and 75% wholesale tax on vapor products, recently passed by the legislature. Governor Baker’s flavor ban by executive order will remain in place until December 11. Between now and then, the Department of Public Health is being directed to enact …

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MA -Emergency Alert! – End the War on Vaping!

[Update – 09.30.19] – Phone calls to Governor Baker’s office are needed today. Please see the phone number and talking points below.   An injunction to stop the senseless ban on sales of any vapor product in Massachusetts is being filed TODAY. As a compliment to the legal action being taken by responsible MA business owners, consumer voices need to …

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MA – Stop a Flavor Ban! (S.1279)

A bill, S 1279, which would ban the sale of flavored vapor and other smoke-free products is scheduled for a public hearing on TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Joint Committee on Public Health Hearing Room A-2 (map) State House 24 Beacon St Boston, MA 02133 While some may believe that an exemption for “smoking bars” is …

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MA – Stop a Flavor Ban Being Proposed in the State’s Budget!

Debate in the senate over the state’s budget is underway. In addition to a proposed 75% wholesale tax on vapor products, the senate is considering an amendment that would severely limit where flavored smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and snus can be sold. Please take a moment to make contact with your state senator and urge them to reject an all-out ban on …

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Check out the 2019 States Legislatative Calendar to find out when your state legislature will be back in session! State Regular Session Start Regular Session End House Bill Intro Deadline Senate Bill Intro Deadline Crossover Deadline Special Sessions Alabama Mar 5, 2019 Jun 17, 2019 26th Legislative Day 26th Legislative Day 27th Legislative Day Mar 6, 2019 – Mar 13, …

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Heads Up – News – Updates 7.7.2020

July 7, 2020 (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia) CASAA needs your help! National Call to Action for vape mail ban. Wisconsin ANTZ ignore vape fact. Hawaii closer to flavor ban. Bricks & mortar association backs online vape sales ban. Chicago flavor ban stalls. _______________________________________________________________ MESSAGE FROM CASAA: We’ve never really done this before, but CASAA needs your help! Today! Right now! Click here …

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We’ve never done anything like this before…

All things considered, CASAA has had a good run. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve helped elevate the voice of consumers to a degree that top officials at the Food and Drug Administration make public statements acknowledging the benefits of vaping and other smoke-free alternatives. We need your help to keep this energy going. As you well know, CASAA membership …

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Heads Up – News – Updates 6.29.2020

June 29, 2020 (via CASAA Twitter @CASAAMedia) Calls to Action in Michigan and Montana. Cities in Wisconsin, California and Montana blindly following ANTZ lies to ban flavored vapor products and public use. Nonsensical proposed ban on nicotine that’s not in the form of cigarettes in Australia. Check out CASAA state web pages and state groups on Facebook. _______________________________________________________________ BARABOO, WISCONSIN: (HEADS …

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Quick Tips for Consumer Advocates

Members often ask "What can I do to help?" Member involvement is the KEY to CASAA's success! Read on to discover how easy it is to be a Consumer Advocate for Smoke-free Alternatives:

  1. Get to know your lawmakers and where they stand on important issues. Put together a list of contact information for your local lawmakers. (CASAA has provided state and national contact info on this page.) If you can, set up a face-to-face meeting to express your concerns. Otherwise, call or send a letter or email.
  2. Sign up to track legislation and agenda topics in your city, county and/or town. Many municipal web sites now let you subscribe to get email or text alerts if legislation is proposed for certain keywords. Sign up for keywords such as: tobacco, smoking, vaping, electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, ENDS, vapor products, tobacco products, and cigarette. If you cannot find how to sign up for these alerts on your community's website, call the city office and ask someone to walk you through it. You will then receive notification when a committee or board puts a related item on their agenda or if a new law/ordinance is proposed.
  3. Share CASAA "Call to Action" links on social media. Share on your own Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., account, but also share to local advocacy group, fan group and vendor accounts, as well.
  4. Complete the Call to Action. Sharing the Call to Action is great, but also make sure to follow through and send an email or call, too!
  5. Show up to hearings and meetings. Even if you don't feel comfortable speaking, you should be able to fill out a form about your position on a topic or be counted as one who opposes/supports a law or ordinance. Just being physically present can make a huge impact when many people show up to show their support for those speaking. Be sure to dress and act in a business-like manner, respecting the rules of the proceedings and others in the room.
  6. VOTE! Get out and vote for lawmakers who support your views.
  7. CASAA cannot possibly monitor every municipality in the country without member involvement, so it is vitally important for CASAA members to watch their area and alert CASAA staff when they find out about a proposed hearing, meeting, law or ordinance. Email us at [email protected] with all of the information you have regarding the municipality, the law or ordinance being proposed, and the time and place of the meeting or public hearing. The more information you can provide, the faster and the more likely CASAA is to issue a Call to Action.
  8. Don't keep CASAA a secret! Share links to CASAA's Facebook page, groups, Twitter accounts and web site. Use links in CASAA's resource center for facts and science. Help CASAA build membership (it's still FREE to join) and add to our collective voice for consumers. The more members CASAA has, the stronger it becomes!
  9. Stay up-to-date by following CASAA on Facebook and Twitter and join the Massachusetts CASAA Facebook group!

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State Legislative Information

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Governor

Charlie Baker

Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133

Phone Number: (617) 725-4005

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The Senate

Clerk of the Senate
William F. Welch

24 Beacon St - Room 335
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Phone Number: 617-722-1276

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The House

Clerk of the House
Steven T. James

24 Beacon St - Room 145
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Phone Number: (617) 722-2356

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Massachusetts Laws & Taxes

Smokeless Tobacco & Vapor Products

Laws

  1. The sale of tobacco and vapor products to persons under age 18 is prohibited.1
  2. Sampling in vapor shops is prohibited.1
  3. Liquids containing nicotine must be sold in child-resistant packaging.1
  4. Massachusetts' Clean Indoor Air Act has not been amended to prohibit the use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited. However, vaping is banned on all state college & university campuses.2
  5. The following municipalities have ordinances that prohibit vaping where smoking is prohibited (some exclude bars and restaurants): Acton, Adams, Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Ashland, Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Barre, Billerica, Bolton, Boston, Bourne, Bridgewater, Buckland, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlemont, Cohasset, Concord, Dartmouth, Dedham, Deerfield, Dighton, Dover, Dracut, Eastham, Easthampton, Fairhaven, Fitchburg, Foxborough, Franklin, Gardner, Gill, Gloucester, Grafton, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Halifax, Hamilton, Hatfield, Haverhill, Holyoke, Hubbardston, Hudson, Hull, Lee, Leicester, Lenox, Leominster, Leverett, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Marion, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mashpee, Medfield, Medway, Methuen, Milford, Montague, Natick, Needham, New Bedford, Newburyport, Newton, Northhampton, North Andover, North Attleborough, North Reading, Orange, Orleans, Oxford, Pittsfield, Plainville, Provincetown, Reading, Rockland, Salem, Saugus, Sharon, Shelburne, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Somerset, Somerville, South Hadley, Stockridge, Sunderland, Sutton, Swampscott, Swansea, Taunton, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tynsborough, Wakefield, Watertown, Wayland, Webster, Wendell, West Springfield, Westminster, Westport, Westwood, Weymouth, Whately, Williamstown, Winchendon, Winchester, Worcester, Yarmouth2
  6. All sales of flavored tobacco/vapor products are restricted to smoking bars for on site consumption or online sales to out-of state purchasers only. Vapor products containing more than 35 mg/mL of nicotine are restricted to specialty tobacco stores and smoking bars. These requirements could cause many out-of-state online retailers to refuse to ship to the state.4

Tobacco/Vapor 21 Laws: Federal law passed December 20, 2019 prohibits sales of all tobacco and vapor products to anyone under the age of 21 years old. FDA stated law became effective on that date. States may choose to continue with current age law at the risk of losing federal funding. Massachusetts already bans the sale of tobacco and vapor products to adults under the age of 21 years old.

Flavor Bans: Federal law prohibits the sale of closed system devices (pods, cartridges) containing e-liquid in flavors other than tobacco or menthol.

A statewide ban on the sale of all non-tobacco flavored tobacco and vapor products was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Baker. The ban took effect immediately, while a ban on menthol cigarettes takes effect June 1, 2020.

Municipalities in Massachusetts that had already enacted their own ban on flavored vapor products include Ashland, Brewster, Brockton, Brookline, Buckland, Cambridge, Canton, Carver, Charlemont, Chatham, Chelsea, Chelmsford, Clinton, Cohasset, Concord, Conway, Danvers, Dedham, Deerfield, Dracut, Duxbury, Easthampton, E. Longmeadow, Easton, Edgartown, Essex, Everett, Fairhaven, Fitchburg, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gill, Gloucester, Grafton, Granby, Greenfield, Groton, Hadley, Halifax, Hamilton, Harvard, Hatfield, Haverhill, Holbrook, Holden, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lanesboro, Lawrence, Leominster, Lee, Lenox, Leverett, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Lynnfild, Malden, Marblehead, Marion, Marlboro, Marshfield, Mashpee, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, Middleton, Millis, Milton, Montague, Natick, Needham, Newburyport, Newton, Norfolk, North Adams, North Andover, North Attleboro, Northampton, North Reading, Norton, Norwell, Norwood, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Orleans, Palmer, Peabody, Pittsfield, Provincetown, Reading, Rockport, Royalston, Salem, Sandwich, Saugus, Sharon, Shelburne, Sherborn, Somerville, Southampton, South Hadley, Spencer, Stockbrdge, Stoneham, Stoughton, Stow, Sudbury, Sunderland, Templeton, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Upton, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walpole, Wareham, Watertown, Webster, Wellfleet, West Boylston, Westboro, Westford, Westminster, Whately, Wilbraham, Williamstown, Wilmington, Winchendon, Winchester, Winthrop, Worchester, Yarmouth

Taxes

  1. Smoke-free tobacco products are subject to a state excise tax of 40% of the wholesale price.3
  2. Vapor products have a state excise tax of 75% the wholesale cost. Additionally, consumers in possession of vapor products are required to produce evidence that the tax was paid on the products or face a fine of $5,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for additional offenses along with immediate seizure of the products.

Sources:
1. https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/09/13/940cmr21.pdf
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vaping_bans_in_the_United_States#_Massachusetts
3. https://www.salestaxhandbook.com/massachusetts/tobacco
4. https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2019/Chapter133

 

Updated January 2020

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US – Keep Vape Mail Legal! (Reject S.1253)

(Update 07.06.20) S. 1253, which would prohibit shipping vapor products through the USPS (just like the ban on mailing cigarettes) was passed by the Senate on July 2, and the text of the amended bill is finally available on congress .gov. While a significant amendment was adopted that requires an extensive list of research to be completed, the effect of …

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National – #EssentialToUs! – Keep Vape Shops Open!

#EssentialToUs States are responding to their own outbreaks of COVID-19 by implementing different versions of social distancing and shutting down non-essential services. While some of these businesses are being granted exemptions (for example, restaurants can still offer curbside pick-up and delivery and liquor stores are open with strict social distancing protocols), there are questions about whether or not vape shops …

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Vaping Prohibition is On the Table in Congress!

(Update – 02.21.20) HR 2339 (Pallone-NJ), which would, among other things, ban vapor products in flavors other than tobacco, is scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives on Thursday, February 27, 2020 Take Action – Send a Message   This legislation is being supported by an army of Bloomberg-funded anti-harm reduction groups to the tune of $160,000,000. At the …

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President of The United States

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments: (202) 456-1111
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The Senate

The United States Senate

The United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510

Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

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The United States House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

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MA – Take action to oppose misguided regulations on vapor products!

S.2234 would make multiple changes to Massachusetts law that would dramatically impact adult access to and use of vapor products such as: Ban vaping in the same places where smoking is currently prohibited. Prohibit sales of vapor products in pharmacies or any establishment that contains a pharmacy. Raise the minimum purchase age for ALL tobacco and vapor products from 18 …

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Boston, MA – Local Alert! Board of Health needs to hear from you about flavor regulation and Tobacco 21 (Ended)

ENDED: These regulations went into effect on 02/15/2016. Boston, MA The Boston Public Health Commission will be accepting public comments on a proposed change to the city’s tobacco regulations. These changes include: Banning the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products by retailers that are not licensed as a “retail tobacco store” or a “smoking bar.” (Specialty vapor shops are …

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Medford, MA – Local Alert: Ordinance to regulate sale and use of vapor products

Medford, MA The City Council will consider a draft ordinance produced by the Medford Board of Health — item 15-449 on the agenda.  Currently, the only description available is that this is an ordinance “to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes in the City of Medford.”  Despite the lack of details, it is reasonable to assume that this …

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