Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - March 12th, 2014
More States Ban E-cig Sales To Minors, US Federal, E-cigarette Legislation / Regulation, Science vs Propaganda, Local Bills To Ban Vaping, State Bills To Ban Vaping, Bills To Ban Smoking, Taxation, Master Settlement Agreements, Bill To Ban Flavored Tobacco, State Bills To Regulate Ecig Product Presentation.
More states banning e-cig sales to minors despite opposition by Big Pharma funded American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other e-cig prohibitionists (that want FDA to once again ban all e-cigs for adults).
Current laws in 26 States that ban sale of e-cigs to minors
Ohio Gov. Kasich signs bill (HB 114) banning sale of 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, opposed by Big Pharma funded ACS, AHA, ALA (which have falsely accused e-cig industry of target marketing to youth since 2009).
Virginia Senate and House approve bill (H 218) to ban 'vapor product' and 'alternative nicotine product' sales to minors, sent to governor
West Virginia House and Senate approve bill (HB 4237) to ban 'vapor product' sales to minors, sent to governor
South Dakota Senate & House approve bill (SB 181) to ban the sale of a 'vapor product' to minors, sent to governor
Nebraska legislators unanimously approve bill (LB 861) to ban sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine productgs' to minors, opposed by American Cancer Society
Philadelphia Council bill (140096) would falsely define e-cigs as 'electronic smoking devices', create new category of 'unapproved nicotine delivery product', ban sales of both to minors. Would require all e-cig retailers to post signs stating: "SALE OF ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES AND UNAUTHORIZED NICOTINE DELIVERY PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. PHOTO I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED. THIS LAW WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED." Public hearing scheduled for March 13 at 1PM.
Pennsylvania bill (SB 1055) would ban sale of 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
CASAA Call to Action urging support for PA bill (SB 1055) to ban e-cig sales to minors
New Mexico House, Senate Public Affairs and Judiciary Committees approve bill (H15) to ban sale of 'e-cigarettes' to minors http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=15&year=14
NM bill would ban e-cig sales to minors, e-cig vendors endorse
Michigan Senate approves Committee Substitute bills (S 667 & S 668), which would ban 'vapor product' and 'alternative nicotine product' sales to minors
Michigan Chief Medical Executive Matthew Davis joins ACS, AHA, ALA in opposing Senate approved legislation to ban sales of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors, wants usage banned and wants them taxed at same rate as cigarettes
MI bill would ban sale of all e-cigs in MI by mandating unwarranted packaging for all e-cigs, would legally define smokefree vaporizers as 'electronic smoking devices'
MI Rep. Henry Yanez absurdly claims e-cigs are 'training wheels' to inflame and scare.
Georgia House approves bill (H 251) to ban sale of 'alternative nicotine products' to a minor
Georgia bill (SB 347) would ban the sale of 'e-cigarette' and 'e-liquid ' to minors:
Kentucky Senate approves Committee Substitute for SB 109, would ban 'alternative nicotine product' and 'vapor product' sales to minors, referred to KY House
Florida Senate amends/approves bill (S 224) to ban sales of 'nicotine dispensing devices' to minors
Iowa House approves bill (HF 2109, formerly HSB 566) to ban sale of 'vapor products' and 'alternative nicotine products' to minors
Iowa bill (SF 2038) would ban sale of 'vapor products' to minors, require all e-cig vendors to have/buy a tobacco retailer permit.
Jeff Stier on IA e-cig bills
Colorado Senate approves bill (S 18) to further ban sales of 'tobacco or nicotine products' to minors
Minnesota House Health and Government Operations Committees approve bill (H 1931) to ban sale of 'tobacco-related devices' to minors
Oklahoma Senate Health Cmte recommends passage of bill (S 1602) to ban 'vapor product' sales to minors
Oklahoma House Judiciary Cmte recommends passage of substitute to H 3104, to ban 'vapor product' and 'alternative nicotine product' sales to minors
OK Health Dept encourages youth to use e-cigs by giving them fliers about e-cigs (as the most effective way to urge youth to do something is by telling them to not do it)
Connecticut bill (24) sponsored by Governor would ban sale of 'electronic nicotine delivery systems' to minors, referred to Joint Committee on Children, hearing held 2/27
Missouri bill (SB 841) would ban sale of 'alternative nicotine products' and 'vapor products' to minors (same as HB 1690), referred to Cmte on Commerce, Con, Pro, Energy & Env, hearing scheduled March 11.
Missouri bill (HB 1690) would ban 'alternative nicotine product' and 'vapor product' sales to minors (same as SB 841), hearing scheduled March 11
Delaware bill (HB 241) would ban sale of 'tobacco substitutes' to minors, referred to House Judiciary Cmte
Oregon legislature adjourns without passing bill (HB 4073) to ban sale of 'vapor products' to minors
Imperial Tobacco sues nine US e-cig companies claiming Dragonite (formerly Ruyan) patent violations
US Senator Richard Blumenthal (who as CT AG in 2009 falsely told e-cig companies that e-cigs were banned in CT, in retaliation for SE/NJOY lawsuits against FDA challenging its unlawful e-cig ban) repeats false claims that e-cigs are marketed to youth to lobby for FDA deeming regulation, which would ban manufacture/sale of all e-cigs
Greg Gutfeld '“ Who Needs Protection from E-Cigs? (tells truth about e-cigs, denounces US Senators who make false fear mongering claims about lifesaving products).
E-cigarettes, second-hand smoke, vaping, and the price of FDA regulations
2014 US Federal/State/Local proposed e-cig regulation/legislation detailed at
ACSH'™s Gil Ross: The Anti E-Cigarette Conspiracy
Glantz study (like all other studies) finds increasingly more teen smokers switching to smokefree e-cigs, but Glantz claims opposite to confuse, scare and lobby to ban e-cigs; ACS'™ Tom Glynn and Legacy'™s David Abrams criticize Glantz'™ false claims
Mike Siegel: Conclusion of new Glantz study on electronic cigarettes is junk science
ACSH 'E-cigarettes encourage teen smoking!' No they don't, in fact.
Mike Siegel: American Thoracic Society is discouraging many smokers from quitting and misrepresenting scientific evidence on e-cigarettes
Front page NY Times headline/article sensationalize more false fear mongering claims about e-cigs to confuse and scare readers, lobby for counterproductive bans http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/business/e-cigarettes-under-aliases-elude-the-authorities.html?_r=0
Jacob Sullum: E-cigarettes are bad because they look like cigarettes; E-hookahs are worse because they don'™t
The moral panic over e-cigarettes intensifies
Philadelphia Council bill (140095) would legally define smokefree vapor products as 'electronic smoking devices', ban use everywhere smoking is banned, ban outdoor use within 20 feet of building entrances, on food service patios, decks and sidewalk cafes, require signs to be posted everywhere (including outdoors) use of 'electronic smoking devices' is banned.
Notice of Philly Council Cmte hearing on Thursday, March 13 at 1PM in Room 400
on Bills No 140095 and 140096
Philly Health Dept so-called 'Fact Sheet on E-cigs' repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about the lifesaving products
CASAA issues Call to Action to oppose proposed e-cig usage ban in Philly, urges vapers and vendors to testify at public hearing Thursday, March 13 at 1PM.
What Democrats need to know about e-cigarettes and the recent NYC and Chicago bans
CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed San Francisco (CA) ordinance to ban e-cig use in all workplaces and public places
San Francisco supervisors to consider e-cigarette restrictions
Yakima (WA) to consider banning e-cig use on Tuesday despite no harm to nonusers
Los Angeles City Council rejects scientific and empirical evidence, threatens public health by banning use of lifesaving e-cigs (wherever smoking is banned). http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-ecigarettes-ban-20140304,0,4359853.story
National Center for Public Policy Research'™s Jeff Stier testifies against LA vaping ban urging them to base policies on evidence instead of fear, generates news coverage
Los Angeles'™ E Cig Debate: Guilt by Association '“ by Charles D. Connor (former CEO and President of the American Lung Association)
Gil Ross: E-cigarette bans and propaganda are driven by cronyism, not public health
CASAA issues Call to Action against Los Angeles (CA) vaping ban, hearing Feb 24.
ANR urges LA Council to protect cigarettes, threaten lives of vapers, smokers and nonsmokers by banning use of far less hazardous smokefree e-cigs
Long Beach (CA) City Council bans vaping based upon lies by e-cig prohibitionists
CASAA issues Call to Action opposing proposed Long Beach (CA) ordinance to ban e-cig use wherever smoking is banned
Maryland bill (HB 1291) would ban vaping in all workplaces, falsely define e-cigs as 'electronic smoking devices', referred to House Committee on Economic Matters, public hearing held March 5
CASAA issues Call to Action against Maryland bill (HB 1291) to ban vaping in all workplaces (including vape shops)
House Committee on Economic Matters hearing on HB 1291 on March 5
Proposed Maryland ban on e-cigarette in public places draws opposition
CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Minnesota bills (HF 1931 & HF 1974) that would ban vaping in all workplaces and public places
Minnesota House Health & Government Operations Cmtes amend/approve bill (HF 1931) to ban use of electronic cigarettes in state government buildings and schools
Minnesota Senate Health & Judiciary Cmtes recommend passage of bill (S 2027) to ban use of smokefree e-cigs in all workplaces by falsely redefining it as 'smoking'
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New York Assembly Health Cmte amends bill (A 8178) that would ban e-cig use in workplaces by falsely redefining 'smoking' to include the use of smokefree e-cigs.
New York Senate Health Cmte amends bill (S 6255) to falsely redefine e-cig use as 'smoking', ban use of e-cigs in workplaces
NY bill (S 6562) would ban burning e-cigs that contain tobacco in all workplaces in NY
New Jersey Assembly Committee on Tourism and Art amends bill (A1080) to ban vaping (as well as smoking) at all public parks and beaches (per ATG statement and Technical Review of Prefiled Bill)
CASAA isssues Call to Action opposing KY bills to ban e-cig use and to tax e-cigs
Kentucky bill (HB 173) that would have banned smoking/vaping in workplaces is dead
OK Senate/House hearing on e-cigs (1/22/2014)
OK lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigs
Hawaii Senate approves bill (SBV 651) to ban smoking in public housing projects
Hawaii House approves bill (HB 2577) to ban smoking in public housing projects
Tenants upset after e-cigarettes banned by Section 8 housing smoking ban (Virginia)
Missouri bill (HB 1716) would ban smoking (but not vaping) in all workplaces
Missouri bill (HB 1625) would ban smoking (but not vaping) in nearly all workplaces
Obama budget proposal would increase cigarette tax from $1.01 to $1.95/pack, increase OTP tax
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposes (in his budget) taxing e-cigs at rate equivalent to $2.70/pack cigarette tax to punish vapers for quitting smoking.
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/omb/publications/15bib/BIB.pdf (Page 24)
http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20140304/NEWS01/303040018/ (Pages 3 & 4)
NJ Assembly Budget Cmte hearings on NJ budget on March 12/18, NJ Senate Budget and Approps Cmte hearings on NJ budget on March 13/19, register online to testify
Americans for Tax Reform opposes Governor Christie'™s Proposed Tax Hikes on Small Business and E-Cigarettes:
Ohio Governor Kasich proposes increasing cigarette tax from $1.25 to $1.85/pack, increasing OTP tax, and taxing lifesaving e-cigarettes.
Americans for Tax Reform: Governor Kasich'™s tax plan less than inspiring
CASAA issues Call to Action opposing bill (SB 6569) in Washington State to tax lifesaving e-cigs at 95%, referred to Senate Ways and Means Cmte
WA Governor budget proposal, bills (H 2795 & SB 6569) would impose 95% tax on all e-cigs, redefine them as 'tobacco substitutes'
WA House Appropriations Cmte hearing on proposed 95% e-cig tax; with less than 3 hours notice, 80 WA vendors and vapers attend hearing in Olympia to protest tax.
(from 17:30 -- 30.00)
WA Rep Dick Muri speaking in support of vapers
WA House reduces proposed tax on e-cigs from 95% to 75%
ACSH'™s Gil Ross: E-cigarettes and public health: exhorbitant taxes will kill smokers
CASAA issues Call to Action to oppose Hawaii bills to tax e-cigs, ban use, and more
Hawaii Senate approves bill (HB 2495) to tax smokefree 'electronic smoking devices' at yet-to-be determined rate in 2015, ban use of 'electronic smoking devices' in 2050
CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Rhode Island bill (HB 7133), which is Governor Chaffee'™s budget proposal, to impose 80% tax on e-cigs (Finance Cmte hearing March 6)
and HB 7021 that would impose unwarranted and costly regulations on online RI vendors
Mike Siegel: Why is the Governor of Rhode Island trying to help protect Big Tobacco from competition?
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear proposes (in budget) taxing e-cigs at 20%, increasing cigarette tax from $.60 to $1/pack, increasing OTP tax from 15% to 21%.
Americans for Tax Reform opposes Gov. Beshear'™s tax hikes on traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes
NY bills (A 07106) would tax e-cigs at 95%, increase smokeless tobacco tax to $4.35/can
NY bill (AB 8594) would tax e-cig cartridges at 75% of wholesale price, referred to Assembly Ways and Means Cmte
Kansas bill (HB 2672) sponsored by the House Health Cmte would increase cigarette tax from $.79/pack to $2.29/pack, increase OTP tax from 10% to 78% of wholesale price, referred to House Taxation Cmte.
Maryland bills (HB 443 and SB 589) would increase cigarette tax from $2/pack to $3/pack, increase tax on smokeless tobacco to $3/can, increase tax on OTP. HB 443 referred to House Ways and Means Cmte & House Health and Government Operations Cmte. SB 589 referred to Senate Budget and Taxation Cmte and Finance Cmte.
Smokefree Pennsylvania testimony opposes smokeless tobacco tax increase in MD bill (HB 443)
CASAA testimony opposes smokeless tobacco tax increase in MD bill (HB 443)
Smokefree Pennsylvania testimony opposes smokeless tobacco tax increase in
MD bill (SB 589)
Fight over tobacco settlement money could cost Pennsylvania millions
Hawaii Senate approves bill (SB 2222) to ban flavored tobacco products
Utah Senate Cmte unanimously rejects Rep. Paul Ray's bill (HB 112) that attempted to ban all e-cig sales to Utah adults (by falsely claiming it just protected children).
CASAA Call to Action opposing Utah bill (HB 112) that would BAN the sale and manufacturing of ALL e-cigs in Utah
Illinois bill (HB 5689) would BAN SALE OF ALL E-CIGS that don't comply with yet-to-be determined state packaging standards, referred to House Cmtee on Human Services, hearing scheduled for March 20 at 8:30AM
Connecticut bill (HB 5286) would require all e-cig products (including components and accessories that contain no nicotine) manufactured, imported or sold in state to contain labels covering 60% of package listing the 'purported contents and nicotine yield'.
Referred to Joint Cmte on Public Health, public hearing scheduled February 28.
Greg Conley exposes absurdity of Connecticut e-cig labeling bill HB 5286 at 2/28/14 Connecticut Joint Public Health Cmte hearing
http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=9991 (begins at 1:35)
Connecticut e-cig sellers say no to warning labels, as does ACS
Michigan bill (HB 5393) would BAN SALE OF ALL E-CIGS by mandating unwarranted packaging, would define smokefree vaporizers as 'electronic smoking devices'
CASAA issues Call to Action to oppose Vermont bill (HB 632) that would BAN SALE AND POSSESSION OF ALL E-CIGS
Nearly 3,000 sign change.org petition to CA Assemblyman Roger Dickinson urging him to withdraw his unlawful (since US Congress regulates the Internet, not States) and unenforceable bill to ban online e-cig sales and deliveries to adults in California
Illinois bills (HB 5868 & SB 3268) would require all e-cig products (but not cigars, smokeless or pipe tobacco) behind retail counters, exempts tobacco specialty retailers (but not vape shops) that don't allow minors access
- Bill Godshall