March VTA Update | Vapor State in your States

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STATE OF THE STATES!

The VTA is tracking over 260 bills to date this legislative session.
Below are highlights of our successes and our active engagement across the country.
  SUCCESSES: Kentucky:  Any consideration of a tax has been killed for this session in Kentucky.  Further, HB 11, a school ban bill, was amended to include Tobacco 21. The T21 effort was stymied, only to be followed by a bizarre Vape 21-only bill.  That too was stymied but once again T21 resurfaced.  For now, it appears that strong work on the ground by the Kentucky Smoke Free Association and VTA Board Member companies is holadvocacy
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Michigan: An amendment to HB 4164 that would add vapor products to T21 was defeated.  VTA lobbyists actively opposed the bill as two of our vape shop members of the Vapors’ Association for Rights and Standards testified in opposition to the legislation. 

New Mexico:  VTA’s lobbyists worked closely with the New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance to successfully defeat, not one, but two flavor bans pushed by the legislature.   We are now actively engaged in defeating a dangerous vapor tax as the session is quickly winding to a close.

Virginia:  Even though the T21 bill did pass, the Virginia Smoke Free Association and VTA’s lobbyists have successfully held off further consideration of tax legislation this session with the issue being pushed to a study committee.  

West Virginia:  Although SB 348, implementing T21, passed the Senate.  VTA was able to defeat it in the House prior to adjournment.
 
Wyoming: VTA lobbyists prevented anti-vaping legislation from passage with the adjournment of the session on February 28.
ACTIVE LEGISLATION:
Alabama:  Working with the Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama, we are fighting against some burdensome regulations in HB 1. 

Alaska: Currently there are no bills related to the vapor industry.

Arizona:  We are on the offensive.  VTA’s model legislation, first introduced by the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance, is moving. In addition, together we are fighting T21 as well as a 43% wholesale tax.
 
Arkansas:  VTA’s lobbying team and the Arkansas Vape Advocacy Alliance engaged leaders on the core tax issue for many weeks and, as a result, we were successful in removing another vapor products proposed tax legislation from a major bill designed to fund cancer research.   Unfortunately, the Governor has indicated support for additional taxes and we will continue to oppose those efforts while we oppose T21 which has significant support amongst lawmakers.
 
California: VTA is very actively engaged in proposed flavor ban legislation SB 38 and AB 739 with multiple teams on the ground.  We expect a hearing in the Senate Health Committee before the end of the month with passage highly likely. We are actively working against it while focusing our efforts on the Assembly where there is more opportunity for dialogue on the issue.  Stay tuned for some important developments on the California front. 

Colorado: HB 1033, allows local regulation of nicotine including tax at the local level. The bill has passed both chambers. As passed, the legislation limits the ability of the local unit of government to tax by eliminating the state tobacco tax dollars for those units of local government that choose to enact a local tax. We continue to work with the Governor’s Office on reasonable limitations on local taxation. VTA is proud to be working with the Rocky Mountain Smoke Free Alliance to defend Colorado.

Connecticut: VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association continue to fight against legislation that would ban flavors, raise the purchase age to 21 and implement a burdensome tax on the industry. VTA will be submitting written comments to support the testimony of local business owners at a hearing this week.

Delaware:  SB 25 would implement T21 in the state. VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are aggressively opposing the legislation that passed out of committee this week.

Florida: VTA and the Florida Smoke Free Association continue to fight against SB 1046 which would prohibit the retail sale of flavored nicotine products.  In addition, we are jointly opposing T21 legislation in SB 1618 and HB 1041. 

Georgia:  To date, VTA and the Georgia Smoke Free Association have held all anti-vapor bills at bay.  There is still time left in the session, so we will not let up and will defend to the end. 

Idaho: Currently there are no bills impacting the vaping industry before the legislature.

Illinois: HB 345 and SB 21, implementing T21 for both combustibles and vapor products is moving in both chambers and appears likely to pass.  VTA and the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois are aggressively working to defeat SB 1124, which would enact a devastating 36% wholesale tax.

Indiana: VTA and the Indiana Smoke-Free Alliance are fighting a 4 cents per milliliter tax and a joint Call to Action was issued.

Iowa: HF 467, increases tobacco tax to over 100% and adds vapor products. VTA and Iowans For Alternatives to Smoking Tobacco are actively engaged in defeating the proposal.

Kansas:  Currently there are no bills impacting the vaping industry before the legislature.

Louisiana: VTA’s lobbying team is opposing HB 38 which would implement T21.

Maine: LD 1028, an 81% wholesale has been referred to the tax committee.  In addition to opposing this legislation, VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are also working on the defeat of LD 90 which would ban all flavored products with the exception of premium cigars.

Maryland: With strong support from the Democratic Caucus and the Black Caucus, T21 is gaining traction in companion bills, SB 895 and HB 1169. VTA and the Maryland Vapor Alliance are working hard to prevent vapor products from being defined as tobacco in the legislation and defeat these anti-vapor initiatives. In addition, the VTA model regulatory bill is scheduled for a hearing this coming week.

Massachusetts: The Governor is pushing a tax on vapor products but a bill has not been filed yet. VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are actively working to get in front of the potential tax proposal.

Minnesota: VTA’s lobbyists and Minnesota vapor leaders are actively opposing T21 legislation.

Montana: VTA’s lobbyist and the Montana Smoke Free Association defeated a flavor ban in HB 312 earlier in the session. However, another flavor ban has been filed in HB 628, and we are actively working to defeat this one as well.

Nebraska:  VTA’s lobbyists are actively opposing T21 legislation filed in LB 149.  VTA is also actively working to ensure efforts to ban flavors or ban certain categories of products are defeated. 

Nevada: VTA and the Nevada Vaping Association are opposing efforts by some legislators to include vapor products in the definition of tobacco products. 

New Hampshire: VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are aggressively fighting HB 680 which would impose a 65% wholesale tax on vapor products as well as define them as tobacco.

New Jersey:  VTA is working closely with the New Jersey Vapor Rights Coalition to vigorously oppose legislation to create 75% wholesale tax and fix the current tax imposed.

New York: VTA’s lobbyists are heavily engaged in Albany working a sophisticated leadership and committee strategy to defeat the flavor bans in both the Assembly and Senate (A47 and S428) as well as T21.  
 
North Carolina:  VTA is working with the North Carolina Vaping Council which, to date, has held all anti-vapor bills at bay.  We will continue to collaborate and fight off negative legislation through the end  of the session in mid-July.
 
Ohio: The Ohio Vapor Trade Association, working with VTA, has prevented the introduction of negative legislation to date. VTA will continue to fight against anti-vaping proposals with OHVTA through the remainder of the session.
 
Oklahoma:
VTA lobbyists are opposing an effort to raise the purchase age to 21.
 
Oregon:
VTA and the Oregon Vapor Trade Association are working to get ahead of a potential proposal to tax vapor products.
 
Pennsylvania:  The VTA is strongly opposing HB 697, a bill to establish T21.
 
Rhode Island: VTA’s lobbyist and the New England Vapor Technology Association are opposing a T21 proposal recently filed.
 
South Carolina: VTA’s model language on shipping vapor products has been added to HB 3420. In addition, the bill prohibits local governments from implementing flavor bans as well as adding additional taxes.
 
South Dakota:  There have not been any anti-vaping bills introduced to date but we are closely watching potential legislative vehicles.
 
Tennessee:
VTA’s state association member, the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, is opposing a pair of T21 bills, HB 1419 and HB 1454, that are expected to be considered in committee next week.  TSFA has been enormously effective at killing anti-vapor bills and is well positioned again this session.
 
Texas: VTA and the Texas Vapor Coalition is opposing SB 1332 and HB 3364 that create a 10-cent tax (5 cent wholesale) (5 cent use) introduced as part of an omnibus tax package.  
 
Utah: VTA and the Utah Smoke Free Association are opposing HB 324 which would implement T21. 
 
Vermont:
 VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are fighting an effort to implement a wholesale tax on vapor products in HB 47.  We continue to oppose T21 in the House despite passage in the Senate of SB 86.
 
Washington: VTA and the Pink Lung Brigade successfully held off a 95% wholesale tax proposed in HB 1873 during a packed hearing on the issue. Our opposition included 95 people who signed up to testify against it. Despite this effort, it appears that some sort of tax will be implemented due budget concerns. Together, we will continue to actively engage with lawmakers on the issue to ensure that the industry is not saddled with a burdensome tax.
 
Wisconsin: VTA’s lobbyists are opposing a recommendation by the Governor to tax vapor products at the same rate as tobacco, 71% of manufacturer’s list price.
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MAR2019 Vapor Calls To Action

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Latest CTA listings

  • Posted 3/19/19

ND – HB 1477 is now a Vapor Tax!

MN – Isanti County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

AR-Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

MN-Robbinsdale-URGENT! Stop Flavor Ban and Adult Access to Vapor Products!

WI-Appleton-Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

  • Posted 3/14/19

Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

MN – Stop Law Prohibiting Businesses From Allowing Vaping

UT – Stop an 86% Tax on Vapor Products!

RI – Stop a 40% Tax on Vapor Products!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vapor Products!

  • Posted 3/8/19

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

CT – Stop the attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 3/5/19

NY – Don’t let Albany BAN FLAVORS or ENACT TAXES on Vaping!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vaping (HB1444)

  • Posted 2/28/19

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

ARKANSAS – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21 Bill!

  • Posted 2/22/19

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

NM – URGENT Call to Action!

AR – Stop a tax on vapor products!

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

AZ – Pima County Call To Action!

  • Posted 2/7/19

WY – Stop a tax on #vaping!

NH – Stop a Vapor Tax!

NH – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban!

  • Posted 1/24/19

MT – Stop a tax on vaping!

SC – Protect online access to low-risk nicotine alternatives

IL – Champaign City Council Study Session (01.22.19)

MD – Stop an indoor vaping ban!

NH – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

New York, NY – Stop a total ban on flavors

WA – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

  • Posted 12/12/18

Cincinnati, OH – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

NY – Suffolk County – Stop a Flavor Ban!

Once again, CASAA is pleased to share the annual ECig Intelligence consumer survey with our members. As you may remember from previous years, CASAA works cooperatively with ECI to develop survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community.

Please take 10 – 15 minutes to complete this year’s Ecig Intelligence Consumer Survey!

Click here to take the survey

Your participation in this survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers.

Thank you!

Alex Clark

CEO, CASAA

CT – Hartford – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

CA – Sacramento – Stop a Flavor Ban

Link to download sign—> “Quit with Flavor”. Thank you to @jenbergercoleman of IG for the Campaign start. NotBlowingSmoke.org has provided a link to download the “Quit on Flavor” sign to be used for this social media campaign. Contact @jenbergercoleman on IG with your posting. Please join us and do your part and  raise awareness of vape flavors important role. The posts will be shared with the Senate, Congress, President and FDA.

Altria (Big T) moves to Ban Vapor Flavors

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STATEMENT ON ALTRIA PRESENTATION TO CAGNY
Last week, Howard Willard, Chairman & CEO of Altria Group, Inc., presented to the Consumer Analysts Group of New York (CAGNY). During the presentation, Mr. Willard succinctly described Altria’s planned actions to address the increase in youth experimentation with electronic cigarettes, including:
  “Encourage FDA to take industry-wide action by banning retail and vape store sales of all non-traditional flavors until the youth issue is otherwise addressed, such as by the use of advanced age verification technology or pre-market authorization.”
Altria’s position that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) should ban the sale of all non-traditional flavors at retail and vape shops marginalizes harm reduction and does a disservice to adult smokers seeking lower risk alternatives to cigarettes for several reasons. In particular, (1) scientists have concluded that flavors assist smokers in quitting smoking cigarettes; and (2) current scientific literature demonstrates that flavors play little role in attracting teens to use vapor products. Altria’s view fails to adequately assess the net public health benefits of flavored vapor products and ultimately serves only to harm adult smokers while doing little to solve the concerns around youth usage. 

For these reasons, the Vapor Technology Association (“VTA”) disagrees strongly with the Altria’s planned course of action.

VTA’s Position – Flavors are Essential for Smokers Seeking to Quit Combustible Cigarettes

For the past three years, VTA’s position on vape shops and flavors has been clear and consistent:  Flavor Bans and/or Restrictions are Unwarranted:
Banning or restricting the sale of flavors is the wrong approach. Until science demonstrates otherwise, neither FDA nor any other governmental entity should act to ban or limit the availability and accessibility of flavors on the market to the detriment of adult smokers seeking to quit combustible cigarettes. 
 Appeal of Flavors is Subjective: 
The appeal of particular flavors is subjective and not the reason most youth choose to initiate electronic cigarettes.  Sound science does not support a plan that tries to categorize flavors as offerings which “should” or “should not” be sold.
 Focus Should Be on Prohibiting Inappropriate Marketing of Flavors:
Prohibiting inappropriate marketing should be the focus of efforts to address the increase in youth experimentation with electronic cigarettes.  VTA has introduced legislation in several states to affirmatively impose reasonable marketing restrictions.
 VTA Marketing Standards:
VTA has repeatedly encouraged industry to adopt the VTA Marketing Standards for Membership which would serve to limit both access to and appeal of vapor products to youth.
 Flavors are Critical to Smoking Cessation: 
Adult smokers looking to vapor products as an off-ramp from combustible cigarettes deserve access to a wide variety of flavored products to allow for individualized choice in finding the product that works best for them. VTA presented a clear and unequivocal scientific case to FDA showing that flavors help adult smokers quit. 
 Flavor Bans Directly Threaten Vape Shops:
A decision to ban flavors from brick-and-mortar vape shops, even temporarily, will eliminate over 10,000 small businesses and un-employ tens of thousands of Americans that work for them.  
VTA’s Board of Directors follows the aforementioned principles, and VTA intends to continue to fight for flavors at all levels of government.  Our membership has too much invested in the vape shop and retail store channels to equivocate on these issues and we will challenge any efforts to ban flavors at vape shops and retail stores.

VTA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 16 companies that manufacture, supply, distribute and sell a variety of open and closed system products, including thousands of flavors.  Our policies have always and will remain true to defending all segments of the industry.


– VTA Board of Directors

You Dont Know Nicotine – Final Update

You Don't Know Nicotine
Aaron Biebert -You Don't Know Nicotine
Aaron Biebert -You Don’t Know Nicotine

Aaron Biebert, director, creator of @AbillionLivesFilm, has reached his funding goal to begin production on his new film “You Dont Know Nicotine”.

VapeSling LLC is among early funding Backers for this project.

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JG of VapeSling LLC: met Aaron when I attended @abillionLivesFilm premiere. A true Warrior.

Being backers to the film, we can bring you a final update video sent by Aaron to share.

Anyone interested in the Truth about nicotine, such as smokers, concerned non-smokers, vapers, and their concerned family members should view this documentary. In fact, the globe can be educated, as much negativity surrounds the drug.

Video Update for You Dont Know Nicotine film

Aaron’s messages:

Thanks to passionate people around the world who chose to back our new nicotine movie, we’re proud to announce that we have reached our first stretch goal!!

We’re now able to make the movie even better with more interviews and a publicist to help get our message into the mainstream. Cheers!

With less than three hours left, now is the time to make your final adjustments. Once the deadline hits, everything freezes in time as a permanent record of our campaign…including your pledge. We’ll begin fulfilling some reward levels tomorrow.

If you forgot to join us or wanted to upgrade to get your name in the movie credits, there is still time, although some reward levels are nearly full.

Here’s the link to make final adjustments or join our mission

What’s next?

  • We’ll go live on our Facebook channel around noon (eastern time) to recap & celebrate
  • We have a staff meeting later to adjust our budget & logistics
  • The team will send out messages via Kickstarter to collect information needed for rewards
  • Heikki (our web leader) will make final changes to our supporter page, showing the world who made this movie happen with $14+ reward pledges
  • We’ll invite Kickstarter backers into a closed Facebook group to provide a more personalized communication experience with the team & I

Ok, that’s it for this update. Back to work. This is about to get interesting…
Cheers! Aaron

Previous Message from Aaron:

With about 13 hours to go, we are almost to our goal of 1000 backers!

I wanted to write you quick to thank you for your support. It’s been a long 30 days. Your pledge has been an amazing encouragement and helped us reach the public too. We’re off to a great start! I’m so excited for this project.

Here’s a document we’ll update with new links to download shareable video files, graphics, & pictures.

We’d love to have you use them however you think would help. You’re part of the team now.

That includes the video. Feel free to upload it to your own channel/page.

With 13 hours left, that could help get us over the goal.

Tthe Kickstarter campaign (http://bit.ly/YouDontKnowNicotine).

Thanks again for making this a true movement. We’ll see how it wraps up.

Lots to celebrate!

Aaron

You Don't Know Nicotine
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VTA Update: STATE OF THE STATE

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As stated in our last briefing, the Vapor Technology Association has experienced tremendous growth over the last year.  The Association now has lobbying representation on the ground in almost 40 States. In the past two weeks, the VTA has hired representatives in other states including California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire.  These lobbying entities have been hired based on their superb track record of being effective in their respective states and their belief in the causes advocated by the Vapor Technology Association.

As you are aware, our industry has seen hundreds of pieces of legislation impacting us across the nation. The most significant legislation being monitored includes taxation of vapor products, flavor bans, Tobacco 21 and negotiations on responsible regulation of our industry.

Taxation of vapor products bills have been introduced in the following 26 States:

  • Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

Flavor bans have been introduced in the following 10 States:

  • California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.

Tobacco 21 has been introduced in the following 23 States:

  • Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

Going on Offense:  Our team is introducing and/or discussing our own language related to licensure and marketing restrictions in the following 8 states:  

  • Arizona, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

 
Highlighted State Affairs Issues:

  • Arkansas – 40% wholesale tax being proposed to fund infrastructure package.
     
  • Colorado – H.B. 1033, which allows local regulation of e-cigarettes, passed the House. VTA working on Senate strategy to defeat the legislation
     
  • Hawaii – S.B. 182 which allows local counties to regulate e-cigarettes is scheduled for a hearing 2/11. S.B. 1009, which would ban flavors, has a hearing on 2/13.
     
  • Illinois – Governor and legislature propose a tax on vapor products as part of budget negotiations.
     
  • Maine  S.B. 173, which prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a person from selling, furnishing or giving away a nicotine liquid container is scheduled for a hearing 2/19.
     
  • Nevada – Senator Ratti will introduce a wholesale tax rather than the .05mL tax previously introduced.
     
  • New Mexico – H.B. 502, 45% whole sales tax filed by the chair of House Tax and Revenue committee.
     
  • Utah – Utah Governor Gary Herbert released a budget containing language recommending vaping products be taxed at the same rate as traditional tobacco products.
     
  • Virginia  H.B. 26, which requires licensure of vapor manufacturers, distributors and retailers and bans internet sales is scheduled for a hearing in House Human Services on 2/14.

State Victories
Our lobbying advocates have been successful on several fronts this year.  A couple good examples of this just transpired in the following states:

  • South Carolina – H.B. 3274 pre-empts local regulation of vapor products moved out of committee and is set for debate this week.
  • Montana – H.B. 312, which imposes a flavor ban was tabled in committee on 2/8/19
Thank you again for your continued efforts to protect our industry! 
Vapor Technology Association 
600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, 
Suite 630, Washington, DC 20037

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FEB2019 Vapor Calls To Action

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FEB2019 Vapor Calls To Action
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We hope you find this page helpful. Please let us know. We welcome feedback on CTA and/or VapeSling® products. Reach us anytime on the contact page or custinput@vapesling.com, or vapersarmy@vapesling.com.

Reach out to your state or local area Reps asking their support for HR1136 and opposition to S.3319. Unite to fight for our right to VAPE!

Here are some materials you can share on social media and as flyers around town.

VSLLC /VapersArmy Daily Updates

VSLLC conducts daily research for new CTA’s (Calls to Action) to publish and alert the community.

On occasion, one of the esteemed #2018VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Help this page—> ON IG, we have received several CTA Alerts from concerned Vapers (#VapeWarriors). We appreciate this and please continue or join in this practice. We will publish your handle when you tag us for the alert. Thank you VapersArmy!

The Vape Community is family…being part of a family means doing your part. Please advocate for Vapor as Harm reduction for you and future vapers.

Latest CTA listings

  • Posted 2/28/19

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

ARKANSAS – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21 Bill!

  • Posted 2/22/19

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

NM – URGENT Call to Action!

AR – Stop a tax on vapor products!

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

AZ – Pima County Call To Action!

  • Posted 2/7/19

WY – Stop a tax on #vaping!

NH – Stop a Vapor Tax!

NH – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban!

  • Posted 1/24/19

MT – Stop a tax on vaping!

SC – Protect online access to low-risk nicotine alternatives

IL – Champaign City Council Study Session (01.22.19)

MD – Stop an indoor vaping ban!

NH – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

New York, NY – Stop a total ban on flavors

WA – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

  • Posted 12/12/18

Cincinnati, OH – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

NY – Suffolk County – Stop a Flavor Ban!

Once again, CASAA is pleased to share the annual ECig Intelligence consumer survey with our members. As you may remember from previous years, CASAA works cooperatively with ECI to develop survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community.

Please take 10 – 15 minutes to complete this year’s Ecig Intelligence Consumer Survey!

Click here to take the survey

Your participation in this survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers.

Thank you!

Alex Clark

CEO, CASAA

CT – Hartford – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

CA – Sacramento – Stop a Flavor Ban

Link to download sign—> “Quit with Flavor”. Thank you to @jenbergercoleman of IG for the Campaign start. NotBlowingSmoke.org has provided a link to download the “Quit on Flavor” sign to be used for this social media campaign. Contact @jenbergercoleman on IG with your posting. Please join us and do your part and  raise awareness of vape flavors important role. The posts will be shared with the Senate, Congress, President and FDA.

You Don’t Know Nicotine – Documentary Film

You Don't Know Nicotine
Aaron Biebert

By Aaron Biebert

You Don’t Know Nicotine – Documentary Film

Join us on a wild journey around the world to discover the eye-opening truth about nicotine. Campaign FAQ Updates 2 Comments 5 Community Back this project

About

It was a caring community of passionate leaders from around the world that brought A Billion Lives (our last movie) to over 4,000,000 people. 

To make an even bigger impact this time, we’ll need your help. 

Welcome to Launch Week! 

We’ll reach out to the press all week and we’d like them to see what an epic community we have behind this. To help fuel the energy and make this the #1 most popular “Film & Video” Kickstarter project, please quickly pick an initial level (they start at $5) so you can get updates and encourage the new community.

If we don’t reach the goal, you won’t get charged. Also, you can upgrade later if you decide. Please note some reward levels only have limited quantities.

Here we go!

We’re excited to announce that You Don’t Know Nicotine is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative, a California 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles. This means your donations to this project through the Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible in the U.S. & countries with reciprocal tax laws. Regardless of where you live, we would be honored to have your help as we make a powerful film for a global audience. 

Nicotine is a very complicated molecule. Historically, it was mainly found in harmful cigarette smoke. In recent years, the use of clean nicotine without smoke has been growing due to changes in technology. Many are using nicotine to quit smoking. Despite a historic drop in teen smoking rates, nicotine use by young people is on the rise. Many do not understand the actual risks. 

With all the media hype surrounding nicotine, it’s time to end the harmful misinformation and educate the public on what nicotine is, isn’t, and what should be done with it.

We will answer three big questions during this 75-minute eye-opening journey: 

  • How does nicotine actually affect developing brains?
  • Are there any benefits to adults who use nicotine without smoking?
  • Who’s covering up the truth about nicotine, and why?

We will chase down as many experts (willing & unwilling) as our budget allows. It’s time to get answers from all sides of this debate.

If you’re curious, here’s the trailer for our last award-winning documentary:

The team is fired up to get going on this. All it takes is $50,000 to secure the base. We’ll use these initial Kickstarter funds to pay for necessary travel for interviews, crew time, and equipment needed to get started. 

Stretching beyond this goal will lead to substantial benefits for the strength and ability of the film to break through to the general public. We hope to see it get picked up by broadcast networks like A Billion Lives did, as well as major film distribution channels like Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/HBO/etc.

In order to maximize it’s potential, we’ll use additional funds to create an even better movie and drive additional publicity for our call to truth.

We’ll keep adding stretch goals until we’re the #1 most funded documentary project on Kickstarter and we’re able to market this film widely to the public like other blockbuster documentaries. Let us know if you have any ideas for stretch goal perks you’d like to see. We’ll add them as support grows! 

If we can reach this goal in the coming weeks, we’ll be on track to finish the movie this year. Here’s our expected timeline: 

  • February 2019 – Filming begins
  • March 2019 – Initial digital perks delivered
  • July 2019 – Primary filming finished
  • September 2019 – Final draft completed
  • February 2020 – World premiere at a key film festival
  • April 2020 – Massive Milwaukee premiere & worldwide theater events to follow

We plan to get it out to the public as quickly, intelligently, and widely as possible.

To the right (or tab above on mobile), we have a variety of special rewards for our backers. These include limited edition shirts, special coffee mugs, movie premiere experiences, and much more. 

Just like our filmmaking, we plan to make sure each reward is carried out with craft and awesomeness. Below are several concept designs of what the final coffee mug and shirt may look like. 

Are you a designer? We’ll be taking design submissions and feedback during the campaign. After you make your pledge, check out our Facebook page to join the discussion. 

  • Director:  Aaron Biebert 
  • Producer & Editor:  Jenni Biebert
  • Cinematographer:  Jimi Jake Shaw
  • Soundtrack:  N43 Records & Four Giants

Our team has won awards on four continents and shown movies in the theaters of more than ten different countries. This will be our third feature-length movie project.

Follow behind the scenes with the Third Line Films team (in association with Attention Era) on Facebook & Twitter

You can connect with the new #YouDontKnowNicotine community here: 

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For all levels over $250, please provide your mailing address. In accordance with IRS regulations, The Film Collaborative (TFC) issues tax receipts for all donations of $250 and over. Kickstarter and credit card processing fees are deducted before TFC receives the funds. TFC issues tax receipts on the amount they receive.

 Thanks again for your support! We’re excited for this new movie! 

Risks and challenges

We think the time for this documentary is now, and we are committed to making the most impactful film we can, as quickly as possible. That said, documentary filmmaking is an art, not an exact science, and there could be some bumps along the way.

If production obstacles cause delays, that could mean that we get the film out to you, our backers, later than anticipated. But, based on our experience creating 900+ productions and the strong team we have put together, we are confident that we can make a great film by the end of 2019.

The biggest factor in hitting our goals will be funding.

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