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VTA Member, Amanda Wheeler of JVAPES E-Liquid and President of the Rocky Mountain Smoke Free Alliance, is taking the lead at a critical time for the vapor industry. She is seeking signatories for a thoughtful letter to the FDA on behalf of small business owners in the vapor industry. But we need your help!

We are calling on all of our small business owners to follow Amanda’s example and sign onto this letter to FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director, Mitchell Zeller. The letter requests a regulatory process that does not kill our industry through an unclear and cost prohibitive PMTA process.

We will be working with Amanda, and our members, setting up a meeting with the FDA to discuss the adoption of a regulation process that will encourage the growth of responsible businesses within the vapor industry instead of the current trajectory of unreasonable demands set to quash numerous small businesses. Please complete the form to add your name to the letter and join the fight.

Become a signatory and pass this petition along to any industry stakeholders who may want to join our cause. Now more than ever we need to take action. Everyone needs to be off of the sidelines during this critical time for our industry.

Thank you for joining the fight!

Tony Abboud

Vapor Technology Association

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Mitchell Zeller
Director
Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

Dear Mr. Zeller,

We are writing to you today to express our concern for small businesses in the open vapor product industry in regard to the current PMTA guidance. Thousands of small vape shop owners and vapor product manufacturers are on the precipice of extinction. We are facing vague, unattainable regulatory gates and the terrifying threat of regulatory termination of the most impactful tobacco harm reduction products to date. We are being forced to prepare for a future where we will not be able to afford costly and unclear premarket approval, casting small businesses out of the lifesaving industry that we once created. It is our hope that the FDA can convene with our industry representatives to develop a pathway to clear and concise industry regulation that is mutually agreeable.

Current PMTA guidance recommends extensive research into each product, which includes bottle size and nicotine variations, as well as environmental assessments. We are not large corporations that can afford to fund departments devoted to regulatory affairs, science, toxicology, and legal matters, nor do we have millions of dollars to secure these services. We are mostly “mom and pop” small businesses. Many of us started with nothing but a few thousand dollars and a desire to help smokers quit, using the same method we used ourselves. Through hard work, and a firm belief in our mission, we have been able to develop successful small businesses that have not only created job opportunities for thousands of people, but helped countless people quit smoking cigarettes, and even quit using nicotine entirely, for good. This industry was created by thousands of small business owners who exemplify the American Dream—that through dedication and hard work, everyone has the opportunity to be successful. The current PMTA structure may well turn out to be impossible to navigate or comply with, at least to any distinction of consistency and dependability for advancing products and incentivizing improvements.

Thus far, efforts to engage consultants, laboratory services, and legal counsel all seem to produce professional regulatory experts that are just as unclear on how to advance through FDA’s current regulatory structure successfully. This leaves the industry even further confused, and effectively paralyzed, as we consider the risk of potentially spending ourselves out of business – because none of these entities can provide definitive answers to a process that remains completely subjective. The estimated costs given to us by the very services we would need to utilize to achieve adequate PMTA submission, amounting to millions of dollars per SKU, are significantly higher than the FDA’s “average application cost” of $131,643 for initial e-liquid submissions. PMTA guidance, by its very nature, gives the vapor industry a loose understanding of what will and won’t result in approval. These recommendations, combined with high costs for only a potential chance of approval, create an unrealistic paywall to industry compliance.

We are already beginning to see vape shops and vapor product manufacturers shut their doors—the smallest partnerships and family-owned businesses in the industry are steadily beginning to disappear. Some vapor product manufacturers are moving their American-based businesses to more vapor-friendly countries that have clear, attainable regulatory structures. Those manufacturers who do not have the ability to uproot their lives to make such a business move are instead selling their livelihood for pennies on the dollar, rather than risking a total loss when FDA exercises their enforcement discretion. Many members of the open vapor industry are making the difficult decision not to renew leases on the buildings they occupy because the pathway to remain on the market is completely subjective, undefined, and makes compliance extremely difficult, if not impossible. We will continue to see this industry slowly collapse under the heavy burden of the current regulatory framework that is unlike any other and offers no consistent baseline for the industry to follow.

It is clear that the outcome of the current regulatory structure will hand the entire vapor product industry to massive tobacco companies who have a long, sordid, and extremely profitable history of damaging the health and wellbeing of this country. The open vapor industry has and hopefully always will be able to be committed to helping combustible tobacco users transition to a nicotine delivery system that has been proven less harmful by orders of magnitude. We represent a group of businesses prepared to work with the FDA towards reasonable, realistic and sustainable regulations that are attainable for industry participants and more consistent with established and commonplace regulations for other consumable products.

Perhaps our most important concern is that combustible tobacco products, which are clearly and demonstrably harmful to public health, will be allowed to remain on the market in every smoke shop, gas station, grocery store, and convenience store in the country with little more than an age restriction and modest tax as a use deterrent. The only remaining choices Americans will have are combustible tobacco products, big tobacco company owned vapor products, or potentially hazardous, unsafe, and illegal black market products. Not only will these vague and unattainable PMTA guidelines reward tobacco companies for their current and past behavior, but they will also surely undo much of the hard work open vapor product manufacturers, distributors, and resellers have done to help millions of combustible tobacco users transition to safer nicotine delivery systems and even quit nicotine altogether.

Tobacco companies created the distrust that now exists. They also followed our lead into these less harmful alternatives while vilifying our products without factual basis. They have exponentially more resources, lobbyists, and influence, but current realities will give them the harm reduction market that we established and advanced. The current regulatory structure will take this from us and hand deliver it to those companies who created and advanced the harms of combustible cigarettes with no concern for the consequences. Furthermore, the FDA’s own age-of-sale enforcement stings show that youths are not obtaining these products from our industry participants, they obtain them from the tobacco distribution pathways.

So why allow tobacco companies to commandeer this industry when we are the ones who have introduced these products, created this new harm reduction strategy, and are verifiably (by the FDA’s own enforcement evaluations) maintaining youth sales prevention and discouragement?

Our concerns go beyond the loss of our businesses or the added power those losses would hand tobacco companies. We are equally concerned about vapor product manufacturing being handled by irresponsible, potentially dangerous black market entities. These black market entities will have no incentive to ensure that their illegal products follow standardized, unadulterated manufacturing practices. Consumers will unwittingly be put at risk by potentially hazardous and unsafe vapor products.

We understand and respect the FDA’s mandate to ensure reasonable consumer protections. We, the undersigned, are prepared to meet with FDA to cooperate and work together to find mutually satisfactory structures to regulate these products that will provide the requisite consumer protections, and also create a regulatory approach that is defined, clear, and attainable by those industry participants, like us, who are fully prepared to preserve and solidify the harm reduction public health benefits these products are capable of providing.

We hope the FDA will recognize and consider that this industry is different than any other. Most consumable products get introduced by big conglomerates or multinational manufacturers with correlative budgets and regulatory experts. Meanwhile, vapor products are facing regulatory approaches advanced many years after the products were already on store shelves. We acknowledge and respect the difficulties this adds for both the FDA and the industry. We are prepared to work with the FDA to find regulatory frameworks that meet our mutual goals. If we cannot find some realistic, consistent, and compliable common ground, businesses will close, thousands of jobs will be lost, many leases broken, investments lost (some even at life-changing levels) – many may lose their homes, savings, and much more.

We urgently request that you engage with us in a timely manner to navigate an attainable solution for small business owners so that we can reach our common goal: to save the lives of more than 480,000 American adult smokers a year without subjecting a new generation to nicotine addiction.

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Petition Title: Over-rule the Federal decision to push a PMTA submission for the E-Cigarette community

The e-cigarette community has thrived off of doing good in health for the community. It has now developed itself to uphold the value of life for many people across the globe.

Upon the review of the dangers and side affects of utilizing what is referred to as e-cigarettes, it appears that there few dangers which may follow the effects of use. However the underlying issue is that they appear to be used by persons of a young age in school. These products are commonly found to be small systems such as Juul (leading discovery) which are purchasable through a 7Eleven and gas station.

For information on how to help prevent this, here is a government link from the UK showing what is truly effective and how things can change without ruining what we have build.

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VAPOR 2019 – NEW STATE LAWS

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2019 – NEW STATE LAWS AFFECTING VAPOR
INTERIM COMPLIANCE UPDATE
July 1, 2019

The Vapor Technology Association has compiled the following list as an overview with citations of state-level vapor product laws that have been enacted recently, meaning the bills have passed the legislature and have been signed by the Governor in the 2019 legislative session.  

This update is broken down into four sections covering laws:  Raising the age to purchase vapor products (page 2); Raising taxes on vapor products (page 4); Impacting labeling, marketing and licensure (page 6); andAdding vapor to clean indoor air acts (page 8).
It is of note that there are several states with pending legislation that would impact vapor products that have not adjourned yet for 2019. This summary includes bills that would affect the age for legal sales, flavor bans, taxation, as well as online sales bans. The next update of this summary will occur on or by August 1, 2019.

Cautionary Notes: 

a.    This summary is meant to be a resource guide and should not replace the advice of legal counsel.

b.    This summary contains state-level information only. Some cities and towns have been passing their own municipal ordinances. Hence, your municipality may have a law that governs your business even if the state does not, OR your town may impose restrictions greater than what is included on this table. So, again, you should not rely on this document for legal advice but should consult your own legal counsel and must investigate whether and to what extent your unit of local government has regulated vapor products.
  Raising the Age to Purchase Vapor Products
  ALABAMA – T21 Implementation Date: September 1, 2019   Key Provisions: Raises the purchase age to 21 for all tobacco and vaping productsSets advertising restrictionsCreates zoning restrictions for retailers near schools, churches, child care centers and related facilitiesRequires a permit to sell vaping products if over 35% of gross sales Rule-making will be required for implementation.

Link: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/2019RS/PrintFiles/HB41-enr.pdf

CONNECTICUT – T21 Implementation Date: October 1, 2019

Key Provisions:  Raises the purchase age to 21 for all tobacco and vaping productsIncrease the annual registration fee to sell vaping products from $400 to $800 for dealers with multiple registrationsIncreases the penalties for underage sales with unannounced compliance checksAllows e-cigarette dealers to give promotional samples in connection with the promotion or advertisement of a product in a similar manner as current law allows for cigarettes and tobacco productsBans the use of tobacco and vapor product on the grounds of child care centers and schools Link: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/ACT/pa/pdf/2019PA-00013-R00HB-07200-PA.pdf

DELAWARE – T21 Implementation Date: July 17, 2019

Key Provisions: The law increases age to buy tobacco products including vapor products, defined as a tobacco substitute, to age 21 Link: http://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?legislationId=47236

MARYLAND – T21 Implementation Date: October 21, 2019

Key Provisions:  The law increases the age to buy tobacco products, including vapor products, to age 21 Link: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2019RS/Chapters_noln/CH_396_hb1169e.pdf

NEBRASKA – T19 Implementation Date: August 29, 2019

Key Provisions:  The law raises the age to purchase tobacco, vapor and related products to 19 Link: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/106/PDF/Slip/LB149.pdf

NEW YORK – T21 Implementation Date: 120 days after signed by Governor

Key Provisions: Increases the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 Link: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2833

TEXAS – T21 Implementation Date: September 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Raises the age to purchase tobacco products, including vapor products, to age 21Exemption for military personnel Prohibits local municipalities from adopting or enforcing an ordinance or requirement relating to the lawful age to sell, distribute, or use cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products  Link: https://journals.senate.texas.gov/sjrnl/86r/pdf/86RSJ05-27-F.PDF#page=41

UTAH – T21 Implementation Date: July 1, 2020

Key Provisions: The law raises the age to purchase tobacco products, including vapor products to age 21The age increase is phased in over the next three yearsExemption for military personnel Link:https://le.UTAH.gov/~2019/bills/hbillenr/HB0324.pdf

VERMONT – T21 Implementation Date: September 1, 2019

Key Provisions:  The law raises the age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21 Link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/ACTS/ACT027/ACT027%20As%20Enacted.pdf

VIRGINIA – T21 Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: The law raises the age to purchase tobacco products to 21Exemption for military personnel  Link: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+ful+CHAP0090

WASHINGTON – T21 Implementation Date: January 1, 2020

Key Provisions: The law raises the purchase age for cigarettes, tobacco products, and vapor products to 21Tobacco products may not be sold through a vending machine unless the machine is located in a place where persons under the age of 21 are prohibited or in an industrial worksite where persons under the age of 21 are not employed, and it is located at least ten feet from entrances and exits Link: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1074.SL.pdf#page=1
New Laws Taxing Vapor Products
CONNECTICUT – Implementation Date: October 1, 2019

Key Provisions:  Imposes a bi-furcated tax on sales of electronic cigarette products by e-cigarette wholesalersClosed systems:  40 cents per milliliter (those products that are pre-filled, manufacturer-sealed, and not intended to be refillable)Open systems:  10% of the wholesale price, whether or not sold at wholesale, or if not sold, at the same rate upon use by the wholesaler Link: SEE SECTION 351 https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/ACT/pa/pdf/2019PA-00117-R00HB-07424-PA.pdf

ILLINOIS – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Amends the definition of “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes and the componentsEstablishes a 15% tax based on the total receipts of the wholesale (the same rate as chewing tobacco) Link: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=003501430K10-5

NEVADA – Implementation Date: January 1, 2020

Key Provisions:  Establishes a 30% wholesale tax on all vapor and alternative nicotine productsDefines and regulates vapor products as other tobacco productsEstablishes penalties to retailers who distribute other tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18Requires third party verification for online sales of vapor productsAdds vapor products to the Clean Indoor Air Act Link: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Bills/SB/SB263_EN.pdf

NEW JERSEY – Implementation Date: The first day of the fifth month following enactment. 

Key Provisions: Establishes bi-furcated tax model between open and closed systemsRequires that open systems only be sold at licensed vapor retailers. Vapor retailer is defined as 50 percent or more of sales are generated by ENDS devices, e-liquids or related accessories. Closed systems:  10 cent per milliliter at distributor level (pre-filled cartridge)Open systems:  10 percent at final point of sale 
VTA will work the Department of Revenue on rulemaking if any.

Link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A9999/5385_R2.PDF

NEW MEXICO – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Establishes bi-furcated tax on all nicotine and non-nicotine containing e-liquidClosed systems:  50 cent per milliliter (pods or carts that are 5 ml or less)Open systems:  12.5% wholesale tax VTA working on guidance with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

Link: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/HB0006.pdf

NEW YORK – Implementation Date: 120 Days after signed by the Governor (no signature at this point)

Key Provisions: Establishes a 20% point of sale tax on vapor productsRequires retailers to be licensed Link: https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A02009&term=2019&Summary=Y&Text=Y
 
VERMONT – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Establishes a 92% wholesale tax on vapor products and devicesDefines vapor products as “other tobacco product” The Department of Revenue will establish a guidance document.

Link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/ACTS/ACT028/ACT028%20As%20Enacted.pdf

WASHINGTON – Implementation Date: October 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Establishes a wholesale tax on vapor products.Closed system rate:  27 cents per milliliter (pods or carts that are 5 ml or less)Open systems rate:  9 cents per milliliterTax is applied to all pre-existing inventories on or before October 31, 2019 with the tax due January 31, 2020 VTA working on implementation with Washington authorities.

Link: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1873-S2.SL.pdf
New Laws on Labeling, Marketing and Licensure
INDIANA – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Removes certain requirements from Indiana’s e-liquid container labeling requirements Link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/271#document-e4036bc2

LOUISIANA– Implementation Date: June 15, 2019

Key Provisions: Dealers who sell vapor product or alternative nicotine products are added to the definition of “wholesaler”Requires a permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) to sell vapor and alternative nicotine productsProhibits dealers from purchasing vapor products for resale except from a wholesale dealer who has a valid ATC permitExtends current regulations on tobacco products to vapor and alternative nicotine productsRestricts manufacturers of vapor products from selling vapor products in the state without authorization from the ATC The law requires administrative regulations.

Link:http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1144899

NEBRASKA – Implementation Date: August 29, 2019

Key Provisions:  Establishes a new definition for vaping products separate from cigarettes and cigarsRequires licensure to sell vaping productsEstablishes regulations similar to traditional tobacco products Link: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/106/PDF/Slip/LB397.pdf

SOUTH CAROLINA – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions:  Requires age verification for online sales of vapor productsProhibits youth from entering a retail establishment the primarily sells tobacco or vaping productsProhibits the use of tobacco and vaping products on school or pre-school propertyEstablishes packaging guidelines for e-liquids Link: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/bills/3420.htm

VERMONT – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Requires licensure to sell vapor productsBans online sales Link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/ACTS/ACT022/ACT022%20As%20Enacted.pdf
Clean Indoor Air Ban on Vaping Products
FLORIDA – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Implements the Florida Constitutional AmendmentBans vaping in an enclosed indoor workplace, except as the proprietor or other person in charge of an enclosed indoor to develop may provide in a policy regarding specified smoking and vaping prohibitions  Link: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0386/0386.html

NEW MEXICO – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions: Prohibits vaping where smoking is already prohibitedContains an exclusion for vape shops Link: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/HB0256.pdf

OKLAHOMA  – Implementation Date: July 1, 2019

Key Provisions:  Bans vapor products in schools Link: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2019-20%20ENR/SB/SB33%20ENR.PDF  
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VTA STATE OF THE STATES UPDATE – JUNE2019

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JUNE 24, 2019  
As state legislatures around the country are adjourning, there has been a lot of activity in the last couple weeks on which we need to catch you up.  There is still considerable work to be done in the Northeast which remains very active on the tax front.  Thus far, solid performances by VTA’s lobbying teams in each of these state capitals and by the VTA’s affiliated state associations are delivering wins and negotiated bills that are in strong defense of our industry.  Importantly, no state flavor ban bills have been passed as we continue our vigilant defense.  Here are some of the highlights:
 
Connecticut Drops Flavor Ban, Moves Forward With Tax Bill
 
The big news out of Connecticut is that our team has successfully removed the flavor ban from consideration.  The language of HB 7200 was recently amended to strip out the flavor ban.  Thanks to the steady drumbeat by the New England Vapor Technology Association and VTA lobbyists this effort was successful.
 
Also, Finance Committee Chairman Jason Rojas has been working with the VTA to find an alternative to the wholesale tax proposed by Governor Lamont. SB 877 passed the legislature last week with a bifurcated model. The new tax is $.40 per ML for closed systems and 10% for open systems at wholesale. Unfortunately, the compromise language supported by all of the industry players was modified late the night before the vote to apply the tax to open system devices as well. The VTA is strongly opposed to this language and we are seeking avenues to fix it, including working with the Department of Revenue services to modify it administratively.
 
Finally, HB 7200 did pass both chambers, without the flavor ban as noted above, and will raise the age to 21 for all nicotine products and include a requirement for a signature of someone over the age of 21 for delivery of online sales.
 
Illinois Passes Wholesale Tax But Defeats Flavor Ban
 
The Illinois General Assembly went into overtime before finally passing several legislative matters including a full year budget, a capitol funding bill for road construction and public buildings, and other tax increases including a dollar a pack increase on combustible cigarettes.
 
The vapor industry held a lobby day in Springfield and worked tirelessly in the final days of session to defeat the tax. The tax was pulled from the original operating budget funding bill as a proposed bifurcated tax between open and closed systems.
 
A 15% wholesale was put into the road construction and public buildings funding bill as was a dollar a pack cigarette at the request of the Senate President. This tax is still 15% lower than any other product in the OTP category.  VTA and the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois will continue to work with the Department of Revenue on implementation of this tax.
 
The VTA also worked in the final week of session to kill an 11th hour amendment that would ban all flavored tobacco products, including vapor products. VTA and the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois met with committee members as well as the bill sponsor and convinced them to hold the bill and look at alternatives related to labeling and marketing of vapor products.
 
Maine Flavor Ban Defeated While Wholesale Tax Revived As Session Ends
 
LD 1090, the original flavor ban bill, was amended in committee earlier in the session provide penalties for sales to minors. The flavor ban language was removed. In the final hours of the session, there was an attempt to add the flavor language back into the bill. We successfully defeated the attempt and the bill passed.
 
Two weeks ago the Committee on Taxation amended LD 1028. The 81% wholesale tax was reduced to 43%. Cigarette taxes were removed from the bill but tax increases of 50% are levied on “other tobacco products.” Governor Mills and the Senate leadership had expressed concerns about the taxes as the VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association continued to lobby against the bill. However, a late-night, backroom deal, in the final hours of the session, ensured that a large portion of the money raised by the tax would go to a handful on hospitals in Governor Mill’s hometown and the Senate President’s district. The VTA attempted a procedural move to stop the bill, however, at the request of General Assembly leadership the bill passed. We are working to pressure the Governor to veto the bill based on campaign promises not to raise taxes.
 
Massachusetts Tax Bills Heard in Committee
 
Last week the VTA testified against a series of tax bills before the Joint Committee on Revenue. H 2436, H 2654, S 1606 & S 1633 would impose a 75% wholesale tax on e-liquids. H 2454 would impose a 20% wholesale tax. While the language in each of the bills is similar, some would impose the tax on devices as well as non-nicotine. The hearing was for information only and did not include a vote on any of the bills on the agenda. The VTA continues to work with the New England Vapor Technology Association to lobby against all of the tax proposals.
 
Nevada Republicans Break Ranks And Vote For A Wholesale Tax
 
After two months of holding off a 30% wholesale tax in the Senate, Nevada SB 263 was called to the floor and passed the Senate. Despite the hard work of the VTA and the Nevada Vaping Association, we expected the bill to pass the upper chamber. Our efforts turned to defeating the bill in the Assembly. Shortly before the final vote, 3 Democrats committed to vote against their party in opposition to the tax. And, we had also been assured by the Assembly Minority Leader that the Republican Caucus was unified in voting against the bill.
 
However, the bill was called and passed with the required two-thirds vote, 30-11.
 
As it turned out, four Republicans broke ranks and voted in favor of the bill.  The VTA and NVA attempted to get Governor Sisolak to veto the tax measure, but the Governor ultimately signed the bill. 
  New Hampshire Compromise: Bifurcated Tax Moves To Conference Committee   The VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association have been working on a compromise to the proposed wholesale tax in HB 2. Last week the Senate passed a bifurcated model that imposes a .30 per ML tax on closed systems and an 8% tax on open systems. Both taxes would be applied at wholesale. The budget bill moves to conference committee last week.
 
New York Flavor Ban And Sales Restriction Defeated!
 
The final days of the New York session saw significant anti-vapor action.  First, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal attempted to revive her flavor ban bill, A 47.  Then, Senator John Brooks sought to move S 6076, a bill that would have banned the sale of e-liquid with a nicotine content greater than 2%, but only for e-liquids manufactured in the State of New York.  This ill-conceived bill would have killed New York e-liquid manufacturers.
 
Quick work by the VTA lobbying team in Albany and by all those who answered our Call to Action – which generated more than 5,000 legislator contacts in less than 12 hours – the flavor ban bill was not moved forward and ultimately died.  Also, VTA’s team immediately went to work on the 2% nicotine cap bill lobbying the Senate sponsor, Senate members, as well as key Senate staff to have the bill held on the floor.  

On Friday, June 21, just before 7:30 a.m., the New York Assembly session ADJOURNED.  We want to thank all those that responded to our calls to action and thank our Albany Team – the Parkside Group – for their steady and sophisticated leadership on the ground for ensuring that the flavor ban and the 2% nicotine limit bills did not move.  There is more work to be done, but the New York Team and New York vapor companies that stepped up deserve a moment of congratulations.  Congratulations New York!

Ohio Senate Passes A Budget With A Volume-Based Tax
 
Last week the Ohio Senate passed their version of the budget with a .10 per ML tax on vapor products. In addition, HB 166 defines vapor products as any liquid solution or other substance that contains nicotine and is depleted as it is used in an electronic smoking product. The bill moves to a conference committee with the House. Jake Butcher testified for VTA and James Jarvis testified for the Ohio Vapor Trade Association against the tax, and both groups will continue to lobby the conferees to remove the tax from the budget bill.
 
Oregon Faces Uncertainty After Senators Walk Out
 
House Bill 2270 would have established a ballot initiative to impose a 65% wholesale tax on vapor products along with additional tobacco tax increases. The VTA and the Oregon Vapor Trade Association lobbied and testified against the bill in committee. In the final hours of the session, Republican senators were being pressured to support the tax measure and other unpopular measures.  To avoid that prospect, the GOP Senators walked out of the Capitol and many left the state to avoid being forced to come back. 
 
VTA Working to Prevent Tax Proposals in Wisconsin
 
Governor Evers proposed a 71% wholesale tax on e-liquids in his budget request to the legislature. The proposal also applies the burdensome floor tax to existing inventory.  The Governor’s tax has not gained traction with the legislature, but Assembly Speaker Vos is considering a .5 ML tax for both open and closed systems. The VTA met with key members of the Joint Committee on Finance recently to try to prevent the proposal from being added to the legislative budget. Key Senators were inclined to oppose the tax but had not seen final budget language for consideration. The VTA continues to actively engage in Madison to stop the tax. Share Tweet Forward
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VSLLC conducts daily research for new CTA’s (Calls to Action) to publish and alert the community.

On occasion, one of the esteemed #2019VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Please Help this page—> Such as 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!

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Latest CTA listings

  • Posted 6/30/19

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

OH – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

CT – Fight Back Against Vapor Taxes!

NV 30%Tax has passed.
Please take action NOW and urge Governor Sisolak to VETO SB 263.

SB 263, which would impose a 30% wholesale tax on vapor products, has passed the legislature and is being sent to Governor Sisolak for his signature.

Please take action NOW and urge Governor Sisolak to VETO SB 263.
Take Action – Share this Phone Number!
Call Governor Sisolak: (775) 684-5670

Make a Call – Talking Points

  1. Please VETO SB 263, which would impose an unjustifiable 30% wholesale tax on vapor products that are helping people like me quit smoking.
  2. Briefly, share your story about switching to vapor products.
  3. Please note any health changes that you have experienced as a result of switching to vaping or substantially reducing your smoking.
  • Posted 5/24/19

GA -Alpharetta – Stop a Ban on Vape Shops!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

  • Posted 5/22/19

IL – Take Action to Stop a Flavor Ban! (SB 222)

Atlanta – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

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

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

MN – Keep Vaping Visible and Accessible for People Who Smoke!

NH – Keep Vapor Taxes OUT of the Budget!

  • Posted 5/3/19

NE – Protect affordable access to vaping!

VT – Stop Ban of Online Sales!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

  • Posted 4/25/19

OK – Stop a Vaping Place Ban!

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

  • Posted 4/22/19

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/19/19

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

WI – Stop an Outrageous 71% Tax on Vaping! (UPDATED)

  • Posted 4/16/19

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/11/19

OH – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

ME – Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

OR – Stop Outrageous Taxes on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/8/19

LA – Stop Law to Deny Adults Access to Safer Alternatives!

WI – Stop an Outrageous Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/6/19

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

  • Posted 4/4/19

HI – Stop the Attack on Vaping!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

CO – Denver – Stop Tobacco and Vaping 21!

  • Posted 3/27/19

NV – Stop a Tax on Vaping!

CA – Los Angeles – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

ME – Stop a Flavor Ban!

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

  • 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.

MAY2019 Vapor CTA Page

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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.

Click on links below to 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 #2019VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Please Help this page—> Such as 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 6/3/19

CT – Fight Back Against Vapor Taxes!

NV 30%Tax has passed.
Please take action NOW and urge Governor Sisolak to VETO SB 263.

SB 263, which would impose a 30% wholesale tax on vapor products, has passed the legislature and is being sent to Governor Sisolak for his signature.

Please take action NOW and urge Governor Sisolak to VETO SB 263.
Take Action – Share this Phone Number!
Call Governor Sisolak: (775) 684-5670

Make a Call – Talking Points

  1. Please VETO SB 263, which would impose an unjustifiable 30% wholesale tax on vapor products that are helping people like me quit smoking.
  2. Briefly, share your story about switching to vapor products.
  3. Please note any health changes that you have experienced as a result of switching to vaping or substantially reducing your smoking.
  • Posted 5/24/19

GA -Alpharetta – Stop a Ban on Vape Shops!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

  • Posted 5/22/19

IL – Take Action to Stop a Flavor Ban! (SB 222)

Atlanta – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

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

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

MN – Keep Vaping Visible and Accessible for People Who Smoke!

NH – Keep Vapor Taxes OUT of the Budget!

  • Posted 5/3/19

NE – Protect affordable access to vaping!

VT – Stop Ban of Online Sales!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

  • Posted 4/25/19

OK – Stop a Vaping Place Ban!

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

  • Posted 4/22/19

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/19/19

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

WI – Stop an Outrageous 71% Tax on Vaping! (UPDATED)

  • Posted 4/16/19

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/11/19

OH – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

ME – Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

OR – Stop Outrageous Taxes on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/8/19

LA – Stop Law to Deny Adults Access to Safer Alternatives!

WI – Stop an Outrageous Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/6/19

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

  • Posted 4/4/19

HI – Stop the Attack on Vaping!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

CO – Denver – Stop Tobacco and Vaping 21!

  • Posted 3/27/19

NV – Stop a Tax on Vaping!

CA – Los Angeles – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

ME – Stop a Flavor Ban!

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

  • 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.

APR2019 Vapor CTA Page

All CTA posted by date below

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.

The Most important CTA right NOW is: FDA Comment Period. Voice your comments to the FDA.

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 #2019VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Please Help this page—> Such as 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

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

  • Posted 4/25/19

OK – Stop a Vaping Place Ban!

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

  • Posted 4/22/19

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/19/19

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

WI – Stop an Outrageous 71% Tax on Vaping! (UPDATED)

  • Posted 4/16/19

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/11/19

OH – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

ME – Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

OR – Stop Outrageous Taxes on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/8/19

LA – Stop Law to Deny Adults Access to Safer Alternatives!

WI – Stop an Outrageous Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/6/19

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

  • Posted 4/4/19

HI – Stop the Attack on Vaping!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

CO – Denver – Stop Tobacco and Vaping 21!

  • Posted 3/27/19

NV – Stop a Tax on Vaping!

CA – Los Angeles – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

ME – Stop a Flavor Ban!

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

  • 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.

Vapor 2019 FDA Comment Submission Period

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2019 Vapor – FDA Docket: Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products

To leave a comment for the FDA, please click here. Read up and be informed before submitting your comment. Below are main topics from the official FDA write up. Please use these for a quick reference to guide your response/comment.

Excerpts taken from FDA-2019-D-0661-0001 docket documents. 

This mention attempts to prove a fruity flavor preference by youth, while a mint or menthol flavor apparently, is preferred by adults. Therefore, the FDA would like to modify regulations. Mint and menthol flavors require no authorization, while all other flavors require a PMTA submission to the FDA.

The FDA has opened Docket ID:FDA-2019-D-0661 for comments to be entered on the following:

The FDA is sticking to their youth vape epidemic stance. Responses can include suggestions you may have to address youth availability, such as Gas stations and convenient stores
Responses should include your preference of e liquid flavors plus how limiting flavors would affect you. As written, flavors other than mint or menthol will need PMTA authorization to market.

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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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