|CALL TO ACTION: DEFEND YOUR ACCESS TO VAPOR PRODUCTS |
On July 2, the Senate passed S. 1253
– dubbed Preventing the Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Youth Act – a
bill that would effectively prohibit online sales of e-cigarettes and
would outright prohibit the USPS from delivering vapor products. This
bill, driven by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), places e-cigarettes into the
Preventing All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 (PACT) Act. Forcing
e-cigarettes into the PACT Act is a simplistic concept that is
antiquated, unnecessary, and completely out of step with the times.
First, the bill’s “signature on delivery” requirement will require
contact during every delivery at a time when the nation’s online sales
model is now “contact-less” delivery to protect against COVID-19.
Second, those fortunate to still have jobs are working harder than ever
to make ends meet, and first and second shift workers don’t have the
time to drive to stores during business hours, nor the ability to sit at
home waiting to sign for a delivery of their vapor products. Third,
hard pressed Americans can’t absorb the exorbitant cost of an additional
$6.00 per transaction just to have the product delivered to their door,
assuming any common carriers will even continue to deliver.We
expect the House to vote on the bill when it returns from recess next
week. VTA’s team in D.C. is actively working on this issue, but we need
YOUR help. WE NEED YOU TO SOUND OFF AND TAKE ACTION NOW! Details for how to take action here.