Monday, March 30, 2015

Nevada Call to Action: Oppose SB 201 which would prohibit vaping where smoking is currently banned

(03.30.15)

Nevada Senate Bill 201 would deceptively redefine “smoking” to include the use of “electronic smoking devices” for the purpose of including vaping in the state’s indoor clean air act.  

Please take action now by sending a message to your state senator and members of the committee.

SB 201 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 1st at 1:00 PM.
Room 2134 of the Legislative Building
401 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV

Videoconferenced to:
Room 4412E Grant Sawyer State Office Building
555 E. Washington Ave.
Las Vegas, NV.

Please make plans to attend this hearing.  For talking points to use in developing your comments to the committee, please see here.  Even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is important as it demonstrates the many people affected by and engaged in this issue. (As a sign of respect, we ask that you refrain from vaping in the building.)



(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

Delaware Call to Action: Oppose HB 5 which would prohibit vaping where smoking is currently banned.

(Update - 03.30.15)

HB 5 is set for a hearing in the House Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday, April 1st at 3:30 PM.  Please make plans to attend this hearing.  For talking points to help you develop your comments please see here.

For those that have not participated in our call to action, please take a moment now to send an email and make a call to your representative and members of the committee.



(Update - 03.28.15)


Two amendments have been offered to HB 5.  HA 1 would carve out an exemption for vapor retail shops.  HA 2, on the other hand, would limit that exemption to a two-year period.  Although this is clearly a step in the right direction, HA 2 is unacceptable.  Furthermore, despite an exemption for vapor shops, HB 5 would still force thousands of businesses and workplaces in Delaware to prohibit vaping indoors regardless of what they might feel is the best policy for their establishment.


At this time, we are continuing to recommend our Delaware members to oppose HB 5.  If you have not done so already, please take this opportunity to send an email to your state representatives urging them to oppose HB 5 and any bills that would limit where smoke-free vapor products can be used by adults.




(Update - 03.24.15)


HB 5 has been removed from the agenda for tomorrow’s committee meeting.  It is likely the bill will be added to the agenda for next Wednesday afternoon (04/01/15).  We will alert Delaware members when we have confirmation.

In the meantime, please continue to send emails and make phone calls to your state representatives.


(Original Post - 03.21.15)

Delaware House Bill 5 would deceptively alter the state’s definition of “smoking” to include the use of an “electronic smoking device” for the purpose of including vaping in Delaware’s Indoor Clean Air Act.  Aside from the obvious confusion caused by equating vaping with smoking, HB 5 does not even carve out an exemption for vapor retail stores.


Please take action now by sending a message and calling your district representative as well as committee members.




HB 5 is scheduled for a public hearing:
in the House Chamber.  


Please make plans to attend this hearing.  Even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is important as it demonstrates the many people affected by and engaged in this issue. (As a sign of respect, we ask that you refrain from vaping in the building.)




(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.

(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

Texas Call to Action: Take Action to oppose FOUR bills that would limit adult access to vapor products

(Update - 03/30/2015)


The discussion about prohibiting sales of vapor products to minors in Texas will continue on Monday, March 30th in the House Public Health Committee.  Over the past week, a substantial amount of work has been done to bring a bill to the table that would ban sales to minors without imposing unnecessary barriers to adult access.


At this time, there is no one bill in particular we are recommending for our members to support, although we understand there are several amendments being considered that would address at least some of the concerns that we have.  


We are asking that you contact your legislators to let them know of your concerns so that the issues that are important to us as consumers are taken into account as amendments are being offered.




(Original Post - 03/20/15)

Several bills that would impede consumer access to vapor products are scheduled for a public hearing in the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday, March 24th at 8:00 AM in the Capitol Extension, 2nd floor, room E.012 (Central Gallery - click here for a map).  We have Identified HB 170, HB 81, HB 970, and HB 2321 as all containing language that would impact consumer access, choice, and awareness of vapor products. While we oppose those bills, we urge support of HB 647, a common sense bill that only seeks to prohibit sales to minors.


Please take action now by sending a message and making a call to your representatives urging them to oppose these bills and adopt an appropriate rule prohibiting sales to minors.




For those wishing to testify or otherwise attend the hearing, an organizational meeting will be held on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00PM at:


Driskill Hotel
(Upstairs lounge area)
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701


This meeting is for anyone interested in testifying or attending the hearing.  Remember, even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is valuable as it demonstrates the large number of people affected by and engaged in this issue.




(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Oregon Call to Action (URGENT): Take Action NOW to oppose 2 bills that would SEVERELY limit access to and use of vapor products!

(Update - 03.28.15)

SB 415 (ban on sales of flavored e-liquid) is scheduled for a work session and will likely move to a vote in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Monday, March 30th at 3:00PM.  Although an amendment has been introduced that would remove the prohibition on flavored e-liquid SB 415 would still prohibit the sale of other flavored low-risk, smoke-free products AND this bill lays the foundation for future prohibition of flavored vapor products.  Please take a moment to send an email to the committee and your state senator urging them to reject SB 415.


HB 2546 (indoor use ban) remains unamended.  We have updated our call to action to include an email worded in opposition to this bill specifically.  Please take a moment now to send it to members of the committee and your state senator.


(Original Post - 03.22.15)

SB 415 and HB 2546 are scheduled for a public hearing on MONDAY, March 23rd, at 3:00 PM in the Senate Committee on Health in Hearing Room (HR) A of the State Legislature in Salem.  Please make plans to attend this hearing. (As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the building.)


Please take action NOW by sending emails to the committee and your state senator.


Oppose SB 415 & HB 2546 - Send an Email


SB 415 would ban the sales of e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol.  The bill also specifies that the Oregon Health Authority may impose fines of up to $5000 for each violation.  Furthermore, like other anti-vapor bills in Oregon, HB 415 refers to vapor products as “Inhalant Delivery Systems”, a derogatory and intentionally misleading term.


HB 2546 would include vaping in the state’s indoor clean air act.  This bill has already passed the House.  This bill is so extreme that it does not even include an exemption for vape shops.




(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Philadelphia, PA - Local Alert: A bill threatens exemptions to the smoking / vaping ban



Philadelphia, PA

A bill (Bill no. 150090) will be up for a public hearing before the Philly City Council at 10:00 AM tomorrow (Thursday, March 26th).  Please make plans to attend this hearing.

This bill would remove the ability of certain bars and private clubs to get exemptions from the smoking ban. However, it would also prohibit any private club or bar that currently has an exemption from the smoking ban to get a permit that allows vaping inside.

In other words -- If a bar in Philly allows smoking and they have not yet received a permit to allow e-cigarette use, the owner of a SMOKE-FILLED BAR will be forced to tell vapers to go outside.

Philadelphia City Council members use a web-forms for contacting via email.  Instead, please take a moment to call them.


Philadelphia City Council
Dist
Council member
Phone
Email
1
Mark Squilla
(215)686-3458, (215)686-3459
mark.squilla@phila.gov
2
Kenyatta Johnson
(215)686-3412, (215)686-3413
kenyatta.johnson@phila.gov
3
Jannie Blackwell
(215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419
jannie.l.blackwell@phila.gov
4
Curtis Jones, Jr.
(215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417
curtis.jones@phila.gov
5
Darrell L. Clarke
(215) 686-3442, (215) 686-3443
darrell.clarke@phila.gov
6
Bobby Henon
(215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445
bobby.henon@phila.gov
7
Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
(215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449
maria.q.sanchez@phila.gov
8
Cindy Bass
(215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425
cindy.bass@phila.gov
9
Marian B. Tasco
(215) 686-3454, (215) 686-3455
marian.tasco@phila.gov
10
Brian J. O’Neill
(215) 686-3422, (215) 686-3423
brian.o'neill@phila.gov
Council Members At Large

Blondell Reynolds Brown
(215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439
blondell.reynolds.brown@phila.gov

David Oh
(215) 686-3452 (215) 686-3453
david.oh@phila.gov

Dennis O’Brien
(215) 686-3440, (215) 686-3441
dennis.obrien@phila.gov

Ed Neilson
(215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421


W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
(215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415
wilson.goode@phila.gov

William K. Greenlee
(215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447
william.greenlee@phila.gov

Comma delimited email list:
mark.squilla@phila.gov, kenyatta.johnson@phila.gov, jannie.l.blackwell@phila.gov, curtis.jones@phila.gov, darrell.clarke@phila.gov, bobby.henon@phila.gov, maria.q.sanchez@phila.gov, cindy.bass@phila.gov, marian.tasco@phila.gov, neill@phila.gov, blondell.reynolds.brown@phila.gov, david.oh@phila.gov, dennis.obrien@phila.gov, wilson.goode@phila.gov, william.greenlee@phila.gov



Thank You,
CASAA Legislative Team