Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Call to Action! Ask Governor Chafee to SUPPORT Rhode Island Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors -- SB 622 (UPDATED -- Contact the Governor!)

UPDATE (7/09/2013): SB 622, a sensible bill that would ban sales of "vapor products" (e-cigarettes) to minors, has passed the Rhode Island House and Senate.  If passed, businesses who sell an e-cigarette to a minor would be subject to a $500 fine. CASAA supports SB 622, as we have nearly every proposed State bill addressing sales of e-cigarettes to minors.  

Unfortunately, as reported by the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network (made up of the American Cancer Society and other related groups) is urging Governor Lincoln Chafee to veto SB 622.  Why?  They want to come back with a bill next year to not only ban sales to minors, but also apply Rhode Island's excessive 80% OTP tax to e-cigarette sales and BAN the sale of e-cigarettes in flavors other than tobacco and menthol.
CASAA is urging its members to contact Governor Lincoln Chafee at (401) 222-2080 or governor@governor.ri.gov and ask him to SUPPORT SB 622 by signing it into law.  Tell your story about how e-cigarettes changed your life, but let him know that you also support SB 622 because banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors makes sense.

For more information on the American Cancer Society opposing bills to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, see these articles by Dr. Michael Siegel and CASAA's Dr. Carl Phillips.

Rhode Island: Ask Senators to Vote YES on E-Cigarette Sales Ban to Minors -- SB 622

This bill would:
  • Ban the sale of "vapor products" (e-cigarettes) to minors
  • NOT define e-cigarettes to be a "tobacco product"
  • NOT unduly restrict the availability of e-cigarettes through online-based retailers 
  • NOT require e-cigarette retailers to obtain a tobacco license  
UPDATE (6/27/2013): Yesterday, the Rhode Island Senate passed SB 622!  We'll be updating this Call to Action in the near future, as this bill still needs to pass the Rhode Island House to become law.  It is no longer necessary to e-mail the Rhode Island Senators listed below.
UPDATE (6/25/2013): Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee adopted a substitute bill for SB 622. The substitute bill removed the sections of the bill that we had expressed concerns over, and thus we were happy to endorse the bill going into the committee meeting.  Please see below this update for details on the new version of SB 622.

SB 622 will likely come before a vote in the full Rhode Island Senate later this week.  This is a great opportunity for those who have had their lives changed by e-cigarettes to voice their support for this technology, while at the same time asking the Senators to vote YES on SB 622 because banning sales to minors makes sense.  

CASAA would like to thank the sponsor of SB 622, Senator Dominic Ruggiero, who is the current Majority Leader of the Rhode Island Senate, as well as his staff.  At a prior meeting of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Ruggiero indicated that he would remove the sections of the bill that were opposed by e-cigarette advocates. He followed through and did just that.


Jacob Lambert said...

obtain a tobacco license if you are not selling tobacco? Why not require them to get a liquor licence as well? Morons! Uneducated morons!

Christina Auck said...

I'm confused. What happened on 4/9? Is this still a call to action issue?

Kristin Noll-Marsh said...

We are working on an updated CTA for the new bill that was introduced. It is virtually identical but going to a different committee. Please watch for the new CTA coming soon.

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Appealing Smokes said...

I am hoping the best. i love my e cigarette and its important to my health. this would only benefit pharmaceutical companies and of course the tobacco industry.

Kelly Bertram said...

I'm also hoping for the best. My e-cig helped me to quit smoking after smoking for over 30 years. Also helped 6 other family members to quit, including my mother, a cancer survivor.