Friday, May 17, 2013

Call to Action! SUPPORT New Version of Oklahoma Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors - HB 2097 (UPDATED)

***URGENT***

CASAA urges its Oklahoma members to contact members of the Oklahoma House and Senate, as well as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, to SUPPORT the Conference Committee Substitute for Engrossed HB 2097.

The committee substitute for HB 2097 would NOT tax e-cigarettes, would NOT require licensing, and would NOT ban online sales. 
[legislative tracking for HB 2097]
[full text of HB 2097 Committee Substitute]
[CASAA letter in support of HB 2097]


If enacted, this bill would:
  • Ban sales of "vapor products" (e-cigarettes) to minors
  • NOT tax e-cigarettes
  • NOT require a tobacco license to sell e-cigarettes
  • NOT criminalize consumers who purchase e-cigarettes online online 
  • NOT define e-cigarettes to be a "tobacco product." 
  • Reduce Oklahoma's tax on "tobacco-derived" products like snus and dissolvable tobacco.  

Previously, CASAA has urged vigorous opposition to HB 2097 (previously SB 802), which would have applied taxed sales of e-cigarettes, required tobacco licensing for vendors, and could have been interpreted to ban consumers from buying e-cigarettes online.  These provisions have been removed from the bill. 

CASAA would like to thank Senator Rob Johnson, who is perhaps the most knowledgeable state legislator in the United States on the subject of tobacco harm reduction, for his tireless work to amend HB 2097 to ensure that its passage would not negatively impact Oklahoma e-cigarette consumers and small businesses. 

Passage of HB 2097 would be a major positive for the public health of Oklahoma smokers and ex-smokers, and thus we strongly urge you to SUPPORT its passage.  



Please call or write the members of the Oklahoma House and Senate, as well as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, below 

1. Inform them you SUPPORT Conference Committee Substitute for Engrossed HB 2097 because it would wisely ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would NOT tax e-cigarettes, require a tobacco license to sell e-cigarettes, or ban consumers from buying e-cigarettes online.

2. Briefly tell your story about how e-cigarettes have changed your life. 


3. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.

STEP #1: Oklahoma House of Representatives -- Who to Contact

Please e-mail the members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and ask them to vote YES on HB 2097.  Explain that the conference committee substitute for HB 2097 would *not* tax e-cigarettes, would *not* require tobacco licensing, and would *not* unduly burden online sales of e-cigarettes.  Tell your story about how e-cigarettes changed your life.  

You can also contact your own State Rep using the 'Find My Legislator' tool in the bottom right hand corner of the Oklahoma Legislature's website.  

When writing letters to legislators, be sure to include your full name and address (or at least city). 
 
Comma delimited list: donarmes@okhouse.gov, garybanz@okhouse.gov, john.bennett@okhouse.gov, scott.biggs@okhouse.gov, lisajbilly@okhouse.gov, gusblackwell@okhouse.gov, mikebrown@okhouse.gov, david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov, ed.cannaday@okhouse.gov, dennis.casey@okhouse.gov, mike.christian@okhouse.gov, bob.cleveland@okhouse.gov, josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov, donnie.condit@okhouse.gov, anncoody@okhouse.gov, mariancooksey@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, david.dank@okhouse.gov, leedenney@okhouse.gov, david.derby@okhouse.gov, daledewitt@okhouse.gov, joedorman@okhouse.gov, jon.echols@okhouse.gov, john.enns@okhouse.gov, dan.fisher@okhouse.gov, kay.floyd@okhouse.gov, will.fourkiller@okhouse.gov, larryglenn@okhouse.gov, randy.grau@okhouse.gov, elise.hall@okhouse.gov, rebeccahamilton@okhouse.gov, tommy.hardin@okhouse.gov, katie.henke@okhouse.gov, jwhickman@okhouse.gov, chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov, arthur.hulbert@okhouse.gov, scott.inman@okhouse.gov, mikejackson@okhouse.gov, dennis.johnson@okhouse.gov, fred.jordan@okhouse.gov, charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov, sallykern@okhouse.gov, dan.kirby@okhouse.gov, steve.kouplen@okhouse.gov, james.lockhart@okhouse.gov, scott.martin@okhouse.gov, stevemartin@okhouse.gov, kevin.matthews@okhouse.gov, mark.mcbride@okhouse.gov, charles.mccall@okhouse.gov, mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov, curtis.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov, jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov, randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov, skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov, jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov, lewis.moore@okhouse.gov, richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov, glen.mulready@okhouse.gov, jason.murphey@okhouse.gov, jason.nelson@okhouse.gov, tom.newell@okhouse.gov, jadine.nollan@okhouse.gov, terry.odonnell@okhouse.gov, charles.ortega@okhouse.gov, leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov, pat.ownbey@okhouse.gov, david.perryman@okhouse.gov, pampeterson@okhouse.gov, anastasia.pittman@okhouse.gov, eric.proctor@okhouse.gov, rcpruett@okhouse.gov, marty.quinn@okhouse.gov, brian.renegar@okhouse.gov, mikereynolds@okhouse.gov, mike.ritze@okhouse.gov, dustin.roberts@okhouse.gov, sean.roberts@okhouse.gov, waderousselot@okhouse.gov, todd.russ@okhouse.gov, mike.sanders@okhouse.gov, colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov, seneca.scott@okhouse.gov, earl.sears@okhouse.gov, tw.shannon@okhouse.gov, mikeshelton@okhouse.gov, bensherrer@okhouse.gov, jerryshoemake@okhouse.gov, jason.smalley@okhouse.gov, aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov, todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov, johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov, mike.turner@okhouse.gov, steve.vaughan@okhouse.gov, emily.virgin@okhouse.gov, ken.walker@okhouse.gov, weldon.watson@okhouse.gov, paulwesselhoft@okhouse.gov, cory.williams@okhouse.gov, justin.wood@okhouse.gov, harold.wright@okhouse.gov

STEP #2: Oklahoma Senate -- Who to Contact

Please e-mail the members of the Oklahoma Senate and ask them to vote YES on HB 2097.  Explain that the conference committee substitute for HB 2097 would *not* tax e-cigarettes, would *not* require tobacco licensing, and would *not* unduly burden online sales of e-cigarettes.  Tell your story about how e-cigarettes changed your life.     

Comma delimited list:
aldridge@oksenate.gov, allen@oksenate.gov, anderson@oksenate.gov, ballenger@oksenate.gov, barrington@oksenate.gov, bass@oksenate.gov, bingman@oksenate.gov, boggs@oksenate.gov, branan@oksenate.gov, brecheen@oksenate.gov, brinkley@oksenate.gov, brooks@oksenate.gov, brownb@oksenate.gov, burrage@oksenate.gov, coates@oksenate.gov, crain@oksenate.gov, dahm@oksenate.gov, david@oksenate.gov, ellis@oksenate.gov, efields@oksenate.gov, fordj@oksenate.gov, garrisone@oksenate.gov, griffin@oksenate.gov, halligan@oksenate.gov, holt@oksenate.gov, ivester@oksenate.gov, johnsonc@oksenate.gov, johnsonr@oksenate.gov, jolley@oksenate.gov, justice@oksenate.gov, loveless@oksenate.gov, marlatt@oksenate.gov, mazzei@oksenate.gov, mcaffrey@oksenate.gov, newberry@oksenate.gov, paddack@oksenate.gov, schulz@oksenate.gov, sharp@oksenate.gov, shaw@oksenate.gov, shortey@oksenate.gov, shumate@oksenate.gov, simpson@oksenate.gov, sparks@oksenate.gov, standridge@oksenate.gov, stanislawski@oksenate.gov, lewis@oksenate.gov, treat@oksenate.gov, wyrick@oksenate.gov

STEP #3: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin -- How to Contact (VERY IMPORTANT)

Please e-mail Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and urge her to sign HB 2097 if it makes it to her desk.  Tell your story about how e-cigarettes changed your life and note that you vigorously support banning e-cigarette sales to minors.

E-mail her here.  

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Please note that the comments that appear below this post refer to a previous version of HB 2097.

18 comments:

Erik Hauck said...

FA #2 to HB2097 passed apparently.

Kristin Noll-Marsh said...

Erik, it passed in the Senate, but now it must go back to the House and pass before it becomes law. Please read the updated Call to Action information above to see what you can do.

ali z said...

This is just ridiculous. This has nothing to do with health, and everything to do with money.

notmyname said...

They're going to create ANOTHER black market!
These people are supposed to be our servants, but they act like our masters.

Tim Flynn said...

Wish we didn't have to live there to make comments to the oficals

Matthew Mirro said...

I don't live there and just emailed everyone of them to vote No. They need to hear my story of how ecigs helped me quit smoking over 15 months ago, after 18 years of smoking cigarettes. It's just ridiculous to regulate these products when there is so much good that comes out of them. Maybe they should try banning the sale of tobacco instead.

camabelu e said...

I had to reply to this even though I`m Canadian. Because it`s true, and it`s true here as well. I`m sure this is the case world wide - I know it is in the U.K. We have to stop allowing it. WE PAY THEM. They are called PUBLIC SERVANTS for a reason and it`s past time they were reminded of this. My God, but we have been complacent. And please, don`t believe for one second that you guys are the only ones guilty of it.. If anything, we`re worse in Canada. We roll over at anything, basically. Enough. I`d like to see us- as a world population, adopt the sort of behaviour seen by Gandhi. Non violence and non compliance. I`ve started writing letters to public officials and while it`s easy to feel that one voice makes no difference, together we have the numbers. Thank God for the internet. Let`s start using it wisely.

Fred Karasek said...

Rob Johnson is a scab, pure and simple. He is IN THE POCKET of big tobacco. He is sans integrity. He is PUSHING an already MOOT point, rejected by the House Health Committee and is WASTING tax payer dollars by continuing to press this BIG TOBACCO ISSUE. Rob Johnson represents his OWN INTERESTS and not those of the good people of Oklahoma. Prove I'm wrong! Nuff said.

Christopher Parmele said...

Just emailed everyone on the list!

Joshua Holbrook said...

who says you do. I live in Indiana and sent a letter stating my experience with e-cigs and that I do not want to see them be taxed excessively or banned because they have helped my health and the health of my family by not being around second hand smoke.

5star13 said...
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ken said...

it sad our government is so corruptible. And even worse the world order is plotting our demise through the food chain which is being controlled by mega companies like Monsanto. I would like to call every human being to take arms against these corrupt individuals and businesses that are only looking to steal from us all. everything we have is at risk. Not just our choice to vape. Its really sad that it has come to this. Thanks all, I needed to vent a little.

SateliteMike said...
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SateliteMike said...

House Floor Agenda - 5/16/2013 1:31:53 PM
Available to Consider 5/16/2013 5:00:51 PM
Tobacco products; modifying provisions related to unlawful acts related to tobacco-derived products or vapor products; tax; fines; emergency.

city said...

thanks for share..

arthur white said...

bottom line is the state is losing tax dollars from everyone that quits smoking got to make up that revenue somehow. This is an opinion

Martha Stewart said...

I am a 45 year old woman who moved to Oklahoma 6 years ago. I smoked cigarettes for 30 years, until I started vaping in November of 2012. I have not had 1 cigarette since 11/13/12 and it is ALL THANKS TO VAPING! Also, in the 9 months that I have been vaping, I have been able to drop my nicotine levels from 36 mg down to 12 mg, which makes a huge difference in the amount of nicotine I am taking in. As a chronic pain patient who must see her doctor every month, I have seen the positive changes already. My blood oxygenation levels are now at 99% - thanks to no longer inhaling carbon monoxide, along with 4,000 to 7,000 other harmful chemicals (depending upon what study you are reading. A minimum of 50 of those chemicals are known carcinogens, including benzene, formaldehyde, acetone, tar arsenic and hydrogen cyanide! WHY WOULD ANYBODY THINK SMOKING CIGARETTES IS A BETTER OPTION! I would be willing to help in any way to keep vaping a legal, reaasonably priced and available option!

Unknown said...

As far as I can determine, this bill either died in House conference or is in Senate conference (both dates 5.24/2013).. is that correct?