Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Watch CASAA on HuffPost Live Wednesday!

CASAA will be appearing on HuffPost Live Wednesday, March 27th at 1 PM Eastern.

Legislative Director Gregory Conley and other guests, including Dr. Michael Seigel (author of the blog, "The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary") and Ms. Cynthia Hallett (executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights), will be discussing the Contra Costa County, California Board of Supervisors' proposal to include electronic cigarettes in its smoking ordinance. The Board of Supervisors will be voting on the amendment April 9th.

Catch the show live here: HuffPost Live

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Call to Action! West Virginia Smokeless Tobacco Tax Increase of 600%+ -- SB593 & HB3138 (DEFEATED)

West Virginia: 600%+ Increase in Smokeless Tobacco Tax (SB593 & HB3138)

[full text of SB593] [legislative tracking for SB593]
[full text of HB3138] [legislative tracking for HB3138]








UPDATE (4/1/2013): Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone) has admitted that SB593 and its House companion are all but dead. Thank you to those who responded to this Call to Action. If you are from West Virginia, please e-mail the legislators listed below to note your continued opposition to increases in West Virginia's smokeless tobacco tax.


If enacted, these bills would:
Increase West Virginia's tax on smokeless tobacco products from 7% to 50% of wholesale price (please note that these bills would *not* tax e-cigarettes).
The proceeds of the taxes would be distributed as follows: Seventy-five percent to the West Virginia Medical Services Fund (Medicaid); one percent to the Civil Contingent Fund; and the balance to the General Revenue Fund.


These bills would also increase the tax on cigarettes by one dollar (from $0.55 to $1.55 per pack). CASAA does not take positions on taxes related to combustible tobacco products. 

SB539 and HB3138 are currently awaiting hearings in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and the House Health & Human Services Committee, respectively. West Virginia's legislative session ends on April 13, 2013, so swift action is needed to stop these bills from becoming law. If you are in the Charleston, West Virginia area and may be able to testify against the smokeless tax increases, please e-mail CASAA at board@casaa.org.

Please call or write the members of the Human Health and Human Resources Committees in the House and Senate below.

1. Let them know that you oppose SB539 / HB3138 because it would impose an unnecessary and punitive tax increase on smokeless tobacco products.

2. Tell your story on how switching from cigarettes to a far less hazardous smoke-free tobacco product has changed your life.

3. Explain that the purpose of increasing cigarette tax rates was to reimburse state expenditures for treating the many diseases caused by cigarette smoking.  Because smokeless tobacco products have been found to be around 99% less harmful than cigarettes, there is no justification for such an outrageously excessive tax, which would discourage smokers from switching to a less harmful alternative.

4. Sharply increasing the smokeless tobacco tax rate also will encourage former smokers who had switched to using smokeless tobacco products to return to smoking.

5. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

6. Note that an increase in smokeless tobacco taxes will lead to more cross-border sales, as consumers who live near the West Virginia border can easily travel to Virginia ($0.22 per 1.2 oz can), Pennsylvania (no smokeless tax), Kentucky ($0.19 per unit), Ohio (19% of manufacturer's price), and Maryland (30% of manufacturer's price).

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

Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Members (to oppose SB539)

Comma delimited list: 
ron.stollings@frontier.com, evan.jenkins@wvsenate.gov, art.kirkendoll@wvsenate.gov, william.laird@wvsenate.gov, ronald.miller@wvsenate.gov, corey.palumbo@wvsenate.gov, robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov, roman.prezioso@wvsenate.gov, greg.tucker@wvsenate.gov, jack.yost@wvsenate.gov, donnaboley@suddenlink.net, mike.hall@wvsenate.gov, chris.walters@wvsenate.gov


Senator Ron Stollings (D -- Chair) (Boone, 07)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939
ron.stollings@frontier.com

Senator Evan H. Jenkins (D -- Vice Chair) (Cabell, 05)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7956
evan.jenkins@wvsenate.gov

Senator Art Kirkendoll (D - Logan, 07)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7857
art.kirkendoll@wvsenate.gov

Senator William R. Laird IV (D - Fayette, 10)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7849
william.laird@wvsenate.gov

Senator Ronald F. Miller (D - Greenbrier, 10)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7959
ronald.miller@wvsenate.gov

Senator Corey Palumbo (D - Kanawha, 17) (bill sponsor)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7880

Senator Robert H. Plymale (D - Wayne, 05)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937

Senator Roman Prezioso (D - Marion, 13) (bill sponsor)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7961

Senator Gregory A. Tucker (D - Nicholas, 11)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906

Senator Jack Yost (D - Brooke, 01)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7984

Senator Donna J. Boley (R - Pleasants, 03)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905

Senator Mike Hall (R - Putnam, 04)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7901

Senator Chris Walters (R - Putnam, 08)
Room 441M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7866
chris.walters@wvsenate.gov 


House Health and Human Resources Committee Members (to oppose HB3138)

Comma delimited list:
don.perdue@wvhouse.gov, d.perry@wvhouse.gov, joe.ellington@wvhouse.gov, eric.householder@wvhouse.gov, phillip.diserio@wvhouse.gov, jeff.eldridge@wvhouse.gov, denise.campbell@wvhouse.gov, ryan.ferns@wvhouse.gov, barbaraf@wvhouse.gov, lawrencefordelegate@hotmail.com, charlene.marshall@wvhouse.gov, clif.moore@wvhouse.gov, rickymoye@wvhouse.gov, meshea.poore@wvhouse.gov, margaret.staggers@wvhouse.gov, karen.arvon@wvhouse.gov, anna.border@wvhouse.gov, daryl.cowles@wvhouse.gov, larry.faircloth@wvhouse.gov, patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov, carol.miller@wvhouse.gov, amanda@amandapasdon.com, ruth.rowan@wvhouse.gov, kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov 








Delegate Don Perdue (D -- Chair) (Wayne, 19) (bill sponsor)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3269
don.perdue@wvhouse.gov


Delegate David G. Perry (D -- Vice-Chair) (Fayette, 32)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3117 
d.perry@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Joe Ellington (R -- Minority Chair) (Mercer, 27)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3172 
joe.ellington@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Eric Householder (R -- Minority Vice-Chair) (Berkeley, 64)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3274 
eric.householder@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Phil Diserio (D - Brooke, 02)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3367
phillip.diserio@wvhouse.gov 

Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D - Lincoln, 22)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340 - 3113
jeff.eldridge@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Denise Campbell (D - Randolph, 43)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3145 
denise.campbell@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Ryan Ferns (D - Ohio, 03)

Capitol Phone: (304) 280-7133 
ryan.ferns@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D - Monongalia, 51)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3169 
barbaraf@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Tiffany Lawrence (D - Jefferson, 65)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3152 
lawrencefordelegate@hotmail.com

Delegate Charlene Marshall (D - Monongalia, 51)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3900 
charlene.marshall@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Clif Moore (D - McDowell, 26)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3189
clif.moore@wvhouse.gov
Delegate Ricky Moye (D - Raleigh, 29)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3162 
rickymoye@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Measha Poore (D - Kanawha, 37)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3248 
meshea.poore@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Margaret Staggers (D - Fayette, 32)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3197 
margaret.staggers@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Karen Arvon (R - Raleigh, 31)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340 - 3384 
karen.arvon@wvhouse.gov 

Delegate Anna Border (R - Wood, 09)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3136 
anna.border@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Daryl Cowles (R - Morgan, 58)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340 - 3177 
daryl.cowles@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Larry Faircloth (R - Berkeley, 60)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340 - 3147 
larry.faircloth@wvhouse.gov 

Delegate Patrick Lane (R - Kanawha, 38)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3275
patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Carol Miller (R - Cabell, 16)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3176
carol.miller@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Amanda Pasdon (R - Monongalia, 51)

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153 
amanda@amandapasdon.com 

Delegate Ruth Rowan  (R - Hampshire, 57)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3157 
ruth.rowan@wvhouse.gov

Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R - Cabell, 18)
Capitol Phone: (304) 340 - 3175
kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov

Friday, March 22, 2013

THR Advocate Jeff Stier Protests Israeli Proposal to Ban E-Cigarette Sales (and how you can help stop it)


According to the Jerusalem Post, a committee of Israel's Ministry of Health has recommended that Israel enact a regulation that would ban the production, importation, and marketing of electronic cigarettes for a period of 5 years.  This would mean that the 22%+ of adult Israelis who smoke cigarettes would be able to freely buy real cigarettes (the kind that kill approximately 10,000 Israelis every year), but would not be able to purchase low-risk, smoke-free electronic cigarettes.

Jeff Stier of the National Center for Public Policy Research, who recently spoke about harm reduction at a conference in Israel co-sponsored with the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, has sent a letter to Dr. Boaz Lev, the deputy director general who led the committee that recommended the 5-year ban. 

Stier is an ardent ally and THR advocate who has co-written two articles on e-cigarettes with CASAA Legislative Director Gregory Conley. You can follow him on Twitter at @JeffAStier.

CASAA is encouraging its members to comment on this article on the Israeli Government's website [the link is to a Google Translation version of the article -- you can comment in English].  Our hope is that the testimony from tens or hundreds of vapers who have had their lives changed by e-cigarettes will lead Dr. Lev to modify his recommendation.

Stier's letter to Dr. Lev is printed below.

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Dear Mr. Boaz:

I’m writing to ask you to take a critical look at the factual and scientific basis for the recommendation of a five-year ban on E-cigarettes. I also ask you to take into account the unintended consequences of such a rule.

The report states that there are carcinogens in E-cigarettes and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about them in 2009. Carcinogens are found in hundreds of foods and beverages such as chips, bread, coffee, and wine. Even barbecued food produces carcinogens.  The FDA, in a rush to issue a cautionary statement, failed to take this cardinal rule of toxicology into account:  It is the amount of exposure that matters. Because the levels of carcinogens found by the FDA in E-cigarettes was trace -- about the same levels as found in FDA-approved nicotine gum and the patch -- the FDA’s statement has since been widely criticized by scientists and disregarded by judges sitting in two different U.S. federal courts.  Moreover, the FDA has not acted to regulate E-cigarettes, which are still legal for adults throughout the U.S.

Just this month, the British Medical journal’s anti-tobacco journal, Tobacco Control, published a study:

that finds that E-cigarettes are 9-450 times lower in toxins that cigarettes, putting them in a category similar to FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies.

It is critical to note that cigarettes are harmful because smokers burn tobacco and inhale the smoke. Nicotine is the addictive component of cigarettes, but it is not particularly harmful. It is much like the caffeine in soda. It is too much soda that can make one gain weight, not the caffeine. E-cigarettes contain zero tobacco and there is no combustion. Furthermore, the nicotine used in E-cigarettes is pharmaceutical grade and not unlike the nicotine used in products like the gum and the patch.

The report also claimed that E-cigarettes are not effective at helping people quit smoking.  There is a tremendous amount of anecdotal evidence that cigarette smokers who haven’t been able to quit have finally quit smoking with the help of E-cigarettes. This is consistent with everything we know about the complexity and difficulty of smoking cessation. E-cigarettes meet certain users’ need for hand-to-mouth activity, a puff of smoke, or in this case, vapor, and self-dosed nicotine, just like in smoking. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes are also available for those who prefer that option. And now, more and more scientific data is coming in to support this conclusion. Some of those studies are listed at:

Education about the dangers of smoking have led to lower smoking rates. But too many people continue to smoke cigarettes, and public health experts are concerned that we are having a hard time lowering the rate below current levels by education alone. This is why the field of "tobacco harm reduction" is so promising. Just like clean-needle programs and methadone clinics provide less risky alternatives to at-risk populations, tobacco harm reduction offers a compassionate and effective alternative to “abstinence only” methods that, for many smokers, lead to repeated failures and a return to cigarette smoking.

There is real-world data that supports the efficacy of tobacco harm reduction. Long-term population-wide studies in Sweden show that men who use snus, a form of smokeless tobacco, don’t smoke cigarettes, and, not surprisingly, have health profiles that match those of non-smokers. It is no wonder Swedish men have the lowest rates of tobacco-related diseases, including heart disease and lung cancer, throughout Europe. Because of the widespread use of snus as an alternative to smoking in Sweden, snus is a lifesaver.

E-cigarettes, which contain no tobacco, may not appeal to all smokers. But because they present negligible risks at most and are a valuable tool to help smokers quit, the government should not stand in the way of their availability for even one day. For every day a smoker continues to use cigarettes instead of potentially switching to a less-harmful product, that smoker increases his risks from the well-documented and wide-ranging fatal diseases that come from cigarette smoking.

Sincerely,
Jeff Stier
Director, Risk Analysis Division, National Center for Public Policy Research
Washington, DC
jeffstier@gmail.com

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Call to Action! Connecticut E-Cigarette Usage Ban -- SB 990 (UPDATED)

Connecticut: Attempt to Add E-Cigarettes to "Smoking" Ban -- SB 990


This bill would:
Ban the use of e-cigarettes in any public place where smoking is prohibited.

Because Connecticut law bans "smoking" in any tobacco shop that has changed its size or opened since the end of 2002, e-cigarette usage would also be banned in brick & mortar e-cigarette stores stores across Connecticut. 


Full text of SB 990 
Legislative tracking for SB 990

UPDATE (3/17/2013): The Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing on SB 990 on Friday, March 15th.  Due to the volume of people who testified on other bills before the committee, two CASAA directors and over a dozen vapers waited over 14 hours to testify.  Video of the testimony can be found hereCASAA Director Gregory Conley's testimony was filmed separately and will be posted soon.   

The committee has not yet voted on SB 990, and thus e-mails and phone calls in opposition to SB 990 are still needed


Please call, write or fax the members of the Joint Committee on Public Health below

What to say:
1. You would like them to vote NO on SB 990.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

3. Explain how electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette, from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke.


4. If you are a Connecticut resident and currently vape in public, talk your experience.  Do businesses you frequent allow you to vape?  What about your office? 


5. Let them know that vapor does not behave in the same manner as smoke. There is no "side stream" vapor like the side stream smoke coming from the lit end of a cigarette. There is also no ash or litter. With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

6. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users indicate that the majority of those who switch, completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%.

7. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

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

Joint Committee on Public Health -- Who to Contact

The legislators on the Joint Committee on Public Health can be contacted both by e-mail and using the phone numbers listed below.  

Senate Democrats 860-240-8600; Senate Republicans 860-240-8800
House Democrats 860-240-8500; House Republicans 860-240-8700

Committee Members from the Senate:
Senator Terry B. Gerratana (D) (Chair) - terry.gerratana@cga.ct.gov
Senator Gayle S. Slossberg (D) (Vice Chair) - gayle.slossberg@cga.ct.gov
Senator Jason C. Welch (R) (Ranking Member) - Jason.Welch@cga.ct.gov
Senator Danté Bartolomeo (D) - Dante.Bartolomeo@cga.ct.gov
Senator Anthony J. Musto (D) - anthony.musto@cga.ct.gov 
Senator Robert J. Kane (R) - Rob.Kane@cga.ct.gov

Committee Members from the House:
Rep. Susan M. Johnson (D) Chair) - Susan.Johnson@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Philip J. Miller (D) (Vice Chair) - Philip.Miller@cga.ct.gov 
Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R) (Ranking Member) - prasad.srinivasan@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. Mike Demicco (D) - Mike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Peter A. Tercyak (D) - Peter.Tercyak@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Melissa H. Ziobron (R) - Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. Emmett D. Riley (D) - Emmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Christopher Davis (R) - christopher.davis@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. David Alexander (D) - David.Alexander@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Peggy Sayers (D) - Peggy.Sayers@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Michelle L. Cook (D) - Michelle.Cook@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Whit Betts (R) - whit.betts@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. David Zoni (D) - David.Zoni@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Patricia M. Widlitz (D) - Patricia.Widlitz@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Theresa W. Conroy (D) - Theresa.Conroy@cga.ct.gov
Rep. David A. Scribner (R) - David.Scribner@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. David Arconti (D) - David.Arconti@cga.ct.gov
Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R) - DebraLee.Hovey@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. Jason Perillo (R) - jason.perillo@housegop.ct.gov 
Rep. Themis Klarides (R) - Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov
Rep. James Maroney (D) - James.Maroney@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Kevin Ryan (D) - Kevin.Ryan@cga.ct.gov

Comma delimited list:
PHC.Testimony@cga.ct.gov, terry.gerratana@cga.ct.gov, gayle.slossberg@cga.ct.gov, jason.welch@cga.ct.gov, dante.bartolomeo@cga.ct.gov, anthony.musto@cga.ct.gov, rob.kane@cga.ct.gov, susan.johnson@cga.ct.gov, philip.miller@cga.ct.gov, prasad.srinivasan@housegop.ct.gov, mike.demicco@cga.ct.gov, peter.tercyak@cga.ct.gov, melissa.ziobron@housegop.ct.gov, emmett.riley@cga.ct.gov, christopher.davis@housegop.ct.gov, david.alexander@cga.ct.gov, peggy.sayers@cga.ct.gov, michelle.cook@cga.ct.gov, whit.betts@housegop.ct.gov, david.zoni@cga.ct.gov, patricia.widlitz@cga.ct.gov, theresa.conroy@cga.ct.gov, david.scribner@housegop.ct.gov, david.arconti@cga.ct.gov, debralee.hovey@housegop.ct.gov, jason.perillo@housegop.ct.gov, themis.klarides@housegop.ct.gov, james.maroney@cga.ct.gov, kevin.ryan@cga.ct.gov

Friday, March 15, 2013

Call to Action! Minnesota Bills to Impose 95% Tax on E-Cigarettes -- HF 91 / HF 509 / SF 144 / SF 209 (ENDED)

UPDATE (5/22/2013)CASAA is disappointed to report that HF 677, which used the same tax language found in the below bills, passed the Minnesota Legislature.  Minnesota's tax on e-cigarettes is now 95% wholesale price. 

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Minnesota: 95% Wholesale Tax on E-Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco, and Dissolvable Tobacco Products (HF 91 / HF 509 / SF 144 / SF 209)


In 2010, while e-cigarette advocates were busy fighting proposed bans on the sale of e-cigarettes, the Minnesota State Legislature quietly amended their tobacco tax statutes. The definition of "tobacco product" was changed so as to encompass any nicotine-containing product that is derived from tobacco.  As of August of 2010, there has been a tax of 70% applied to the wholesale price of e-cigarettes with nicotine, as well as smokeless tobacco and dissolvable tobacco.

Minnesota is the only state in the United States to tax e-cigarette sales [for more details on the 2010 bill, see this ECF post].

HF 91, HF 509, SF 144, and SF 209 are all currently awaiting hearings before the House Committee on Taxes (HF 91), the House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance (HF 509), and the Senate Committee on Taxes (SF 144 and 209). If you are from the Minnesota area and think you could attend and testify at a legislative hearing on this subject, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org. In the meantime, the collective action of all vapers is needed to stop these tax increases.

House Bill 91 (HF 91): [full text] [legislative tracking]
House Bill 91 (HF 509): [full text] [legislative tracking]
Senate Bill 144 (SF 144): [full text] [legislative tracking]
Senate Bill (SF 209): [full text] [legislative tracking]

If enacted, any of these 4 bills would:

Increase the tax on "tobacco products" like e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and dissolvable tobacco to 95% wholesale price.* That represents a 36% increase from the already excessive 70% wholesale tax imposed under the 2010 bill.

* This Call to Action previously indicated that the proposed tax was 110%.  It's actually 95%.  

Please call or write the members of the House Committee on Taxes, the House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance & the Senate Committee on Taxes below: 

What to say:


1. You oppose HF 91 / HF 509 / SF 144 / SF 209 because the bills would further raise the arbitrary and counter-productive tax on  products like e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and dissolveable tobacco.   

2. Tell your story on how switching to a smoke-free tobacco product has changed your life.

3. Explain that the purpose of increasing cigarette taxes has been to cover governmental healthcare expenditure caused by smoking and to discourage smoking. But since all smoke-free tobacco products are 98-99% less hazardous than cigarettes, there is no fiscal or public health justification for such a hefty tax.

4. Since many/most e-cigarette sales are made online, enactment of this legislation would send more e-cigarette consumers online to buy e-cigarettes.  Convenience stores and brick-and-mortar stores in MN would be unable to compete against out-of-state and international online suppliers.


5. Highlight how Minnesota is the only state that taxes e-cigarettes, and that bills to do so in other states have failed in committee.

5. Many smokers who switch to less hazardous electronic cigarettes do so because e-cigarettes are less expensive than cigarettes. Increasing the costs of e-cigarettes to that of cigarettes would discourage many smokers from switching to e-cigarettes. It could also encourage some e-cigarette consumers to go back to cigarette smoking.


6. Remind them that under current law, Minnesota's cigarette tax is $1.23 per pack.  If an e-cigarette retailer purchases a disposable e-cigarette for $4.00 at wholesale, the retailer currently pays a tax of $2.80 (70% of $4.00).  Under HF 91 / SF 209, the tax would be $3.80 (95% of $4.00)!  Ask them to explain why an e-cigarette user should pay a higher effective tax rate than cigarette smokers. 

7. Ask them to consider introducing an amendment to modify Minnesota's definition of "tobacco product" so that the State no longer imposes any taxes on e-cigarettes. 

House Committee on Taxes (to oppose HF 91) -- comma delimited list:
rep.ann.lenczewski@house.mn, rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn, rep.greg.davids@house.mn, rep.sarah.anderson@house.mn, rep.tom.anzelc@house.mn, rep.bob.barrett@house.mn, rep.john.benson@house.mn, rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn, rep.jim.davnie@house.mn, rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn, rep.ron.erhardt@house.mn, rep.pat.garofalo@house.mn, rep.rick.hansen@house.mn, rep.john.lesch@house.mn, rep.tina.liebling@house.mn, rep.leon.lillie@house.mn, rep.jenifer.loon@house.mn, rep.tara.mack@house.mn, rep.paul.marquart@house.mn, rep.carly.melin@house.mn, rep.pam.myhra@house.mn, rep.michael.paymar@house.mn, rep.joyce.peppin@house.mn, rep.linda.runbeck@house.mn, rep.dan.schoen@house.mn, rep.erik.simonson@house.mn, rep.linda.slocum@house.mn, rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn

House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance (to oppose HF 509) -- comma delimited list:

rep.thomas.huntley@house.mn, rep.kim.norton@house.mn, rep.jim.abeler@house.mn, rep.susan.allen@house.mn, rep.matt.dean@house.mn, rep.peter.fischer@house.mn, rep.patti.fritz@house.mn, rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn, rep.laurie.halverson@house.mn, rep.melissa.hortman@house.mn, rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn, rep.tina.liebling@house.mn, rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn, rep.tara.mack@house.mn, rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn, rep.rena.moran@house.mn, rep.jerry.newton@house.mn, rep.duane.quam@house.mn, rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn, rep.nick.zerwas@house.mn, rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn 

Senate Committee on Taxes (to oppose SF 144 & SF 209) -- comma delimited list:
sen.rod.skoe@senate.mn, sen.ann.rest@senate.mn, sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn, thomas.bakk@senate.mn, sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn, sen.kari.dziedzic@senate.mn, sen.chris.eaton@senate.mn, sen.lyle.koenen@senate.mn, sen.john.marty@senate.mn, sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn, sen.roger.reinert@senate.mn, sen.david.senjem@senate.mn, sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn


Members of House Committee on Taxes (to oppose HF 91):

Ann Lenczewski (DFL) (Chair)
509 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4218

Diane Loeffler (DFL) (Vice Chair)
503 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4219

Greg Davids (R) (Republican Lead)
283 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9278

Sarah Anderson (R)
237 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5511

Tom Anzelc (DFL)
517 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4936

Bob Barrett (R)
287 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5377

John Benson (DFL)
417 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9934

Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL)
479 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4255

Jim Davnie (DFL)
445 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0173

Steve Drazkowski (R)
289 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2273

Ron Erhardt (DFL)
543 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4363

Pat Garofalo (R)
247 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1069

Rick Hansen (DFL)
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6828

John Lesch (DFL)
537 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4224

Tina Liebling (DFL)
367 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0573

Leon Lillie (DFL)
371 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1188

Jenifer Loon (R)
261 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7449

Tara Mack (R)
345 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5506

Paul Marquart (DFL)
597 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6829

Carly Melin (DFL)
515 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0172

Pam Myhra (R)
217 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4212

Michael Paymar (DFL)
563 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4199

Joyce Peppin (R)
281 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7806

Linda Runbeck (R)
295 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2907

Dan Schoen (DFL)
533 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4342

Erik Simonson (DFL)
429 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4246

Linda Slocum (DFL)
415 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7158

Kurt Zellers (R)
351 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5502


Members of the House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance (to oppose HF 509):



Thomas Huntley (DFL) (Chair)
585 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2228             
rep.thomas.huntley@house.mn

Kim Norton (DFL) (Vice Chair)
593 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9249
rep.kim.norton@house.mn

Jim Abeler (R) (Republican Lead)
203 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1729
rep.jim.abeler@house.mn

Susan Allen (DFL)
577 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7152
rep.susan.allen@house.mn

Matt Dean (R)
301 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3018
rep.matt.dean@house.mn

Peter Fischer (DFL)
421 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5363
rep.peter.fischer@house.mn

Patti Fritz (DFL)
437 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8237
rep.patti.fritz@house.mn

Glenn Gruenhagen (R)
241 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4229
rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn

Laurie Halverson (DFL)
407 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4128
rep.laurie.halverson@house.mn

Melissa Hortman (DFL)
377 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4280
rep.melissa.hortman@house.mn

Carolyn Laine (DFL)
485 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4331
rep.carolyn.laine@house.mn

Tina Liebling (DFL)
367 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0573
rep.tina.liebling@house.mn

Diane Loeffler (DFL)
503 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4219
rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn

Tara Mack (R)
345 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5506
rep.tara.mack@house.mn

Joe McDonald (R)
291 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4336
rep.joe.mcdonald@house.mn

Rena Moran (DFL)
413 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5158
rep.rena.moran@house.mn

Jerry Newton (DFL)
575 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5369
rep.jerry.newton@house.mn

Duane Quam (R)
323 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9236
rep.duane.quam@house.mn

Joe Schomacker (R)
393 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5505
rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn

Nick Zerwas (R)
303 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4237
rep.nick.zerwas@house.mn

Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL)
479 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4255
rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn


Members of the Senate Committee on Taxes (to oppose SF 144 and SF 209): 

Rod Skoe (DFL) (Chair)
235 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-4196 

Ann H. Rest (DFL) (Vice Chair)
235 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-2889  

Julianne E. Ortman (R) (Republican Lead)
119 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
651-296-4837 
           
Thomas M. Bakk (DFL)
226 Capitol         
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-8881

Roger C. Chamberlain (R)
129 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
651-296-1253    

Kari Dziedzic (DFL)
320 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-7809    
           
Chris A. Eaton (DFL)
321 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-8869   
           
Lyle Koenen (DFL)
124 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-5094
           
John Marty (DFL)
323 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-5645      
           
Carla J. Nelson (R)
117 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
651-296-4848     

Roger J. Reinert (DFL)
325 Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
651-296-4188    
           
David H. Senjem (R)
113 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
651-296-3903     
           
Dave Thompson (R)
131 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
651-296-5252    

Originally posted: March 3, 2013