Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Call to Action! Senate Commerce Committee Hearing June 18, 2014 regarding E-Cigarettes

Last month, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing to discuss e-cigarettes.  The only two presenters were Mitch Zeller (FDA) and Tim McAfee (CDC). Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 18th, 2014), the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will meet to discuss e-cigarettes and, once again, consumers have been excluded, as well as the small businesses that provide the diversity in the marketplace that benefits consumers. 

As we did for the Senate hearing last month, CASAA has created a CQ Roll Call campaign for our members to let their senators know how important it is for consumers and small businesses to be involved in these discussions. (CASAA is a consumer organization, not an industry representative. We firmly believe that consumers are best served by a diverse marketplace, and it is therefore imperative that the small businesses that provide the high-quality, advanced products that the vast majority of our members use also be included in discussions designed to inform responsible legislative policy.) 

If you live in one of the below-listed states, you have a senator on the Senate Commerce Committee, and we are asking that you take a moment to participate in the CQ Roll Call Campaign to send a letter and call your senator:
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

If you plan to substantially edit the email, you may wish to copy the text into a word processing program and make the edits there, then copy and paste back into the CQ Roll Call email.  We have had two reports over the last several months that CQ Roll Call might "reset" when you keep the window open for a long time or when you open a separate browser window, causing you to lose any unique text you've added (and reverting back to the original).  


Anonymous said...

No Massachusetts in there? Isn't Markey and Warren part of this?

kathologist said...

Left msg w/ Nicole [after 13 min.on hold] in Boxer's DC office. Nicole could not tell me if Boxer has ever met with people who vape, if there has been any information used beyond the ALA. ACS. CDC. (No) Directed them to the casaa website.

Denise said...

I sent a email..I hope they listen does not feel like I live in the USA anymore

rbnye said...

Done, called and emailed. Thanks for getting this up on roll-call so quickly. Nebraska is mobilizing as we speak.

Terri Krikie said...

Illinois is not listed. I would be willing to email any/all Senators on this committee.

Ecig Deland said...

done, thank you for reminding us all to chip in.

steph88 said...

I sent an email to Texas Senate

Unknown said...

No Illinois in the list, Dick Durbin is a true enemy of the vapers and needs to get an attitude change!

Anonymous said...

CT Senator - Blumenthal is a strong opponent of vaping as well!

Ricardo Vidal said...

Done, I sent an email to Senator Bob Nelson. Thank you for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

I got this from him
Thank you for contacting me regarding electronic cigarettes. I appreciate hearing from you.

In April 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlined its proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. Consistent with current tobacco regulation, electronic cigarette manufacturers would be required to register product and ingredient listings and only assert marketing claims of reduced risk if they are scientifically confirmed by the FDA. Additionally, minimum age and identification restrictions would be placed on the sale of these products.

Recent FDA studies have found significant quality control issues with electronic cigarettes such as the presence of carcinogens and toxic chemicals, variations in the doses of nicotine in each inhalation, and the presence of nicotine in products claiming to be nicotine-free. Despite the lack of evaluation on the effects of these products, their popularity and user base continue to grow, especially amongst teenagers.

According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 21 percent of adults who smoked traditional cigarettes had also tried electronic cigarettes in 2011, a number that doubled since the previous year. From 2011 to 2012 the total number of middle school and high school aged children that had tried electronic cigarettes also doubled.

I will keep your views in mind as I work with my colleagues and the FDA to ensure the safe and responsible advailability of electronic cigarettes.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to stay in touch.

Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

Kristin Noll-Marsh said...

Massachusetts is listed.

Lori Stacy said...

I am from such a backward hip town in Va. that some friends and I went out to eat, and have a couple of drinks. We had out e-cig's with us. And this is only the second place to open in 4 years that even served drinks or beer. This place told us we could not use the e-cig's in there place. I believe our rights where violated and I promised to look into it? So can anyone help me out here cause we had to leave that place.