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:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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