Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Montana Call to Action! SB 66 Would Redefine E-Cigarettes as "Tobacco Products"

(Updated - 01.15.2015)

Montana SB 66 seeks to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  Although CASAA is generally supportive of legislation that restricts access to these products by minors, the wording of the current bill carelessly and inappropriately confuses low-risk smoke-free e-cigarettes with combustible tobacco cigarettes by referring to these products as “electronic smoking devices” and including them in the state’s definition of “tobacco products.” We believe this could have far-reaching negative consequences and would set a terrible precedent for future legislation.

A hearing on SB 66 will be held before the Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee on Monday, January 19th at 8:00 AM in Room 422 of the Capitol Building at 1301 East 6th Avenue in Helena, MT 59601.

We have refreshed our campaign for this issue so that all Montana residents can send a message to committee members.

  • To take action now, please click here.  
  • For full committee contact info (phone numbers and email) please see here.

Text of SB 66
Information on Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee

What can you do to help?

  • Attend the hearing on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 8:00 AM: Room 422, Capitol Building, 1301 East 6th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. (As a sign of respect, we ask that you refrain from vaping in the Capitol Building.)
  • Contact your legislators to share your concerns. Let them know that there is a better way to prohibit sales to minors.
    • Click here to send an email, which you can customize or otherwise edit as you may wish.
    • Call your legislators. (Click here for the phone numbers of your legislators.)
  • Share this Call to Action with your friends and family who live in Montana and ask them to take just a few minutes to participate and make a difference on an issue that is personally important to you.

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