Thursday, March 5, 2015

Connecticut Call to Action: Multiple bills threaten access to and use of electronic cigarettes!

(Update - 03/05/15)

HB 5449, HB 6283, and HB 6290 are currently scheduled to  be heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015.  As described below, both of these bills would limit access to, and awareness of, vapor products and severely diminish their effectiveness and appeal to adult smokers.

Please take action now by (1) planning to attend the public hearing and offering testimony, and (2) sending a message to the committee and your state lawmakers urging them to oppose these bills.

(Original Post)

Three bills have been introduced in the Connecticut Legislature that threaten the health and welfare of vapers, smokers, and small businesses in Connecticut.  At the current time, the full texts of these bills are not available, but it is plainly clear that some members of the Connecticut Legislature are aiming to snuff out the vapor industry in Connecticut.

Please take action now against the below-described bills

Of particular concern is HB 6283 which would:
  • redefine e-cigarettes as “tobacco products,”
  • prohibit use where smoking is banned,
  • prohibit flavors,
  • impose (as of yet undisclosed) marketing restrictions,
  • enact (as of yet undisclosed) “strict” manufacturing standards,
  • impose (as of yet undisclosed) labeling requirements
  • impose warning label requirements similar to what is required for traditional cigarettes.

HB 5449 would redefine “smoking” to include “the use of electronic cigarettes” for the purpose of including vaping in the state’s indoor clean air law.

HB 6290 would extend advertising restrictions for tobacco products to include vapor products.  Although CASAA supports restricting access to e-cigarettes by minors, a perhaps unintended consequence of the proposed advertising regulations in this bill will be to limit adult awareness of these products.  Given the current familiarity adult smokers have with combustible cigarettes, it would be unethical to impede their awareness of low risk, smoke-free alternatives.

  • Oppose bills that would limit adult access to vapor products in CT - Send an Email

**Please be aware that this is the beginning of the legislative session and we may see additional bills introduced.  We will update this call to action as needed.

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