Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

(Update 4.30.15)
FirstHB 145 SD1 would deceptively redefine “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes for the purpose of imposing a punitive and unreasonable 80% wholesale tax on vapor products.

This bill is currently being heard in the conference committee Thursday, April 30th at 9:15 AM.

Please take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers and committee members urging them to oppose this bill.

(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.

(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.


Second, please also participate in the Hawaii Vapers United Call to Action for SB 1030 and HB 525  here.



(Update - 04.12.15)


Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action from Hawaii Vapers United on HB 940 which would include vapor products in Hawaii’s anti-smoking law.



HB 940 - Deadline: Tuesday, 4-14-15


(Update - 04.04.15)


Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action on multiple bills from Hawaii Vapers United. You can access their "testimony tool" in the links below.


HB 586 - Deadline: 9:00 AM Tuesday, 4-7-15 (but you can still submit all the way up until the hearing at 9:00 AM Wednesday, 4-8-15)


SB 1032 - Deadline: 2:00 PM Tuesday 4-7-15 (but you can still submit all the way up until the hearing at 2:00 PM Wednesday, 4-8-15)


SB 145 SD2 - Deadline: 9:00 AM Wednesday, 4-8-15 (but you can still submit all the way up until the hearing at 9:00 AM Thursday, 4-9-15)


Send an email opposing ALL vapor related bills in Hawaii






(Update - 03.22.15)


Please see the latest update and opportunity to take action on SB 1032 from Hawaii Vapers United.
  • You can access their "testimony tool" here.



The deadline to submit comments is 2:45PM TODAY, Sunday, 3/22.

Please Take Action NOW!



(Update 2.26.15)

Hawaii Vapers United has created a tool for Hawaii advocates to submit testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for SB 1220 and SB 1032. You can submit testimony up until the hearing at 1:00 PM Friday, 2-27-15. 
Link for testimony for SB 1220
Link for testimony for SB 1032


(Original Post)

Numerous bills have been introduced in the Hawaii Legislature that threaten the health and welfare of vapers, smokers, and small businesses in Hawaii.  The Hawaii vaping community has faced these threats before, but this year we are under attack by opponents that have set their sights on two goals -- big taxes and usage bans.  Your Hawaii legislators need to hear from you.


The Most Threatening Bills Being Considered:


SB 1220 & HB 1164 would: Define e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” and subject all nicotine-containing vapor products to a tax of 80% of wholesale price


SB 1032 & HB 1184 would: Define e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” and subject all nicotine-containing vapor products to a tax of 70% of wholesale price


SB 299 would: Subject all nicotine-containing vapor products, as well as “electronic smoking device kits,” to a tax of 30% of wholesale price.


SB 18, SB 757, SB 1109 & HB 940 would: Define use of an “electronic smoking device” as “smoking” and ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned in Hawaii.


Step by Step to Hawaii Vaping Advocacy


(1) Take action NOW by sending two editable emails through CASAA’s website


(2) If you visit the Hawaii’s Legislature’s website for each individual bill using the links above, you can submit written testimony directly to the bill file. This is a great way for you to put your story, your thoughts, and scientific documents into the formal record.


(3) Make phone calls to your own representatives in the House and Senate, as well as members of leadership in the House and Senate. Members of leadership are important figures in the Hawaiian State Government and they need to receive respectful phone calls from vapers requesting that they oppose all bills that would limit the affordability or usage of vapor products by adults.


(4) Make phone calls to the members of the House Finance and Senate Ways & Means Committees.These legislators have huge power over the fate of tax bills.  In a brief and respectful manner, ask that they oppose all bills to impose additional taxes on smoke-free vapor products and e-cigarettes.


(5) Due to the sheer number of bills CASAA is tracking across the country and the frequency of hearings in Hawaii, it is not possible for us to continuously update our members on the progress of these bills.  We recommend following the Hawaii Vapers United Facebook page for more frequent updates.


(6) You can also stay up to date on what bills are receiving hearings by following this search page.

(7) Remember, Hawaii Vapers, this is a fight that needs to start now and continue throughout March, April, and into early-May.  Bills in Hawaii tend to be passed through committee very easily, BUT that in no way means that the bills actually become law at the end of the day. We can stop these harmful policies from being law -- just keep fighting.

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