Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vermont Call to Action: Take Action Now to oppose attempt to limit adult access to e-cigarettes


(Update - 05.12.15)

SB 139 has moved to conference committee and is on the agenda for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00AM.  Please take a moment now to send a message to the members of the committee urging them to reject this bill.


To be clear, this is not a public hearing.  It is vitally important that you reach out to the members of the conference committee TONIGHT and urge them to remove the vapor tax and indoor use ban portions of this bill.


(Update - 05.02.15)

SB 139 has narrowly passed the house with the addition of Rep. Jewett’s amendment that would tax e-cigarettes at 46%, as well as add vaping to the state's indoor anti-smoking law.  The bill will now move back to the senate for concurrence.
Please take action NOW by sending a message to and calling your senator urging them to oppose this change to SB 139.

Oppose Anti-vaping Amendments to SB 139


(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.





(Update - 05.01.15)

Vermont Senate Bill 139 is currently on the floor of the House and is the target of an amendment that would enact a 46% wholesale tax on vapor products as well as prohibit use in thousands of Vermont workplaces including vapor retail shops.

Please take action NOW by sending a message to and calling your Vermont Representatives and urge them to vote “NO” on Representative Jewett’s amendment to SB 139.

Oppose Anti-vaping Amendments to SB 139
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(Update - 03/17/15)


Vermont House Bill 233 would tax “tobacco substitutes” (vapor products containing nicotine) at an outrageous 92% of wholesale price.  This is the same rate paid on “other tobacco products” in Vermont. A similar proposal nearly passed the Legislature last year.  HB233 is currently before the House Ways & Means Committee. This bill could be moved on as early as this week (week of 3/16)!


Please take action now to oppose this outrageous tax on low-risk vapor products in Vermont!




Please also make respectful phone calls to members of the House Ways & Means Committee to tell your story and ask for their ‘No’ vote on HB 233. Please keep in mind that these phone numbers are the personal contact lines for these legislators. Please call during normal business hours ONLY.




(Original Post)

A bill (HB 59) that would ban the sale of flavored e-liquid, with the sole exception of menthol, has been introduced in Vermont by Representatives Komline, Clarkson, Krowinski, Poirier, and Till.  Even though this bill would practically eliminate all vapor products and vapor retailers in Vermont, flavored cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah products would continue to be legally available.


This is government at its most dangerous -- leaving cigarettes freely available on the market while banning the vast majority of the products that actually help smokers quit.




Please take action now to protect consumer access to most effective smoke-free products in Vermont.

(Please note: We are anticipating additional legislation will be introduced in Vermont.  We will update this Call to Action as details emerge.)




(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.

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