Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Delaware Call to Action: Oppose HB 5 which would prohibit vaping where smoking is currently banned.

(Update - 06.09.15)

HB 5 has been placed on the Senate Agenda for Thursday, June 11th, 2015.


Although it is encouraging to hear that an amendment would allow some businesses to continue to allow vaping in their establishments, we are still recommending that Delaware members oppose HB 5. This bill would still prohibit vaping in thousands of public indoor places thereby dangerously misrepresenting the risks of vapor products to the public.

Oppose HB 5 - Send an Email





(Update - 05.09.15)


HB 5 has been assigned to the Senate Health & Social Services Committee and will most likely be scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 PM.





As previously mentioned, although an amendment (HA 4) was passed in the House that allows for the use of vapor products in dedicated vapor retail shops, this bill would still deceptively equate vaping with smoking and prohibit use in thousands of other workplaces throughout Delaware.




(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 - 05.06.15)


The Delaware House of Representatives passed HB 5 by a vote of 29(Y) to 11(N).  The bill now moves on to the Senate.  Although HB 5 was somewhat favorably amended to provide an exemption for vapor shops, CASAA opposes any laws that would restrict where vapor products can be used by adults and we urge our members to continue expressing opposition to this bill.


Please take a moment now to send a message to Delaware Senators urging them to oppose this bill.









(Update - 04.30.15)


HB 5 (Indoor Vaping Ban) is on the House Agenda for today, Thursday, April 30th, 2015.  Please take a moment to send an email your representatives and urge them to oppose this bill.  If you have already sent an email, please call your lawmakers and let them know you are opposed to any bill that would restrict where vapor products can be used.


Although we are opposed to this bill in its entirety, if you feel so inclined as to advocate for an exemption for use in vapor retail stores, mention that you are supportive of amendment “H1.”




(Update - 04.13.15)

HB 5 has passed out of committee. It is important that vapers continue to act as this bill could be heard in the Delaware House of Representatives as early as April 20th, 2015.


For those that have not participated in our call to action, please take a moment now to send an email and make a call to your representative and members of the committee.

(Update - 03.30.15)

HB 5 is set for a hearing in the House Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday, April 1st at 3:30 PM.  Please make plans to attend this hearing.  For talking points to help you develop your comments please see here.

For those that have not participated in our call to action, please take a moment now to send an email and make a call to your representative and members of the committee.



(Update - 03.28.15)

Two amendments have been offered to HB 5.  HA 1 would carve out an exemption for vapor retail shops.  HA 2, on the other hand, would limit that exemption to a two-year period.  Although this is clearly a step in the right direction, HA 2 is unacceptable.  Furthermore, despite an exemption for vapor shops, HB 5 would still force thousands of businesses and workplaces in Delaware to prohibit vaping indoors regardless of what they might feel is the best policy for their establishment.

At this time, we are continuing to recommend our Delaware members to oppose HB 5.  If you have not done so already, please take this opportunity to send an email to your state representatives urging them to oppose HB 5 and any bills that would limit where smoke-free vapor products can be used by adults.



(Update - 03.24.15)

HB 5 has been removed from the agenda for tomorrow’s committee meeting.  It is likely the bill will be added to the agenda for next Wednesday afternoon (04/01/15).  We will alert Delaware members when we have confirmation.

In the meantime, please continue to send emails and make phone calls to your state representatives.

(Original Post - 03.21.15)

Delaware House Bill 5 would deceptively alter the state’s definition of “smoking” to include the use of an “electronic smoking device” for the purpose of including vaping in Delaware’s Indoor Clean Air Act.  Aside from the obvious confusion caused by equating vaping with smoking, HB 5 does not even carve out an exemption for vapor retail stores.


Please take action now by sending a message and calling your district representative as well as committee members.




HB 5 is scheduled for a public hearing:
in the House Chamber.  


Please make plans to attend this hearing.  Even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is important as it demonstrates the many people affected by and engaged in this issue. (As a sign of respect, we ask that you refrain from vaping in the building.)




(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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