Friday, June 5, 2015

Oregon Call to Action (URGENT): Take Action NOW to oppose 2 bills that would SEVERELY limit access to and use of vapor products!

(Update - 06.05.15)


A vapor tax in Oregon is very much on the table as the Legislature is finishing off its budget proposals. Several sources have indicated that a large tobacco company is presently lobbying your elected officials to impose a ‘per mL’ tax on vapor products and e-liquids.

This can be stopped, but you must take action now!

Additionally, we need to send a clear message to members of the Legislature to protect our local vape shops. A bill recently signed by Governor Brown (HB 2546) bans vaping in all indoor public areas, including vape shops. The Legislature has a bill before them that would exempt age-restricted vape shops from the ban (SB 663), but it appears that several legislators are backing off and refusing to support it.

Oppose the sample ban in Oregon - Send an Email

NOW is the time for Oregon vapers to contact your State Representative and Senator and urge them to oppose any new taxes on vapor products AND support amending SB 663 to allow vaping in vape shops.


(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 - 03.28.15)


SB 415 (ban on sales of flavored e-liquid) is scheduled for a work session and will likely move to a vote in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Monday, March 30th at 3:00PM.  Although an amendment has been introduced that would remove the prohibition on flavored e-liquid SB 415 would still prohibit the sale of other flavored low-risk, smoke-free products AND this bill lays the foundation for future prohibition of flavored vapor products.  Please take a moment to send an email to the committee and your state senator urging them to reject SB 415.


  • Oppose SB 415 - Send an Email


HB 2546 (indoor use ban) remains unamended.  We have updated our call to action to include an email worded in opposition to this bill specifically.  Please take a moment now to send it to members of the committee and your state senator.

  • Oppose HB 2546 - Send an Email

(Original Post - 03.22.15)

SB 415 and HB 2546 are scheduled for a public hearing on MONDAY, March 23rd, at 3:00 PM in the Senate Committee on Health in Hearing Room (HR) A of the State Legislature in Salem.  Please make plans to attend this hearing. (As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the building.)


Please take action NOW by sending emails to the committee and your state senator.


Oppose SB 415 & HB 2546 - Send an Email


SB 415 would ban the sales of e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol.  The bill also specifies that the Oregon Health Authority may impose fines of up to $5000 for each violation.  Furthermore, like other anti-vapor bills in Oregon, HB 415 refers to vapor products as “Inhalant Delivery Systems”, a derogatory and intentionally misleading term.


HB 2546 would include vaping in the state’s indoor clean air act.  This bill has already passed the House.  This bill is so extreme that it does not even include an exemption for vape shops.




(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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