Thursday, June 25, 2015

Connecticut Call to Action: Take action to oppose ANY new tax on vapor products!

Vapor taxes in Connecticut may be back on the table as the legislature scrambles to finish the state’s budget. It is vital that Connecticut vapers take action now by reaching out to lawmakers and urging them to oppose any bill that would enact taxes on vapor products.

Oppose Vapor Taxes in Connecticut - Send an Email

In addition to contacting lawmakers from your district, please take a moment to connect with house and senate leadership. We have provided contact information and talking points below.


Connecticut - House and Senate Leadership
Sen. Martin M. Looney
1.800.842.1420
Sen. Bob Duff
Bob.Duff@cga.ct.gov
1.800.842.1420
Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey
Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
1.800.842.1902
Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov
1.800.842.8267



(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.

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

1).  Ostensibly, taxes on tobacco products are intended to discourage use.  However, due to the fact that e-cigarettes are neither tobacco nor shown to be a threat to public health, discouraging use is counter to goals of reducing smoking rates.

2).  Sin Taxes are regressive.  The smoking population, those switching to vaping, is disproportionately made up of poor and low-income people.  Sin Taxes place unnecessary burdens on an already financially challenged group.

3). Imposing a tax on these products will drive consumers to shop in neighboring cities and/or states that do not have a similar tax.  Concurrently, consumers will be encouraged to shop online for better deals sending even more money out of the community.  Local businesses will not be able to compete, be forced to close their doors, and jobs will be lost.

4).  Taxing e-cigarettes in a manner similar to how cigarettes are taxed sends a confusing and inaccurate message to would-be adopters that these two very different products present similar risks.  The result of this message is that more people, those that otherwise would have switched to a smoke-free product, will be encouraged to continue smoking.

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