Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Louisiana Call to Action! Take action to oppose a new tax on vapor products (HB 119).

(Update - 06.10.15)
The Louisiana Legislature is about to take its final steps on, HB 119, a bill that would impose an unnecessary and counterproductive tax on vapor products.

In the next 24 hours, a conference committee made up of a total of six members from the House and Senate will meet to decide, among other things, whether to keep or remove (or possibly even increase!) the vapor products tax.  

Oppose HB 119 - Send an Email

If you live in one of the following districts which is represented by a member of the conference committee, please take action HERE.

LA - SB 119 Conference Committee
Take Action!
Rep. Lance Harris
H - 25
Rep. Harold Ritchie
H - 75
Rep. Joel Robideaux
H - 45
Sen. Jack Donahue
S - 11
Sen. Robert Adley
S - 36
Sen. Ben Nevers
S - 12

(Reminder - 06.09.15)

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the Louisiana E-cigarette Tax Proposal:

  1. This is not a negotiation for fair treatment toward other important issues affecting vapor products. Conceding a “small sin tax” will not “buy” exemption from an indoor use ban, nor will it protect your access to flavored e-liquid.
  2. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company is promoting this type of legislation -- in several other states in addition to Louisiana, by the way -- and Reynolds is not motivated by an interest in preserving your access to the wide variety of vapor products. Rather, they are interested in promoting their own products at the expense of the “open vapor systems” many of us have come to enjoy.
  3. Once the tax language is in the state code, it will be easier for the legislature to raise the tax as they see fit with very little resistance.

Do you really want to open this door? Act now because a vote is expected as early as Thursday, June 11, 2015.


(Original post - 06.04.15)
Louisiana vapers! Now is the time to contact your elected officials in Baton Rouge and ask them to oppose ANY new taxes on smoke-free nicotine and tobacco products.

On Wednesday (06.03.15), the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee voted to amend House Bill 119 to include a tax of 5 cents per ml ($1.50 on a 30ml bottle) on vapor products. The bill would also increase the state’s tax on smokeless tobacco from 20% to 25%.

these new taxes can be stopped!

While this new tax on e-liquid may seem modest, the long history of “sin” taxes has shown that once a “small” tax is on the books, it becomes far easier for future legislatures to hike that tax. States like Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Michigan have rejected these “small” taxes in the past and Louisiana should as well.

Oppose HB 119 - Send an Email

In addition to sending an email, please also reach out to two important House members and encourage them to oppose tax hikes on vapor products and other smoke-free nicotine products.
Please call:
Speaker of the House
Rep. Chuck Kleckley
(225) 342-7263
House Ways & Means Chairman
Rep. Joel Robideaux
(337) 984-1091

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