Wednesday, September 9, 2015

California "special session" bills threaten consumer access, choice, and use of smoke-free vapor products.

Update - 09.15.15

The California legislature concluded its Second Extraordinary Session on Public Health without passing any anti-vaping bills. This Call to Action is successfully concluded.

Update - 09.09.15

With just a couple of days left in California’s “Second Extraordinary Session on Public Health,” the pressure is on both advocates and lawmakers to make their voices heard.

If you have already participated in out call to action by making a phone call or sending emails to lawmakers, please take a moment now to print out this flyer and post it at your local/favorite brick and mortar store.

If you have not already participated, NOW IS THE TIME!

Update - 09.01.15

The California legislative session will officially come to a close on September 11th. Although we are only 10 days away, there is an awful lot that is happening in this short span of time. We are very concerned about several bills that are making their way through the special session on public health. It is imperative that every vaping and tobacco harm reduction advocate in California contact their lawmakers NOW!

At the time of this post, we have not received details on when these bills will be heard in committees. We do, however, expect that notice will be short. It is vitally important that you take action NOW by contacting your lawmakers by phone, email, and in person and urge them to oppose AB 6, AB 16, SB 13, and SB 5.

Please share these links on social media:

Update - 08.22.15

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s hearing, all of these disastrous Senate bills were passed out of the committee with favorable recommendations. Although this is only one step in the process, opportunities to engage and fight these irresponsible bills are running out.

Please take action NOW to express extreme opposition to these reckless bills.

The next opportunity for public comment will be during the Assembly Public Health And Developmental Services Committee hearing on:

State Capitol, Room 4202
(A meet-up is planned for 12:30 PM)

This hearing will consider the Assembly versions of the Senate bills.

If you haven’t already sent a message to your California lawmakers, please take action NOW.

Even if you’ve already participated, you can still take action by sharing this Call to Action with other California Vapers, Vapor Retailers, and harm reduction advocates.

Update - 08.17.15

The nasty pack of bills in California has been scheduled for a hearing:

Wednesday, August 19th
1:30 PM
John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Although you should definitely make plans to attend and testify at this hearing, before you do anything else tonight, please take this opportunity to send a message to your lawmaker urging them to oppose these dangerous and irresponsible bills.

Oppose Special Session Anti-Vaping Bills - Send an Email


Original Post - 08.13.15

Even if you haven’t been paying very close attention to California’s legislature this year, you are probably still aware of the relentless attacks on vaping and vapers at both the local and state levels. You may have also heard that by the grace of procedural magic, Senator Leno and others have raised several bills from the dead and are bringing them back to the table during a “special session” which is expected to begin on or after Monday, August 17th, 2015.

Chief among CASAA’s concerns is the repeated effort to redefine vapor products as tobacco products -- SB 5 and AB 6. If adopted, this definitional change would automatically subject these smoke-free, tobacco-free products to the same regulations as combustible cigarettes (i.e. place bans, licensing, and eventually taxes).

For those of you who are on Twitter, we have provided a collection of pre-filled tweets to send to Assembly members and Senators that will be participating in the special session.

California SFATA Chapters have done a lot of the legwork on this issue and continue to be heavily engaged. For more details, opportunities to take action, and updates, please follow NorCal SFATA and get involved.

“Calif. Democrats Reintroduce Package of Tobacco Bills”

“Special Session Allows an End-Around; Tobacco Bills Avoid G.O. Committee”

“E-cigarette restrictions among six tobacco bills proposed for special session”

(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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