This is a double-header . . . August 10, 2015 (a discussion with CASAA's Jan Johnson and Julie Woessner about some of the history of the e-cigarette advocacy movement) and August 17, 2015 (a discussion with CASAA's Jan Johnson and Alex Clark regarding legislative- and advocacy-related matters of current interest).
August 17, 2015:
0:45 - California - Special Session, hearing on various e-cigarette related bills to be held Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM in Sacramento. Hearings will be open to public. Call to Action has been updated to provide information on the hearing. If you live in California and haven’t already participated in the Call to Action, please do so now. See also Vaping Daily Action Plan (thanks to NotBlowingSmoke for the Twitter handles) for those who would like to use Twitter to share their thoughts with legislators. Latest updates can be found via NorCal SFATA and NotBlowingSmoke.
5:45 - Pennsylvania - Governor Wolf is calling for a 40% tax on vapor products. CASAA has two active Calls to Action: (1) a thank you to lawmakers and (2) a message to Governor Wolf.
7:00 - FDA - CASAA has issued a new Call to Action regarding commenting on FDA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding warning labels and child-resistant packaging. Generally speaking, warning labels can provide valuable information, but if the warnings overstate the risks, then it becomes less about honest information and more about an activist agenda to discourage use. The Call to Action provides information to help consumers make formal comments to FDA on this ANPRM. This is not a simple “click and send” Call to Action, but it is important to take some time to share your thoughts with FDA. If nothing else, let FDA know that accurate and honest information is important to you. Deadline is August 31, 2015.
14:20 - Survey - CASAA is encouraging people to participate in a survey entitled “Your Perceptions and Experiences of Using Electronic Cigarettes.” CASAA has vetted this survey and believes that it is seeking to elicit genuinely useful information. The survey will end in another week or two, so please take a moment to participate now.
15:26 HR 2058 (requesting U.S. representatives co-sponsor a bill designed to change the grandfather date) is still active. If you haven’t already done so, please participate now.
15:30 - Testimonials Project - This is an important advocacy tool both in connection with legislative advocacy as well as simply providing information to people who may be interested in low-risk alternatives to smoking. Please share your story.
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August 10, 2015:
This podcast is an interesting discussion of some of the history of early advocacy and chronicles changes made by CASAA in connection with its legislative advocacy efforts over the years.