Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update August 3, 2015

CASAA's Jan Johnson and Alex Clark discuss legislative- and advocacy-related matters of current interest to CASAA members and THR (tobacco harm reduction) advocates.


0:40 - Rockland County, NY - Hearing TUESDAY, August 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a county-wide indoor vaping ban.

4:00 - Alabama - Call to Action regarding 25-cent-per-ml tax on vapor products is still active, and if you live in Alabama and haven’t yet participated, it is critical that you do so now. There are many problems with tax legislation (beyond the expense to consumers associated with the tax itself). For example, there are ancillary costs to businesses (which typically get passed on to consumers) such as paperwork requirements and tax stamps (and possibly the need to purchase costly--if not cost-prohibitive--machines to affix the stamps). Some of these costs will be significant enough to drive shops out of business, resulting in fewer shops and higher prices for consumers.

7:50 - California - Expecting to issue a Call to Action this week. There are several bills in both the Assembly and Senate negatively affecting consumer access to, and use of, vapor products.

9:25 - HR 2058 - The Call to Action asking U.S. representatives to cosponsor HR 2058 (change in grandfather date) is still active. If you have not participated, please do so today.

10:20 - Right now (and until right after Labor Day), U.S. representatives are mostly in their home districts. This is a great time for people to reach out to their representatives, set up an in-person meeting, and ask them to cosponsor HR 2058. Go here to find out who your representative is and for contact information. When you request an in-person meeting, you may find yourself meeting with a staffer. Staffers can be very helpful in relaying your concerns and issues to your representative. One visit with a representative/staffer probably equals thousands of emails in terms of effectiveness (and probably tens of thousands of signatures on an online petition).

14:15 - If you haven’t already done so, you should register to vote (and do so before meeting with your representative). Find out who your representative is, and then ideally do some basic research on your representative by going here. Then contact your representative and make an appointment this month to meet with your representative (or a staffer).

15:00 - Consider inviting your representative to a vape shop that you’ve previously visited and like. You might find the following SWOF (Smoke Without Fire) videos of some interest where Bob Walter MP and Jack Straw MP visit vape shops. (Here is a complete list of SWOF videos.)

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