Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chicago, IL - Local Alert! Oppose extra taxes on e-cigarettes and other smoke-free nicotine products.

Chicago, IL


Update - 10.13.15


In the next week, there will be two opportunities for vapers to make their voices heard in opposition to Mayor Emanuel’s proposed tax on vapor products.


The Chicago City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow,


Council Chamber, Second Floor City Hall


A public hearing on the city’s 2016 budget is on the agenda for this meeting. Residents will have an opportunity to testify on budget issues, including a damaging tax on e-cigarette liquid and new taxes on smokeless tobacco products.


If you plan to speak, make sure to sign up. A sign-in sheet will be available starting at 10 am.


Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not intend to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large group of people affected by this issue.


Can’t make tomorrow’s meeting? You will have another opportunity to voice your opposition before the Budget Committee on


Council Chamber, Second Floor City Hall


If you are unable to attend either of these meetings, Please take a moment to send emails and make calls to your Alderman. Please see contact information and talking points in our previous alerts below.


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Update - 09.15.15


Although no date has been set to hear an ordinance that would impose a $1.25 tax on e-cigarette cartridges and a $0.25/milliliter tax on e-liquid, now is the time to begin contacting Chicago Aldermen and urging them to oppose this dangerous proposal. It is important to point out that Alderman Moreno, the author of the bill, will be pushing for an increased tax on smokeless tobacco products as well.


Please use this tool provided by the city to find your Alderman:


We have provided talking points and contact information below. Please take this time to call and write your Aldermen.




Original Post - 09.01.15

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the Chicago City Council followed in the footsteps of New York City by prohibiting vaping in the same places where smoking is banned, now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promoting a tax on vapor products and other tobacco products (OTP) not currently subject to city taxes or fees.


The Mayor has announced three town hall meetings that are open to the public. These are excellent opportunities for vapor and tobacco harm reduction advocates to voice opposition to extra taxes on vapor products and smokeless tobacco.


  • All meetings start at 6:30 PM
  • Monday, August 31st: Malcolm X College
  • Wednesday, September 2nd: South Shore Cultural Center
  • Thursday, September 3rd: Wright College


Please make plans to attend these meetings. Although these are not city council meetings, please observe city council chamber decorum.


For those that are unable to attend these meetings, we have provided contact information for city council members and talking points below. You can find your ward and Alder Member HERE. Please take a moment now to contact your city council member and tell them you are opposed to imposing any extra taxes or fees on vapor products and smokeless tobacco.




SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

1) Ostensibly, taxes on traditional cigarettes are intended to discourage use. However, due to the fact that e-cigarettes and other smoke-free tobacco products are estimated to be 98 - 99% less harmful than smoking, discouraging use is counter to goals of reducing smoking rates.

2) Other governments are taking exactly the opposite approach; Public Health England (the government public health agency) recently explicitly endorsed a policy of encouraging smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and vapor products (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update).

3) 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.

4) Imposing a tax on these products will drive consumers to shop in neighboring cities 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. This is bad for the City and will result in less revenue, not more.

5) It is important to note that vapor products are already subject to a general sales tax.

6) 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.




Chicago
City Council
Ward
Alder
E-mail
Ward Office Phone
City Hall Phone
1
Proco Joe Moreno
ward01@cityofchicago.org
(773) 278-0101
(312) 744-3063 / 1367
2
Brian Hopkins
Ward02@cityofchicago.org
(312) 643-2299
(312) 744-6836
3
Pat Dowell
ward03@cityofchicago.org
(773) 373-9273
(312) 744-8734 / 6712
4
William D. Burns
ward04@cityofchicago.org
(773) 536-8103
(312) 744-2690 / 7738
5
Leslie A. Hairston
lhairston@cityofchicago.org
(773) 324-5555
(312) 744-6832 / 3195
6
Roderick T. Sawyer
Roderick.Sawyer@cityofchicago.org
(773) 635-0006
(312) 744-6868 / 0670
7
Gregory I. Mitchell
alderman@gregmitchell7thward.org
(773) 731-7777
(312) 744-6833
8
Michelle A. Harris
mharris@cityofchicago.org
(773) 874-3300
(312) 744-3075 / 6825
9
Anthony Beale
ward09@cityofchicago.org
(773) 785-1100
(312) 744-6838 / 3061
10
Susan Sadlowski Garza
Ward10@cityofchicago.org
(773) 768-8138
(312) 744-3078
11
Patrick D. Thompson
Patrick.thompson@cityofchicago.org
(773) 254-6677
(312) 744-6663
12
George A. Cardenas
ward12@cityofchicago.org
(773) 523-8250
(312) 744-3068 / 4025
13
Marty Quinn
Ward13@cityofchicago.org
(773) 581-8000
(312) 744-3058 / 3076
14
Edward M. Burke
eburke@cityofchicago.org
(773) 471-1414
(312) 744-3380 / 3381
15
Raymond A. Lopez
raymondlopez@the15thward.org
(773) 306-0837
(312) 744-4321
16
Toni Foulkes
Toni.Foulkes@cityofchicago.org
(773) 863-0220
(312) 744-6850 / 6854
17
David H. Moore
Ward17@cityofchicago.org
(773) 783-3672
(312) 744-3435
18
Derrick G. Curtis
Ward18@cityofchicago.org
(773) 284-5057
(312) 744-6856
19
Matthew J. O'Shea
ward19@cityofchicago.org
(773) 238-8766
(312) 744-3072 / 5682
20
Willie Cochran
Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org
(773) 955-5610
(312) 744-6840 / 5688
21
Howard Brookins, Jr.
ward21@cityofchicago.org
(773) 881-9300
(312) 744-4810 / 4811
22
Ricardo Munoz
Ward22@cityofchicago.org
(773) 762-1771
(312) 744-9491 / 9492
23
Michael R. Zalewski
mzalewski@cityofchicago.org
(773) 582-4444
(312) 744-6828 / 5683
24
Michael Scott, Jr.
mscott@aldermanscott.com
(773) 533-2400
312-744-6839 / 6849
25
Daniel Solis
Daniel.Solis@cityofchicago.org
(773) 523-4100
(312) 744-6845 / 6846
26
Roberto Maldonado
Roberto.Maldonado@cityofchicago.org
(773) 395-0143
(312) 744-6853 / 4198
27
Walter Burnett, Jr.
wburnett@cityofchicago.org
(312) 432-1995
(312) 744-6124 / 6125
28
Jason C. Ervin
jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org
(773) 533-0900
(312) 744-3066
29
Chris Taliaferro
Ward29@cityofchicago.org
(773) 237-6460
(312) 744-8805
30
Ariel Reboyras
ward30@cityofchicago.org
(773) 794-3095
(312) 744-3304 / 3305
31
Milagros S. Santiago
chicagoward31@gmail.com
(773) 278-0031
(312) 744-6102
32
Scott Waguespack
info@ward32.org
(773) 248-1330
(312) 744-6567 / 6574
33
Deborah Mell
deb@33rdward.org
(773) 478-8040
(312) 744-3373 / 3379
34
Carrie M. Austin
caustin@cityofchicago.org
(773) 928-6961
(312)744-6820 / 6829
35
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Ward35@cityofchicago.org
(773) 887-3772
(312) 744-6835
36
Gilbert Villegas
Ward36@cityofchicago.org
(773) 745-4636
(312) 744-4324
37
Emma Mitts
emitts@cityofchicago.org
(773) 379-0960
(312) 744-3180 / 1589
38
Nicholas Sposato
info@aldermansposato.com
(773) 283-3838
(312) 744-6857
39
Margaret Laurino
mlaurino@cityofchicago.org
(773) 736-5594
(312) 744-7242 / 7243
40
Patrick O'Connor
ward40@cityofchicago.org
(773) 769-1140
(312) 744-6858 / 7248
41
Anthony V. Napolitano
Ward41@cityofchicago.org
(773) 631-2241
(312) 744-3942
42
Brendan Reilly
office@ward42chicago.com
(312) 642-4242
(312) 744-3062 / 3065
43
Michele Smith
yourvoice@ward43.org
(773) 348-9500
(312) 744-5685 / 3071
44
Thomas Tunney
ttunney@cityofchicago.org
(773) 525-6034
(312) 744-3073 / 3133
45
John Arena
ward45@cityofchicago.org
(773) 286-4545
(312) 744-6841 / 5684
46
James Cappleman
info@james46.org
(773) 878-4646
(312) 744-6831 / 5694
47
Ameya Pawar
info@chicago47.org
(773) 868-4747
(312) 744-0446 / 4021
48
Harry Osterman
harry@48thward.org
(773) 784-5277
(312) 744-6834 / 6860
49
Joseph Moore
ward49@cityofchicago.org
(773) 338-5796
(312) 744-3067 / 3080
50
Debra L. Silverstein
info@50thwardchicago.com
(773) 262-1050
(312) 744-6855 / 5680


Comma delimited email list:

ward01@cityofchicago.org, Ward02@cityofchicago.org, ward03@cityofchicago.org, ward04@cityofchicago.org, lhairston@cityofchicago.org, Roderick.Sawyer@cityofchicago.org, alderman@gregmitchell7thward.org, mharris@cityofchicago.org, ward09@cityofchicago.org, Ward10@cityofchicago.org, Patrick.thompson@cityofchicago.org, ward12@cityofchicago.org, Ward13@cityofchicago.org, eburke@cityofchicago.org, raymondlopez@the15thward.org, Toni.Foulkes@cityofchicago.org, Ward17@cityofchicago.org, Ward18@cityofchicago.org, ward19@cityofchicago.org, Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org, ward21@cityofchicago.org, Ward22@cityofchicago.org, mzalewski@cityofchicago.org, mscott@aldermanscott.com, Daniel.Solis@cityofchicago.org, Roberto.Maldonado@cityofchicago.org, wburnett@cityofchicago.org, jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org, Ward29@cityofchicago.org, ward30@cityofchicago.org, chicagoward31@gmail.com, info@ward32.org, deb@33rdward.org, caustin@cityofchicago.org, Ward35@cityofchicago.org, Ward36@cityofchicago.org, emitts@cityofchicago.org, info@aldermansposato.com, mlaurino@cityofchicago.org, ward40@cityofchicago.org, Ward41@cityofchicago.org, office@ward42chicago.com, yourvoice@ward43.org, ttunney@cityofchicago.org, ward45@cityofchicago.org, info@james46.org, info@chicago47.org, harry@48thward.org, ward49@cityofchicago.org, info@50thwardchicago.com

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