Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update October 19, 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.

0:30 - Chicago - Call to Action issued earlier this month re a proposed tax (possibly $.25 per ml) on vapor products. City Council meeting was held Monday, October 19, 2015, and the budget was an item of discussion. There was also a meeting on the 14th, and Gregory Conley (AVA) was one of the speakers.

1:45 - Cook County, IL - Also considering a tax on e-liquid ($.20 per ml). Since Chicago is located within Cook County, this could have a devastating effect if both Chicago and Cook County imposes a tax. (Editor’s note: Call to Action for Cook County issued Tuesday, October 20, 2015.)

4:10 - Utah - Utah Smoke-Free Association (UTSFA) has issued an Action Alert. HB 415 passed earlier this year, and as part of that, the Utah Department of Health is required to promulgate a rule regarding regulating e-cigarettes. USFA does not support the proposed rule (details provided in Action Alert) because it over-regulates to the point where manufacturers and shops will be forced to stop doing business in Utah. USFA is asking businesses--both those in Utah as well as those who outside of the state who ship product into Utah--to respond. Talking points are also provided for consumers who live in the state. Comment deadline is November 16, 2015 (5:00 p.m.). Details provided in the Action Alert. CASAA will likely issue a complimentary Call to Action for Utah consumers. We are particularly concerned about the limitations on nicotine concentration and bottle sizes.

11:40 - Attleboro, MA - Considering a ban on sales of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.  

12:30 - Prince George’s, MD - Considering a ban on indoor e-cigarette use. Passed out of committee earlier this month with 6 sponsors, so fairly strong support.

13:50 - General discussion of city/county ordinances.

18:10 - HR 2058 - Call to Action still active. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to participate.

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