Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update November 2, 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 - Massive surge in CASAA membership, 113,000 members (up by nearly 40,000 in the last week) and more than 61,000 people have sent messages to their U.S. representatives asking them to co-sponsor and support HR 2058.

2:10 - Internet Blackout Day (a/k/a Vape Solidarity Day) this Thursday, November 5, 2015. This is a community-organized event where many vendors, bloggers, and others with an online presence are planning to redirect their websites for the day to a page with information about HR 2058. While this is not organized or sponsored by CASAA, we are very supportive of initiatives designed to increase consumer awareness and helpful participation in advocacy. CASAA has made arrangements to increase our bandwidth and make sure that we’re ready for whatever traffic may occur on that date.

7:45 - General advocacy issues and concerns about how many vendors and consumers are unaware of the serious issues we are facing.

16:20 - Hutchinson City, Kansas - Public hearing 9 am, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 re adding e-cigarettes to the city’s smoking ban. (Editor’s note: You can view the hearing here.)

17:00 - Multnomah County, Oregon - Retail tobacco license (including “inhalant delivery systems”) hearing November 5, 2015.

17:30 - Littleton, Colorado - Public hearing on downtown vaping ban hearing 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

17:50 - Manhattan Beach, California - Permit for retailers (including “electronic smoking devices”)  hearing Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6 pm.

18:25 - San Mateo, California - Hearing re including e-cigarettes in smoking bans in public places and multi-family units tonight, Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7 pm.

19:40 - Deeming Regulations - To be clear, the grandfather date is NOT the only problem with the deeming regulations. The deeming regulations--even with a change in the grandfather date--are deeply flawed. The change in grandfather date is a short-term solution, buying us time to continue to fight. It is important to understand that while we support reasonable regulation, these deeming regulations aren’t reasonable--they’re a ban by paperwork of 99.9% of the vapor products currently on the market.

26:25 - OMB/OIRA - CASAA has a meeting with OIRA scheduled for December 15, 2015 to share consumer concerns about the deeming regulations. (For CASAA’s January 2014 presentation to OIRA, click here.)

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