Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CASAA Podcast Update January 11, 2016

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.

0:44 - Alex Clark resigns from CASAA Board of Directors and accepts full-time position as CASAA’s Legislative Coordinator.

4:40 - Alameda County, CA - Hearing Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. CASAA was contacted by Supervisor Nate Miley’s staff encouraging vapers to come to the meeting and share their concerns about (and opposition to) proposed legislation involving licensing/indoor use ban.

9:00 - HR 2058 - Call to Action for HR 2058 (change in grandfather date) still active. Please note that handwritten letters have the most impact, and we strongly suggest you use our talking points to craft your own letters to legislators and snail mail them. If you send an email through our advocacy platform, please take a moment to edit the prewritten email to share your story. (Emails through our advocacy platform have an impact by virtue of the sheer volume, but we need personalized (preferably handwritten) letters sent through the U.S. mails, too. Ideally, do both!)

11:20 - State Attorneys General - Send an email to your Attorney General sharing Attorney General Tom Miller’s statement on vapor products. (If you live in Iowa, we have a separate Call to Action for you to send an email to AG Miller.)

12:18 - Hawaii - Hawaii’s legislative session starts in about a week, and we’re starting off with more than a dozen bills being carried over from last session. We are expecting some of the bills to move very quickly, and we will be issuing Calls to Action in the coming days.

13:15 - New York - Many bills carried over from last session, including bills to (i) raise the age to purchase to 21, (ii) redefine smoking to include e-cigarette use, (iii) change definition of private club to be in line with Tobacco 21 language, (iv) direct the Department of Health to examine and evaluate the effects of e-cigarettes on public health, (v) prohibit sales of bottled e-liquid, and (vi) redefine “tobacco” to include any nicotine-containing product for tax purposes and raise the wholesale tax from 75% to 95 % (raise price on smokeless tobacco from $2 an ounce to $3.65 an ounce), (vii) ban use of e-cigarettes indoors, and (viii) prohibit retailers from selling e-cigarettes for less than the listed price (no sales/coupons/discounts).

18:20 - General discussion about state attorneys general and the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Suggested reading: The House Tobacco Built and Holy End Run! Increasingly, this is a battle about money rather than public health.

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