Monday, March 7, 2016

VT - Take Action to oppose an indoor vaping ban (H.171)!

Update - 03.07.16

H.171 is still on the move in the House and is scheduled for hearings in committee starting Wednesday morning. These are not public hearings, but still an opportunity for you to reach out to lawmakers and urge them to oppose this bill.

If you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services.


Update - 02.23.16


H.171 (an indoor vaping ban) has been scheduled for another public hearing on:


15 minutes after Floor adjourns (afternoon)


Please make plans to attend this hearing.


If you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services.




Update - 02.16.16


On Friday, February 19th, 2016, 8:00 AM, Room 10, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont will hold a panel to discuss e-cigarettes. This is not a public hearing. However, the public is welcome to attend.


Although there may not be an opportunity to present testimony, this may be a chance to speak with lawmakers after the panel. This would be a great time to share your story and mention that you are opposed to H.171 and any other legislation that would restrict your access to vapor products.


In the meantime, if you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services.



Update - 02.11.16


After the second hearing on Wednesday, February 10th, there is still, reportedly, interest in moving H.171 forward.


If you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services.
Update - 02.09.16


H. 171, which would include vaping in Vermont’s workplace smoking prohibition, is on the agenda again in the Human Services Committee for Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. This time, the committee will hear presentations and testimony from various supporters of the bill. There are a couple of industry stakeholders who will likely provide some opposition to an indoor vaping ban scheduled for the afternoon.


Unfortunately, there is currently no testimony on record from consumers or harm reduction advocates. It appears that the committee is content to perpetuate the narrative that this issue is simply a matter of big business vs. public health.


If you have not already, please take a moment now to send a message to members of the House Committee on Human Services.




Original Post - 01.30.16

H. 171 would include vaping in Vermont’s workplace smoking prohibition. Neither the existing law nor this bill provides an exemption for vapor shops.


Testimony on this bill will be heard:


15 minutes after the Floor adjourns (Afternoon)


If you are interested in presenting testimony, please contact:


  • Julie Tucker, Committee Assistant
    • (802) 828-2265
    • jtucker@leg.state.vt.us


Although there is an obvious technical issue with the language of this bill (i.e. “lighted tobacco substitute”), the same issue was quickly corrected in a similar bill that was introduced in 2015.


Please take action NOW by sending a message to members of the House Human Services Committee.


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