Saturday, February 20, 2016

WV - Take action to oppose dangerous vapor taxes

Update - 02.20.16

Delegate Larry W. Faircloth (WV-60) has posted a petition on his website to oppose the West Virginia vapor tax bill.

Please take a moment tonight and sign the petition so he can hand deliver thousands of signatures from West Virginia residents opposed to enacting a tax on vapor products to the WV House Speaker.

Oppose vapor taxes in WV - Sign the Petition

Please also take a moment to send a message to lawmakers in West Virginia urging them to oppose this damaging tax.



Update - 02.17.16


SB 420 is expected to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee starting at 3:00 PM TODAY (February 17th, 2016). Please take a moment now and call senators on the committee -- especially those who represent your county or nearby counties -- urging them to oppose this dangerous tax on e-cigarettes, vapor products, and smokeless tobacco.


We have provided the phone numbers of all the committee members below.
Please make a call NOW and say:


  • Please oppose SB 420 and any effort to enact taxes on electronic cigarettes.
  • Taxes on these e-cigarettes will discourage smokers from switching to products which are known to be 95 - 98% less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
  • Similarly, raising taxes on smokeless tobacco is unjustifiable from a public health perspective and should be opposed.


Please let us know how the call went by sending feedback to takeaction@casaa.org


Senator
Phone
Counties
Senator M. Hall - Chair
(304) 357-7901
Jackson, Mason, Putnam (part), Roane (part)
Senator Walters - Vice-Chair
(304) 357-7866
Kanawha (part), Putnam (part)
Senator Blair
(304) 357-7867
Berkeley (part), Hampshire, Mineral (part), Morgan
Senator Boley
(304) 357-7905
Pleasants, Roane (part), Wirt, Wood
Senator Boso
(304) 357-7973
Grant (part), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster
Senator Carmichael
(304) 357-7855
Jackson, Mason, Putnam (part), Roane (part)
Senator Facemire
(304) 357-7845
Braxton, Clay, Gilmer (part), Harrison, Lewis
Senator Kessler
(304) 357-7902
Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer (part), Marion (part), Marshall (part), Monongalia (part), Ritchie, Tyler
Senator Laird
(304) 357-7849
Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers
Senator Mullins
(304) 357-7831
McDowell (part), Raleigh, Wyoming
Senator Plymale
(304) 357-7937
Cabell, Wayne (part)
Senator Prezioso
(304) 357-7961
Marion (part), Monongalia (part)
Senator Stollings
(304) 357-7939
Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo (part), Wayne (part)
Senator Sypolt
(304) 357-7914
Barbour, Grant (part), Hardy, Mineral (part), Monongalia (part), Preston, Taylor, Tucker
Senator Takubo
(304) 357-7990
Kanawha (part)
Senator Unger
(304) 357-7933
Berkeley (part), Jefferson
Senator Yost
(304) 357-7984
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall (part), Ohio

Original Post 02.16.16

A budget proposed by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) would impose a new tax on e-liquid of 7.5¢ per milliliter ($9.00 on a 120ml bottle!), a 12% wholesale tax on devices, and hike the tax on smoke-free tobacco products like snus from 7% to 12%. As part of the process of considering the Governor’s proposal, SB 420 & HB 4494 have been introduced in the WV Senate and House. These bills would implement these unnecessary and counter-productive taxes.




CASAA is strongly opposed to any new taxes on vapor products. Smokers in states with sky high smoking rates -- like West Virginia -- need more economic incentives to switch, not less.  Plus, once the tax language is in the state code, it will be easier for the legislature to raise the tax as they see fit with very little resistance.


In order to defeat these taxes, it is critical that West Virginia advocates get active. Public testimony is not typically taken at West Virginia hearings, so personal contact in the form of emails AND phone calls are incredibly important to defeating these taxes.


SB 420 has been scheduled for a public hearing:


TOMORROW
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM


Please take a moment now to send a message to your senator urging them to oppose this tax on e-liquid!


Take Action - Send a Message


Oppose Vapor Taxes - Make a Call


(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

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