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Today, Tuesday, October 27th, longtime vaping opponent the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has organized a call-in action to urge President Obama to put pressure on the FDA to finalize their Tobacco Deeming Regulations. What CTFK and others are failing to mention is that if the deeming regulations are enacted as written, 99.9% of the vapor products currently on the market will be gone within two to four years. Make no mistake, the current proposed regulations will have a devastating impact on consumers and businesses alike; not to mention the obvious damage to public health.

(Please note: At the time of this writing, changes to the FDA deeming regulations have not been published. CASAA’s assessment of the FDA’s proposed regulations is based on the version that was published in 2014. That having been said, it will take nothing short of a complete overhaul of the proposed deeming rule in order to allow nearly even 10% of vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market.)

  • First, if you have not already done so, it is critical that you send an email to your Congressional representative and Senators asking them to support and co-sponsor HR 2058, a bill that would stop the FDA from banning 99%-plus of vapor products.

  • Second, please take a moment, on Wednesday, October 28th, to Call the White House at 202-456-1111. 
    We have provided talking points below.

  • Third, please share this post with your friends.

Talking points:

  • I am calling to urge President Obama to protect consumer choice and demand that the FDA re-work its Tobacco Deeming Regulations so that the existing wide variety of e-cigarette and vapor products can remain on the market.

  • As written, the FDA’s proposed e-cigarette regulations will remove 99.9% of vapor products from the market.

  • Please briefly share your personal story about switching to vapor products. Make sure to include any improvements in health you have experienced or, perhaps, that your doctor has observed. If the variety of flavors are important to you, be sure to mention that too.

  • Thank you. I hope we can count on the President to protect adult access to these life-saving products.
 
 
UPDATE: St. Charles City Council will NOT be voting on the bill on May 5th. New date is likely May 19th. Please keep up the phone calls and check back - we we need you!

We need you to show up AND make a couple phone calls to keep vaping defined separate from smoking in St. Charles City.

On Tuesday, April 7th Bill #11583 was introduced and will amend the definition of smoking to EXCLUDE vaping. Over half of the council members will likely vote against the bill if we do not take action now.

Constituents are requested to attend the council meeting for the second reading and vote on Tuesday, May, 5th 7p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 200 N. Second Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301. Those that wish to speak will need a speaker card and are asked to state: "I fully support this bill and encourage you to vote yes, if this bill is not passed, St. Charles City will remain in direct violation of Missouri state law." "This bill is does not address illegal drugs, nor health issues, the bill is about business owners rights and complying with state law."

Phone: 636-949-5208
Email: john.hanneke@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-949-0100
Email: jerry.reese@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-946-9670
Email: rod.herrmann@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-946-4030
Email: Ronald.stivison@stcharlescitymo.gov

Email: bridget.ohmes@stcharlescitymo.gov
Page 767 of the agenda 

http://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/04072015-177
SMOKING: Inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any ignited, lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or other smoking product, equipment or apparatus involving tobacco, or other plant material, or nicotine in any form, except shall not include a vapor product.
 
 
This CTA was originally issued by CASAA on December 9, 2014, but they have reposted it so we are all asked to take action.
As noted in our blog last week, Representatives Boehner, McCarthy, and Upton wrote a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services suggesting that the grandfather date of February 15, 2007 for "new tobacco products" under the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) be changed. Such a change would result in tens of thousands of e-cigarette products not being summarily removed from the market, so we believe this presents a huge opportunity for consumers.

FIRSTClick here to send an email to your federal representative and senator, asking them to support a change in the grandfather date as a short-term solution and then to work with their fellow legislators to consider a better regulatory system for technology-based e-cigarettes than the Tobacco Control Act.
 
 
2nd UPDATE: The bill has been scheduled for a vote at the next Council meeting:

     March 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM (CST)

     St. Charles City Hall
     Council Chambers
     200 N. 2nd St.
     St. Charles, MO 63301

UPDATED:  Many thanks to our members who participated in the St. Charles, MO city council meeting. The council will address the issue again and likely vote on Bill #11543 on April 7th, 2015 at 7:00 PM (CST).

Bill 11543 will be introduced in the St. Charles, MO City Council TUESDAY, March 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM (CST).  This bill would expand the city’s definition of “smoking” to include the use of electronic cigarettes.  By deceptively equating vaping with smoking, this bill would require businesses that might allow vaping but prohibit smoking to now ban the use of both products.  Read more at CASAA ...
 
 
Missouri Vapers! Urge your legislators to override Gov. Nixon's veto of SB841 (ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors).

Last month, Missouri's Governor Nixon was presented with an opportunity to sign into law a commonsense bill prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes to minors.  However, due to pressure from "public health" groups trumpeting ideology over science, he opted to veto SB841.  Thankfully, Missouri has a second chance to bring this bill into law with a "veto session" scheduled for September 10th, 2014.
 
 
Fourth Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations
Streamlined Version

CASAA has been producing and posting FDA Alerts and Calls to Action since before the proposed regulations were released. For a full background on this issue, please go here:
http://blog.casaa.org/search/label/FDA

However, we realize there are recent adopters of these products who may not have had time to familiarize themselves with the politics and what is at stake.