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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.
 
 
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 ...
 
 

Ask your federal representative and senator to change the grandfather date for new tobacco products

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Rep. John Boehner (House Speaker), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader), and Rep. Fred Upton (Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee) cosigned a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell. In this letter they asked the FDA to consider changing the February 15, 2007 grandfather date for newly deemed tobacco products. They go on to suggest that the grandfather date be moved -- perhaps to April 25, 2014, the day that FDA’s proposed regulations were submitted, or to the future date when the regulations are finalized.

Please take action now by telling your representative and senator that you support changing the grandfather date and, in fact, that the proposed tobacco regulations are inappropriate for e-cigarettes.

And when you're finished, please take a moment to add your name to CASAA's "Thank You" letter to Reps Boehner, McCarthy, and Upton.

 
 
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.
 
 
St. Louis, Missouri July 30, 2014

A safer alternative to tobacco, electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity all over the bi-state area. With more than 40 retailers in the St. Louis area, it has become a source of viable employment.

 
 
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.