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The Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) calls on The Missouri Legislature to override Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 841.  This important legislation will prevent minors from purchasing alternative nicotine and vapor products.  By vetoing this legislation, Governor Nixon is allowing Missouri children to continue to purchase and consume vapor products.  This is irresponsible and the Legislature should not let that stand.
Senate Bill 841 does nothing to impact pending FDA regulations. The FDA may, someday, prevent sales to minors, but that requirement will not be in place for many years.  Missouri must put this requirement in place without delay. If allowed to stand, Governor Nixon’s veto means there is absolutely no oversight over the sale of vapor products. SB841 requires that retailers register with the state, so that compliance with the prohibition on sales to minors and collection of sales taxes is ensured.

In his veto message, Governor Nixon incorrectly states that vapor products should be regulated like deadly cigarettes.  Yet vapor products, which contain only four FDA approved (GRAS) ingredients, do not contain tobacco.   Had the Governor chose to research the science, he would have known that nicotine is not a carcinogen and that vapor products are orders of magnitude safer than combustible tobacco.  Additionally, he would know that these products have helped tens of thousands of Missouri adults quit smoking cigarettes – a goal that should be lauded and not demonized with false statements.

Legislation similar to Senate Bill 841 has already passed in over two dozen states; this Bill was supported by super-majorities of both chambers in Missouri.  Not many things are bipartisan in Missouri, but this measure is.  Senate Bill 841 Passed the Senate by a vote of 27-4, with all 20 Republican Senators and 7 of the 11 Democrat Senators supporting this legislation.  The same Bill passed the House by a vote of 127-19, with 96 of the 102 Republican Members and 31 of the 43 Democrat Members supporting this legislation.  BRAVE asks that this same bipartisan supermajority re-affirms their support for this legislation and finally prevent children from being able to purchase e-cigarettes in Missouri.  

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A.J. Moll, 314-488-5124, media@mybraveaction.org


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