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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.

 
 
On September 11, 2014, the Missouri General Assembly successfully overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 841.  This legislation will become law on October 10, 2014.  Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) previously applauded the General Assembly for passing this common-sense regulation that, among other things, allows Missouri to join the majority of states that prevent the sales of vapor products to minors in Missouri.

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Louis, Missouri.  Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) applauds the Missouri General Assembly for successfully overriding Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 841. This important legislation bars children from purchasing e-cigarettes and correctly draws a distinction between vapor products and deadly combustible tobacco. 

“This new law sends the message that Missouri is not for sale to heavily funded, special interest, health groups,” said BRAVE Vice President A.J. Moll.  “We applaud and thank Senator Wasson and Representative Caleb Rowden, the sponsors of this legislation, for putting Missouri Children ahead of tax revenue.”

 
 
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.
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI --
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.

 
 
“We want to make sure that minors don’t get these products in their hands,” says A.J. Moll of  the Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education, or BRAVE, which works in Missouri and Illinois.

With support from e-cigarette companies and retailers, Missouri lawmakers overwhelming passed a bill last session that would have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Moll was irate when Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed it in July.  

“He could’ve insured the safety of Missouri’s children by simply signing what we feel is a common sense bill,” he says.

 
 
Daily Journal Online - July 28, 2014, Renee Bronaugh
Governor Jay Nixon recently vetoed Senate Bill 841, a legislation that would have prevented minors younger than 18 from purchasing the electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.


 
 
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.

 
 
by Gregory Conley
First appeared in TheGazette.com on Friday July 25, 2014
Nearly 40 years ago, Professor Michael Russell wrote in the British Medical Journal, “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.”