Category Archives: Advocacy

Now’s the Time to Fight the Tax Bill Imposed on New Jersey

Earlier this year in June of 2018, New Jersey passed bill A4132 that imposes a $0.10 per milliliter tax on e-liquid that contains nicotine. It also imposes a one-time floor tax, or a tax on existing inventory, on all wholesalers, distributors, and retailers within the state.

That bill has passed both houses of the Senate and was signed by the governor, so it’s almost as good as done, but it was signed on July 1st and was amended to include a 90-day effective date, which would be the end of the September.

This has given lawmakers and business owners the opportunity to discuss potential alternatives to the tax. Unfortunately, the only agreement so far is in bill A4391, which changes the $0.10 per ml. tax to a 3.5% retail tax and also removes the floor tax. It’s still a tax, but one that reduces the damage that the original bill will cause.

CASAA.org is asking that if you live in New Jersey that you send a message to New Jersey lawmakers asking them to support bill A4391. Go to CASAA.org to send a pre-written template and to find phone numbers of the people you should contact.

FDA Seeks Comments on Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products

The FDA has proposed regulations of e-juice flavors and I wanted to bring it up as we get closer to the deadline for submitting a comment on the Federal Register website.

CASAA and the VTA have also joined forces to develop a template letter that will help you get your own comment started – http://actnow.io/saveflavors

The original deadline was originally in June, but the FDA decided to extend the deadline until July 19, but don’t hold off until the last minute because your comment might take some time to write.

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A Flavor Survey From Dr. Farsalinos to Fight Against FDA Restrictions on E-Juice Flavors

Back in March, the FDA put out an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in regards to e-liquid flavors.

An ANPRM is a notice designed to test the response and to get feedback on proposed rules before the rules are actually drafted. The FDA is seeking comments, data, research results and other information about the role that flavors play in tobacco products. They’re looking for information about how flavors attract kids to tobacco products, if it results in youth initiating tobacco use, and if certain flavors can help adult smokers switch to less harmful products, such as vapor products.

The information they get during the commenting period, which ends June 19th, 2018, will inform regulations that they might make including new standards and restrictions on tobacco products with flavors. And this is important because even though vaping is not tobacco, the government classifies it as tobacco, so this is important for us to fight. If we don’t, we might end up only vaping tobacco and menthol e-juice in the future.

You can submit your comments through the regulations.gov website, but I’ll also post a link in the video description.

You Need to Take The Flavor Survey!

In response to the ANPRM, two of the most well-known pro-vaping scientists, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Dr. Konstantinos Poulas, are conducting a survey of American vapers, which will be submitted to the FDA during the commenting period. This will be a very important piece of research for the FDA to review, so definitely make time to participate.

Take the survey here or complete it by phone by texting “CASAA FLAVORS” to 52886

It’s an anonymous survey that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. I took the survey and it literally took me exactly 20 minutes.

The FDA isn’t required to do an ANPRM, but they can choose to do it. Restrictions on flavors are obviously not something we want to happen, so it’s good that they are at least seeking public opinion before drafting the rules. So make your voice heard by commenting on regulations.gov and fill out Dr. Farsalinos and Dr. Poulas survey.