ABX2-16 & SBX2-13 Threaten Vaping

On September 11th, the California legislative session will close. California, the fight for our vaping rights is still not over! Many of you out there cannot find time to join us in Sacramento when these sessions hit and we understand, but there is still so much we can all contribute! We urge you call, write, or email your local representatives and tell them you oppose ABX2-6, ABX2-16 and SBX2-13!

Per Stefan Didak of SFATA and Not Blowing Smoke:

ABX2-6 Would classify electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and apply all existing current tobacco legislation to vaping.

ABX2-16: Would expand the definition of tobacco products for purposes of the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act to include electronic cigarettes, as defined, thereby subjecting manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of electronic cigarettes to the same licensing requirements imposed pursuant to that act on manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of tobacco products.

SBX-13: Would expand the definition of tobacco products for purposes of that Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act to include electronic cigarettes, as defined, thereby subjecting manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of electronic cigarettes to the same licensing requirements imposed pursuant to that act on manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of tobacco products. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

This bill would additionally, on or after the first day of the first calendar quarter commencing more than 90 days on or after the effective date of the bill, impose a tax on the distribution of electronic cigarettes, as defined, based on the wholesale cost, at a rate determined annually that is equivalent to the cigarette tax rate, which would be $2.87 per package of 20 cigarettes.

Remember, California politicians still don’t understand that zero nicotine eliquid contains, well, zero nicotine. They still don’t make distinctions between cigalike products and vapor devices. Bills like these are negligent without an understanding of even just the fundamentals of vaping. Many of our politicians are reluctant to take the time to understand, in favor of balancing the budget and preventing access to vaping in general. Or potentially worse, they do understand the differences, but want the ability to impart unreasonable taxes to completely dismantle our side of the industry.

The potential cost of losing is this battle is immeasurable, not limited to just the loss of jobs and businesses. The ability to impart ridiculous taxes that stand to make vaping outrageously expensive and difficult to afford the very thing that is saving our lives! DO NOT assume that you do not make a difference! Public indifference to legislation is what corporate backers rely on to see these bills passed.

Spread the word, tell your friends, family, associates, anyone who appreciates that you don’t smell like an ashtray or also believes that vaping saved your life.

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