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Call to Action: SUPPORT Ohio Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Call to Action: SUPPORT Ohio Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors -- HB 144 (UPDATED -- Now in Senate)

 

UPDATE (11/20/2013): After passing the House with a bipartisan majority last week, HB 144 now moves onto the Senate, where it has been referred to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
 
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Ohio: Ask Ohio State Senators to to Vote YES on HB 144 and NO on Taxes or Usage Bans

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 If enacted, this bill would:

Ban sales of "alternative nicotine products" (e-cigarettes and e-liquid) to minors
- NOT tax these products   
- NOT define these products to be "tobacco products" under Ohio law   

HB 144 is a common sense bill that CASAA supports.  However, it has been attacked by some members of the Ohio legislature.  According to the Columbus Dispatch, an attempt was made during the committee process to amend the bill to both make e-cigarettes a tobacco product (and thus taxed as such) AND ban their usage where smoking is banned. Opponents of the bill will likely try this tactic again when the bill is up for a vote in the full Ohio House of Representatives.  

Over the past year, the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids have been out lobbying against enactment of bills that ban e-cigarette sales to minors, and it they are trying to kill HB 144.  Why?  CASAA Science Director Dr. Carl Phillips took on this issue here and here, but it boils down to this -- these groups don't just want e-cigarette sales banned to minors.  They want e-cigarettes to be taxed and treated just like cigarettes, and they are willing to stop a ban on sales of the product to minors if a bill doesn't accomplish this goal. 

We need Ohio vapers to respectfully encourage their representative in the Ohio House of Representatives (as well as other reps in and nearby your hometown) to vote YES on HB 144. Please see the below list to find out who represents you or use this tool on the Ohio Legislature's website. 

If you might be able to testify if and when the bill has a Senate hearing in Columbus, OH, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org. However, the most important thing for Ohio citizens to be doing right now is contacting House members and urging support of HB 144.

for more info please follow this link:
http://blog.casaa.org/2013/10/call-to-action-support-ohio-bill-to-ban.html


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