Feb. 25, 2014
Oklahoma Vapors phone calls, emails needed today to stop HB 2904
HB 2904 is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary committee today at 3PM.
HB 2904 by Rep. Ownbey would define electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product opening the door to higher taxation on vapor products.
Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee members and ask them to please vote NO on HB 2904!
Tell them to keep lifesaving vapor products accessible and affordable for smokers. (Copy and paste email addresses below)
Vaping is NOT smoking and vapor products should not be treated like tobacco cigarettes
Here is my email to House Judiciary committee members:
I am a 30 year, pack a day smoker. I have failed at every attempt to quit until I tried a personal vaporizing device. I have not touched a cigarette in over six weeks. I consider this technology to be a literal lifesaver for myself and other smokers.
HB2904 opens the door to higher taxation on electronic cigarettes. This is wrong! We should keep vapor products accessible and affordable for smokers so that more people may improve their health and longevity. Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are estimated to be 99% safer than smoking.
Please vote NO on HB 2904!
You can call House Judiciary Committee members at House Switchboard 800-522-8502 and 800-522-8506. (Just ask for the Representative you wish to speak to and the operator will connect you)
Chair Rep. Osborn, Leslie
Vice Chair Rep. Stiles, Aaron
|Rep. Biggs, Scott R.
||Rep. Echols, Jon
||Rep. Inman, Scott
|Rep. Johnson, Dennis
||Rep. Jordan, Fred
||Rep. Martin, Steve
|Rep. McBride, Mark
||Rep. McCall, Charles A.
||Rep. McCullough, Mark
|Rep. Morrissette, Richard
||Rep. Newell, Tom
||Rep. Sherrer, Ben
|Rep. Virgin, Emily
||Rep. Williams, Cory T.
or Email them in one blast by copying and pasting the emails below.
House Judiciary Committee Members:
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Posted in Activism, Legislation, Oklahoma Politics, Oklahoma State Government
Tagged aarron Stiles, Ben Sherrrer, Charles McCall, committee, Dennis Johnson, e-cigarettes, emily virgin, fred jordan, HB 2904, house, Jon Echols, Leslie Osborn, Mark McCullough, Oklahoma, Pat Ownbey, Randy Grau, Richard Morrisette, Scott Biggs, Scott Inman, Steve Martin, Taxes, tobacco, Tom Newall, vaping, vapor
Feb. 11, 2014
Recently I wrote an article for The Oklahoma Constitution on the politics and money behind the e-cigarette bans in our state.
Many credible health experts have also noted a curious imbalance regarding the claims made by some public health advocates about
e-cigarette health dangers. . . . Judging from the reaction to the sudden spate of prohibitions on vaping in our state, the public t buying the hype either. What most people want to know is, why are they being banned? Who is being hurt by the use of an electronic cigarette? . . . This innovative technology is not a threat to public health but is a grave threat to the entire multi-billion tobacco industry as it exists today.
. . .You’ll find TSET grant funding everything from OETA to bike racks, but let’s look at the “Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control” incentive grants that are driving the vapor bans.
You can read the article ‘Clearing the Air on the Oklahoma E-cigarette War’ in its entirety at The Oklahoma Constitution.
Also, you may want to see this rebuttal to the OK. State Dept. of Health’s alarmist e-cigarette advisory. FINAL OSDH rebuttal 2 9 2014
And if you haven’t done it yet, subscribe to The Oklahoma Constitution!
Posted in Oklahoma City/County Government, Oklahoma Independent Media, Oklahoma Politics, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Tagged ban, cessation, chantix, coalitions, communities of excellence, e-cigarettes, grant, kaye beach, mary fallin, mike huckabee, nrt, NYC, Oklahoma, osdh, pharmacuetical, robert wood johnson foundation, Smoking, The Oklahoma Constitution, tobacco, tobacco control, tobacco settlement endowment trust, tset, turning point, vaping, vapor, Zyban
Feb 13, 2012
An excellent Editorial by Theodore King published Feb 9, 2012 in The Norman Transcript
(Theodore J. King is the author of The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State)
NORMAN — The Jan. 29 editorial “The high cost of tobacco” claimed that tobacco use costs Oklahomans a lot of money, but it did not disclose the fact that tobacco use produces a lot of money for Oklahomans, which — in the interest of being fair — should be disclosed.
For example, in 2011, those who used tobacco paid $101,702,935 in tobacco taxes. Moreover, those taxes help fund Insure Oklahoma, the state-sponsored insurance supplemental program that assists small businesses, which are thereby able to offer health insurance to their employees, making the state a more attractive place to do business.
The Department of Health can’t have it both ways: Funding health insurance with tobacco taxes and then turning around and demonizing tobacco use. If fewer people smoke, then less money goes into that fund.