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. 17, 2014
**Update** Feb. 18, 2014 The bill is SB1892 not SB1852 as I had listed. Sorry about that.
SB 1892 passed the Senate Finance committee today but due to a minor snafu the title was stricken. The bill will have to go to conference committee for title to be restored. If all that sounds confusing, the bottom line is that it will end up before the committee and have to be voted on again. This should happen shortly and so if you didn’t get your calls or emails in, it wouldn’t hurt to do so now.
Will update again as soon as there is any movement on this bill. Thank you!
SB 1892 will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM in Rm 535
Call or email the Senate Finance committee members tonight or first thing tomorrow morning and tell them to vote YES on SB 1852!
Electronic cigarettes and vapor products are NOT tobacco and should not be categorized as such. SB 1852 defines “vapor products’ separately from tobacco products and does not allow vapor products to be taxed like tobacco products. This is GOOD! It keeps the safer option of ‘vaping’ accessible to more smokers who have been unable or unwilling to quit smoking.
Briefly tell the committee members how you or your loved ones have benefitted from using a personal vaporizing device. Ask them to vote YES on SB 1852 and thank them for their time.
Here is the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League’s Alert on SB 1852. (Find out more about OVAL at http://ovalok.org)
You can email the Senate Finance committee members in one swoop by copying and pasting their emails as provided;
email@example.com; Brinkley@oksenate.gov; Aldridge@oksenate.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
You can call the Senate Finance committee members by dialing the Senate Switchboard and asking to be connected to the Senator you wish to speak with. Senate switchboard (405) 524-0126
Senate Finance Committee Members are as follows:
Senator Mike Mazzei – Chair
Senator Rick Brinkley – Vice Chair
Senator Cliff Aldridge
Senator Nathan Dahm
Senator Kim David
Senator John Ford
Senator Jim Halligan
Senator Constance Johnson
Senator Clark Jolley
Senator Frank Simpson
Senator John Sparks
Senator Greg Treat
Posted in Activism, Oklahoma Politics, Oklahoma State Government
Tagged 2014, action, e-cigarettes, Oklahoma, OVAL, sb 1852, Senate, 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