OKLAHOMA!!

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SENATE BILLS

SUPPORT Senate Bill 1602 By Senator Rob Johnson
Youth Access Bill
Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Members and Contacts for SB1602 (VOTE YES)
Senator Brian Crain – Chair
(405) 521-5620 crain@oksenate.gov
Senator Rob Standridge – Vice Chair
(405) 521-5535 standridge@oksenate.gov
Senator Harry Coates
(405) 521-5547 coates@oksenate.gov
Senator Kim David
(405) 521-5590 david@oksenate.gov
Senator A J Griffin
(405) 521-5628 griffin@oksenate.gov
Senator Constance Johnson
(405) 521-5531 johnsonc@oksenate.gov
Senator Dan Newberry
405.521.5600 newberry@oksenate.gov
Senator Jabar Shumate
(405) 521-5598
shumate@oksenate.gov

HOUSE BILLS

SUPPORT House Bill 3104 by Representative Mike Jackson
Youth Access Companion Bill
House Judiciary Committee
Tuesday, February 25 @ 3:00

OPPOSE House Bill 2904 by Representative Pat Ownby
Youth Access Bill.
Defines Vapes as a tobacco product
House Judiciary Committee
Tuesday, February 25 @ 3:00

House Judiciary Committee Members and Contacts for HB3104 (VOTE YES) and HB2904 (VOTE NO)
Representative Osborn, Leslie – Chair
(405) 557-7333 leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov
Representative Stiles, Aaron – Vice Chair

(405) 557-7386 aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov
Representative Biggs, Scott R.
(405) 557-7405 scott.biggs@okhouse.gov
Representative Inman, Scott
(405) 557-7370 scott.inman@okhouse.gov
Representative Martin, Steve
(405) 557-7402 stevemartin@okhouse.gov
Representative Morrissette, Richard
(405) 557-7404 richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov
Representative Virgin, Emily
(405) 557-7323 emily.virgin@okhouse.gov
Representative Echols, Jon
(405) 557-7354 jon.echols@okhouse.gov
Representative Johnson, Dennis
(405) 557-7327 dennis.johnson@okhouse.gov
Representative McCall, Charles A.
(405) 557-7412 charles.mccall@okhouse.gov
Representative Newell, Tom
(405) 557-7372 tom.newell@okhouse.gov
Representative Williams, Cory T.
(405) 557-7411 cory.williams@okhouse.gov
Representative Grau, Randy
(405) 557-7360 randy.grau@okhouse.gov
Representative Jordan, Fred
(405) 557-7331 fred.jordan@okhouse.gov
Representative McCullough, Mark
(405) 557-7414 mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov
Representative Sherrer, Ben
(405) 557-7364 bensherrer@okhouse.gov

 

–12/23/2013-

Attention Oklahoma Vapers!!!!

Governor Mary Fallin has signed an executive order banning eCigarette use on all state owned property. This is an abuse of power that needs to be met with outrage not just from vapers but also from citizens of Oklahoma who should be asking hard questions about how egis take priority over every other issue currently effecting the state’s populace. News agencies need to also be taken to task for merely repeating her press release and not asking “why?”. At the end of said press release is an entire promotion for standard NRT and a service funded by the Oklahoma TSET (Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust) who have an Annula $38 million budget which is used to bribe and lobby state and county officials into doing their bidding in order to qualify for hand out from this slush fund.

What can be done? Objection to not just the ban but the abuse of power by citizens of Oklahoma is of top priority along with calls for press to investigate to get a ground swell of opposition to the Governor’s actions needs to happen. A watchful eye on the TSET and the Governor’s office to see if this action sees the state qualify for a large hand out from their fund is necessary too as this provides obvious motive for the action taken. The same actions that were needed to draw attention to this before the order was signed are needed in the aftermath as well in order to win over public opinion not to ecigs specifically but to the abuse of power.

The contacts below are the same as before but with the addition of a Facebook group for an ati Mary Fallin campaign and the front runner for her job in the next election in 2014. His position on her actions and ecigs need to be solicited so we know if we have an ally in him. Please not only circulate the text here but use it and keep the pressure on.

Gov. Mary Fallin email addresses and phone number: info@gov.ok.gov governor@oklaosf.state.ok.us denisenorthrup@cox.net – Gov. Fallin’s Chief of Staff’s personal email Local: (405) 521-2342 Fax: (405) 521-3353 twitter: @GovMaryFallin direct voicemail for the Governor 405-522-8857

Vote Fallin out FB page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote-Mary-Fallin-OUT/362042420579019

Front Runner for the Governor position in 2014 election
http://www.rjharris2012.com/

Background on Oklahoma TSET
http://www.ok.gov/tset/

http://watchdog.org/119734/bribery-grants-e-cigs-brick-in-the-wall/

OK Gov site for contacting the Governor
https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/formbuilder/form.php?form_id=2ab143b4bba6b0e9da3235121bf3a7ef73719541e049cc5bcddf8ed1564dac13

http://www.facebook.com/okgov @okgov

Oklahoma Democratic Headquarters George Krumme Center 4100 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 (405) 427-3366 | (800) 547-5600 Fax: (405) 427-1310
sec of state Chris Benge @chris_benge
https://www.ok.gov/ethics/lobbyist/public_lobbyist_list.php?yr=2012

OK Dept of Health @HealthyOklahoma @OKHouseofReps http://www.okhouse.gov/

Suggested Material to send in any emails
Drexel University study
http://publichealth.drexel.edu/~/media/files/publichealth/ms08.pdf

http://ecigarettereviewed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Electronic-Cigarette-Regulation-Letter-to-the-FDA.pdf

Please email, tweet and Facebook message the Governor and as many Oklahoma news outlets asking why banning eCigs on state owned property is more important than the following problems in Oklahoma

News Outlets in Oklahoma
News OK @NewsOK https://www.facebook.com/NewsOK
Newson6 – @NewsOn6 – https://www.facebook.com/NewsOn6
News9 – https://www.facebook.com/NEWS9 @News9
News4 – https://www.facebook.com/kfor4
Koco news – @koconews https://www.facebook.com/koco5 Paul Folger- pfolger@hearst.com Katy Blakey – kblakey@hearst.com Rob Hughes – rehughes@hearst.com Kim Passoth – kpassoth@hearst.com Erielle Reshef – storyideas@koco.com Michael Seiden – mseiden@hearst.com

KTUL News – @KTULNews https://www.facebook.com/KTULTV http://www.ktul.com/category/191321/contact-us
Kfor News – https://www.facebook.com/kfor4 @kfor emails Meg Alexander – meg.alexander@kfor.com Tara Blume – tara.blume@kfor.com Joleen Chaney – joleen.chaney@kfor.com Galen Culver – galen.culver@kfor.com Ed Doney – ed.doney@kfor.com Courtney Francisco – courtney.francisco@kfor.com La’Tasha Givens – latasha.givens@kfor.com Paige Hill – paige.hill@kfor.com Ashley Kringen – ashley.kringen@kfor.com Ali Meyer – ali.meyer@kfor.com Chellie Mills – chellie.mills@kfor.com Kent Ogle – kent.ogle@kfor.com Bree Steffen – bree.steffen@kfor.com Sarah Stewart – sarah.stewart@kfor.com Jesse Wells – jesse.wells@kfor.com Lance West – lance.west@kfor.com

KJRH News – @KJRH2HD – https://www.facebook.com/kjrhtv
Fox 25 – https://www.facebook.com/foxokc
KSWO News – @KSWO_7NEWS – https://www.facebook.com/KSWO7News
Ponta City News – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ponca-City-News/137888652936318@PoncaCityNow
Fox 23 News – @Fox23tv https://www.facebook.com/fox23news
Shawnee Star – https://www.facebook.com/ShawneeNewsStar @shawneenewsstar
Associated press – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Associated-Press-Oklahoma/464597500259420@apseanmurphy
McAlester news capital – https://www.facebook.com/mcalesternewscapital @McAlesterNews
MuskogeePhoenix – @MuskogeePhoenix https://www.facebook.com/MuskogeePhoenixbjmartin@muskogeephoenix.com
Tulsa World – news@tulsaworld.com @TulsaWorld https://www.facebook.com/tulsaworld

Radio. 101.9fm Twister NEWS HOTLINE: (405) 858-1438
Radio 92.5fm Kent.J@TylerMedia.com
Public radio morning hosts Host Steve Inskeep @nprinskeep Host Renee Montagne
@nprmontagne Host/Correspondent David Greene @nprgreene

Suggested Issues to counter importance of eCig ban with

Education
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2013/10/flaws_found_in_a-f_in_okla_poi.html

Domestic violence
http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x703144709/Domestic-violence-rising-problem-in-Oklahoma

Prescription Drug Abuse & Overdoses
http://www.news9.com/story/23628180/report-oklahoma-ranks-high-in-presciption-drug-overdose-death-rate
http://www.normantranscript.com/crime-beat/x934960867/Prescription-drug-abuse-is-on-the-rise-in-Oklahoma

Water Supply Problems
http://www.news9.com/story/23711469/9-investigates-water-supply-problems-throughout-oklahoma

County Jail Problems
http://newsok.com/county-jail-problems-in-oklahoma-tied-to-states-overall-corrections-approach/article/3881039

Homelessness
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/extended-cold-snap-strains-resources-for-oklahoma-s-homeless/article_2c576e05-5845-5913-8f44-77fdcf4aa1eb.html

National crime stats placement
http://www.okcfox.com/story/22847706/oklahoma-city-ranks-9th-worst-for-crime

Teen Homelessness
http://www.newson6.com/story/19109752/teen-homelessness-a-growing-problem-in-oklahoma

Crime stats
http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Oklahoma-City-Oklahoma.html

Governor quoted commenting on Duck Dynasty, Priorities?
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/366876/okla-governor-comes-duck-dynastys-defense-andrew-johnson

Storm shelters
http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/09/30/why-gov-mary-fallin-wont-back-school-storm-shelter-ballot-measure/

Massive Thanks to the VTV Tunes n Chat Viewers for collectively putting this list together to help!

 

 

 

 

——-outdated April 2013 issues below——-

URGENT Call to Action! Oklahoma Again Tries to Tax E-Cigarettes and More — FA #2 to HB 2097

(www.casaa.org link below)

http://blog.casaa.org/2013/04/call-to-action-oklahoma-again-tries-to.html

***URGENT*** 

Ask OK Senators to OPPOSE Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 by Senator Rob Johnson 

Floor Amendment #2 Is Nearly Identical to SB 802 — The Amendment Would Tax E-Cigarette Sales, Impose Licensing Restrictions and Essentially Prohibit Online Sales

THIS COULD BE VOTED ON ANYTIME TOMORROW (April 16, 2013) AFTER 9:30 A.M. CST.  

[full text of Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 by Senator Rob Johnson]
[legislative tracking for HB 2097]
[previous CASAA Call to Action for SB802]

If enacted, this bill would:

  • Ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would also…
  • Tax sales of “vapor products” (e-cigarettes and cartridges) and “tobacco-derived products” (e-liquid and cartomizers containing nicotine) at 5 cents per 1.48 ml of liquid.
  • Require e-cigarette retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products and abide by 30+ pages of regulations governing how tobacco products are sold.
  • Make it a criminal offense for consumers to buy e-cigarettes online

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UPDATE (4/15/2013):  On April 9, 2013, after somewhere between 250 and 300 e-cigarette users and members of the Oklahoma business community came out to Oklahoma City to protest SB 802 (a bill authored by RJ Reynolds), the House Health Committee wisely voted unfavorably on the bill.

SB 802 was sponsored by Senator Rob Johnson (who previously falsely claimed that e-cigarette companies sold their products in malls so they could target youth).  Unfortunately, it appears that Senator Johnson is not giving up.

Senator Rob Johnson is now attempting to railroad SB 802 through the Oklahoma Senate by attaching it as an amendment to an entirely unrelated bill, HB 2097.

CASAA is requesting that Oklahoma citizens come out even more strongly against FLOOR AMENDMENT #2 TO HB 2097 than they did Senator Johnson’s previous bill to tax e-cigarettes, require licensing, and prohibit online sales. 

There will be no public hearing before Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 comes up for a vote, and thus we need Oklahoma citizens to immediately contact members of the entire Senate.  The most important action for Oklahoma citizens to take is to contact and speak personally with their Senator.

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RJ Reynolds (which makes Camel cigarettes, snus, dissolvables, etc. and will soon be marketing its own e-cigarette) is continuing to push for Senator Johnson’s bill.  Why is Reynolds encouraging Oklahoma legislators to make it harder for Oklahoma e-cigarette stores to buy product?  Why is Reynolds trying to ban Internet sales?  Simple — it will benefit RJ Reynolds by making it harder for adult consumers to purchase premium e-cigarettes.

RJ Reynolds has its lobbyists out every single day fighting for Floor Amendment #2 to pass.  This is why we need a strong, continuing response from Oklahoma vapers.  Please continue to contact the members of the Senate with a simple message — YES on banning sales to minors, NO on creating new taxes, NO on licensing, NO on Internet sales bans, and NO on supporting this cynical ploy by RJ Reynolds to snuff out competition.

Cigarette maker Lorillard, which also owns blu cigs, has also previously encouraged Oklahoma legislators to support SB 802.


Please call or write members of the Oklahoma Senate below

1. Inform them you OPPOSE Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 because it would impose an unwarranted sin tax on electronic cigarette sales, hike taxes on tens of thousands of Oklahoma citizens, harm the availability of e-cigarettes by requiring Oklahoma retailers to only buy products from tobacco wholesalers, and make criminals out of thousands of Oklahoma citizens who purchase e-cigarettes online.

2. Remind the Senators that this amendment is identical to SB 802, which was already soundly rejected in the House Health Committee, and that this is a cynical ploy to end-run a decision that has already been appropriately made by the Senate.

3. Inform the legislators that by taxing vapor product liquid at 5 cents per 1.48 ml of liquid, you would see a TAX INCREASE if SB 802 is enacted.  In fact, a consumer buying a 30 ml bottle of e-liquid for $17 would see their tax liability raise approximately 30%! 

4. Explain the vast majority of Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 is unnecessary and will have unintended consequences on Oklahoma-based small businesses and Oklahoma e-cigarette users.  Additionally, note your opposition to defining e-cigarettes to be a “tobacco product.”

5. Note that the citizens of Oklahoma do not support new taxes and burdensome regulations. Further explain that imposing such wide-ranging laws on e-cigarette sales only serves to protect cigarette markets and will hurt small businesses in Oklahoma.

6. Explain that there is no evidence that any significant number of youth are using e-cigarettes, let alone buying them on the Internet.  A recent survey of 228 adolescents that was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health did not find a single nonsmoking youth who had even tried an e-cigarette.

7. Inform them that Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097 would not only require e-cigarette sellers to obtain a license to sell tobacco, but would also mandate that the only buy their products from an Oklahoma-based distributor or wholesaler.  This provision would impact the availability of hundreds of specialty e-cigarette products, as there are no Oklahoma businesses wholesaling these products.

8. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.


Oklahoma Senate — Who to Contact

(1) Contact your own State Senator using the ‘Find My Legislator’ tool in the bottom right hand corner of the Oklahoma Legislature’s website.  E-mail and/or call your legislator immediately!

Before contacting your State Senator, check to see how they voted on SB 802 when it came up for a vote (weeks before e-cigarette users became aware of the bill).  If they voted ‘Yes,’ explain why they should now vote against Floor Amendment #2. If they voted ‘No,’ explain why they should again vote ‘No’ on Floor Amendment #2.

When writing letters to legislators, be sure to include your full name and address.

(2) Contact the full Oklahoma Senate and collectively encourage them to vote NO on Floor Amendment #2 to HB 2097

Comma delimited list:
aldridge@oksenate.gov, allen@oksenate.gov, anderson@oksenate.gov, ballenger@oksenate.gov, barrington@oksenate.gov, bass@oksenate.gov, bingman@oksenate.gov, boggs@oksenate.gov, branan@oksenate.gov, brecheen@oksenate.gov, brinkley@oksenate.gov, brooks@oksenate.gov, brownb@oksenate.gov, burrage@oksenate.gov, coates@oksenate.gov, crain@oksenate.gov, dahm@oksenate.gov, david@oksenate.gov, ellis@oksenate.gov, efields@oksenate.gov, fordj@oksenate.gov, garrisone@oksenate.gov, griffin@oksenate.gov, halligan@oksenate.gov, holt@oksenate.gov, ivester@oksenate.gov, johnsonc@oksenate.gov, johnsonr@oksenate.gov, jolley@oksenate.gov, justice@oksenate.gov, loveless@oksenate.gov, marlatt@oksenate.gov, mazzei@oksenate.gov, mcaffrey@oksenate.gov, newberry@oksenate.gov, paddack@oksenate.gov, schulz@oksenate.gov, sharp@oksenate.gov, shaw@oksenate.gov, shortey@oksenate.gov, shumate@oksenate.gov, simpson@oksenate.gov, sparks@oksenate.gov, standridge@oksenate.gov, stanislawski@oksenate.gov, lewis@oksenate.gov, treat@oksenate.gov, wyrick@oksenate.gov

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DEFEATED!!!!!!

 

Updated 4/7/13.

There has been a Call To Action by CASAA.ORG about this bill, which can be read or linked in entirety here:

http://blog.casaa.org/2013/03/call-to-action-oklahoma-bill-to-tax-e.html

SB 802 has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 9th at 1:30 pm at the State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City (address information).  Vapers will be holding a rally outside the capital beginning at 9 am!  CASAA is requesting that all vapers attend and testify in opposition.  Please e-mail us at board@casaa.org if you plan to attend.

The full SB802 Bill can be read here:  SB 802

The text from the CTA is as follows:

If enacted, this bill would:

  • Ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would also…
  • Tax sales of “vapor products” (e-cigarettes and cartridges) and “tobacco-derived products” (e-liquid and cartomizers containing nicotine) at 5 cents per 1.48 ml of liquid.
  • Require e-cigarette retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products and abide by 30+ pages of regulations governing how tobacco products are sold.
  • Make it a criminal offense for consumers to buy e-cigarettes online

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IMPORTANT UPDATE (4/07/2013):
RJ Reynolds lobbyists have told vapor store owners in Oklahoma that SB 802 would represent a tax cut for their business and their customers.  In short, their argument has been that by instituting a small excise tax on e-cigarette products containing nicotine, vapor product users would no longer have to pay the 4.5% sales tax that is levied on sales of all consumer goods. 

The truth is that SB 802 would be a TAX HIKE for the multitude of Oklahoma residents who use e-liquid in their products.  The members of the House Public Health Committee need to hear this.

Currently, an Oklahoma citizen who buys any product in a brick & mortar vaping store pays a 4.5% sales tax (the same tax as if you buy a stereo, DVD, or iPad).  RJR claims that if SB 802 is passed, the sales tax would be replaced with a 5 cent tax applied to every “vapor product unit.” A “vapor product unit” would be defined as approximately .05 oz of ‘consumable material’ (the equivalent of 1.48 ml of e-liquid).

In real-world terms, this means that a 30 ml bottle of e-liquid that currently incurs a 77 cent sales tax would instead be subject to a sales tax of $1.00 – $1.05.  That’s a tax increase of 30%!  

Enactment of SB 802 would only benefit RJ Reynolds and other companies that sell or plan to sell disposable e-cigarettes (none of which hold a significant amount of e-liquid).  If RJ Reynolds sold its Vuse e-cigarette in Oklahoma for $10 today, it would be subject to a sales tax of 45 cents.  Vuse almost undoubtedly holds less than 1.48 ml of consumable material, so under SB 802, customers of a RJ Reynolds product would only pay 5 cents.

Additionally, as Americans for Tax Reform noted in a letter to members of the Public Health Committee, it “remains unclear” whether SB 802 would actually remove the requirement that sales tax be paid on e-cigarette purchases.  The Oklahoma law at issue (68 O.S. 2001, §1355) does not require sales tax to be paid on “cigarettes and tobacco products.”  However, SB 802 specifically notes that ‘vapor products’ and ‘tobacco-derived products’ are NOT ‘tobacco products.’ 

This is bad legislation, and unless substantially amended, should be rejected.

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UPDATE (4/2/2013): 

RJ Reynolds (which makes Camel cigarettes, snus, dissolvables, etc. and will soon be marketing its own e-cigarette) is continuing to push for this bill.  RJ Reynolds has even put up a website encouraging Oklahoma tobacco consumers to support SB 802.  Why is Reynolds encouraging Oklahoma legislators to make it harder for Oklahoma e-cigarette stores to buy product?  Why is Reynolds trying to ban Internet sales?  Simple — it will benefit RJ Reynolds by making it harder for adult consumers to purchase premium e-cigarettes.

RJ Reynolds has its lobbyists out every single day fighting for SB 802 to pass.  This is why we need a strong, continuing response from Oklahoma vapers.  Please continue to contact the members of the House Public Health Committee with a simple message — YES on banning sales to minors, NO on creating new taxes, NO on licensing, NO on Internet sales bans, and NO on supporting this cynical ploy by RJ Reynolds to snuff out competition.

A new strategy being employed by supporters of SB 802 is to claim that SB 802 would actually represent a tax cut for Oklahoma citizens.  This is because e-cigarette sales are currently subject to Oklahoma’s state sales tax.  If SB 802 is enacted, e-cigarettes sales would no longer be subject to this tax. However, sales of e-liquid would incur a tax increase (see 4/7/2013 Update).

Thus, CASAA continues to oppose SB 802, and we encourage all of our Oklahoma members to do the same.

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As introduced by Senator Rob Johnson, SB 802 was 4 pages long and did not mention e-cigarettes once.  Without informing e-cigarette consumers and retailers, Senator Johnson introduced a 34-page substitute bill that would apply nearly every Oklahoma law regarding the sale of cigarettes to the sale of “vapor products” and “tobacco-derived products.” Because SB 802, as introduced, would not have impacted e-cigarettes, CASAA did not become aware of SB 802 until after it had already passed the Oklahoma Senate.

Worse, Senator Johnson has been spreading lies and misinformation about e-cigarettes.  For example, Senator Johnson has claimed that the reason e-cigarettes are sold in malls is to attract children.  (In Senator Johnson’s defense, he has been an avid proponent of tobacco harm reduction.)

SB 802 is now awaiting a hearing before the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee.
If you may be able to testify against this bill at a committee hearing in Oklahoma City, OK, please email us at board@casaa.org.


Please call or write members of the House Public Health Committee below

1. Inform them that while you support banning e-cigarette sales to minors, SB 802 goes too far by imposing an unwarranted sin tax on e-cigarette sales, mandating retailer licensing, and prohibiting consumers from buying e-cigarettes online.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

3. Inform the legislators that by taxing vapor product liquid at 5 cents per 1.48 ml of liquid, you would see your taxes INCREASED if SB 802 is enacted.  In fact, a consumer buying a 30 ml bottle of e-liquid for $17 would see their tax liability raise approximately 30%!

4. Explain the vast majority of SB 802 is unnecessary and will have unintended consequences on Oklahoma-based small businesses and Oklahoma e-cigarette users.

5. Suggest that instead of taxing e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing products, the Public Health Committee instead amend Oklahoma’s tax statutes to make clear that there is to be NO tax imposed on these products.  Oklahoma vapers do not oppose continuing to pay sales taxes on e-cigarettes (as they do with thousands of consumer goods they purchase every year).

6. Note that the citizens of Oklahoma do not support new taxes and burdensome regulations. Further explain that imposing such wide-ranging laws on e-cigarette sales only serves to protect cigarette markets and will hurt small businesses in Oklahoma.

7. Explain that there is no evidence that any significant number of youth are using e-cigarettes, let alone buying them on the Internet.  A recent survey of 228 adolescents that was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health did not find a single nonsmoking youth who had even tried an e-cigarette.

8. Inform them that SB 802 would not only require e-cigarette sellers to obtain a license to sell tobacco, but would also mandate that the only buy their products from an Oklahoma-based distributor or wholesaler.  This provision would impact the availability of hundreds of speciality e-cigarette products, as there are no Oklahoma businesses wholesaling these products.

8. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.


House Committee on Public Health — Who to Contact

Rep. David Derby (Chairman) (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 408
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7377
Email: david.derby@okhouse.gov

Rep. Glen Mulready (Vice-Chairman – R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 338
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7340
Email: glen.mulready@okhouse.gov

Rep. Doug Cox (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 331
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7415
Email: dougcox@okhouse.gov

Rep. Jon Echols (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 316
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7354
Email: jon.echols@okhouse.gov

Rep. John Enns (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 434
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7321
Email: john.enns@okhouse.gov

Rep. Randy Grau (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 537A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7360
Email: randy.grau@okhouse.gov

Rep. Rebecca Hamilton (D)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 510
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7397
Email: rebeccahamilton@okhouse.gov

Rep. Arthur Hulbert (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 321
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7310
Email: arthur.hulbert@okhouse.gov

Rep. Jeannie McDaniel (D)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 508
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7334
Email: jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov

Rep. Mike Ritze (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 303A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7338
Email: mike.ritze@okhouse.gov

Rep. Mike Shelton (D)
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 539
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7367
Email: mikeshelton@okhouse.gov

Comma delimited list:
david.derby@okhouse.gov, glen.mulready@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, jon.echols@okhouse.gov, john.enns@okhouse.gov, randy.grau@okhouse.gov, rebeccahamilton@okhouse.gov, arthur.hulbert@okhouse.gov, jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov, mike.ritze@okhouse.gov, mikeshelton@okhouse.gov

 

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We were notified today that Oklahoma is trying to pass Senate Bill 802. While reading this, I saw language in which retailers must post on their retail establishments that anyone under the age of 18 will be denied the use and/or purchase of vapor products and retailers will now apply for a tobacco permit. Our stores and many around the metro has already posted signs and are diligent in making sure we do not sell vapor products to minor.

There is also language that Vapor Products (Section 13. Item 6), “Upon all vapor products, the tax shall be five cents ($0.05) per vapor product unit and a proportionate tax at the like rate on all fractional parts of a vapor product unit in excess of a single vapor product unit. At no time shall the rate levied upon a vapor product unit exceed one – tenth (0.10) the rate of tax imposed on a pack of cigarettes in this state”. Item 7 has the same language except this concerns “Tobacco Derived Product”. This tax will be additional to the sales tax already put into place and not only does this extend to the vapor products you are buying but now we also have to put tax on our nicotine products we purchase to make our eliquids. In turn, we will have to extend the tax we are paying on our nicotine products to the consumer. (Section 13 Below Item 7).

If this bills passes, the taxation of our vapor products is considerably less then analogs (Taxation of 25%) and chewing tobacco (Taxation of 20%), this only opens the door to future and more taxation as more and more people make the switch from analogs to the ecig. While we feel this is necessary to have a tighter control on making sure minors have no access to vapor products, this bill definitely needs more work before we can vote on it.

Vote NO to Senate Bill 802.

We and your congressman’s would love to hear your feedback on SB 802.

2 Responses to OKLAHOMA!!

  1. Statement from The Vapor Hut:

    Oklahoma SB 802 was passed in the state Senate on March 6, 2013 and will now be considered in the state House of Representatives.

    SB 802 affects the sale of electronic cigarettes (or “vapor products”) in two ways. First it addresses the sale of vapor products to minors. Second, it imposes a tax on consumers of vapor products similar to the tax on tobacco products.

    The Vapor Hut, like most other vapor shops, has always voluntarily refused to sell nicotine products to anyone under the age of 18. We will continue this policy and welcome legislation addressing the sale of vapor products containing nicotine to minors.

    However, the proposed taxation contained in the bill is highly problematic.

    The additional taxes levied on tobacco products in Oklahoma are designed to detour consumers from using tobacco. Tobacco usage is costly to the state of Oklahoma and its residents in heath care costs and lives. According to data from the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 “Oklahoma’s smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 47th among the states.”

    The tobacco tax is only one way the state discourages tobacco use. In fact, the State of Oklahoma spends a substantial amount of money each year funding the QuitNow program which provides free nicotine replacement therapy products (patches and gum)to Oklahomans wanting to quit smoking.

    We, also, want to see as many Oklahomans as possible give up smoking.

    Although the FDA has yet to decide how electronic cigarettes will be labeled, prohibiting our products from being classified as cessation devices, we have seen thousands of Oklahomans quit smoking. Vapor products, as labeled in SB 802, deliver similar levels of nicotine as the products provided by the QuitNow program. However, many consumers have reported increases success when using vapor products to quit smoking.

    If we, as a state, are offering nicotine replacement therapies to our residents to aid in smoking cessation but penalizing the use of vapor products we are sending a mixed message.

    It is our belief that consumers should not be penalized for purchasing vapor products in the way they are for tobacco products.

    *****Please contact the State House Representative for your district and ask them to vote no to SB 802. Let them know that while we will support legislation prohibiting the sale of nicotine products to minors we cannot support the additional taxation. If you have been able to quit smoking with the help of vapor products, please share that with them.*****

    To find out who your representative is go to:
    http://www.okhouse.gov/FindMyLegislator.aspx?State=OK

    For a complete list of representatives with contact info go to:
    http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx

    PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!

    If your representative is ill informed of the benefits of vapor products please direct them to these articles.

    “Successful smoking cessation with electronic cigarettes in smokers with a documented history of recurring relapses: a case series” from the Journal of Medical Case Reports
    http://www.jmedicalcasereports.com/content/pdf/1752-1947-5-585.pdf

    “Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: a step forward or a repeat of past mistakes?” from the Journal of Public Health Policy
    http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jphp/journal/v32/n1/pdf/jphp201041a.pdf

  2. Shawn Towle says:

    “…the tax shall be five cents ($0.05) per vapor product unit and a proportionate tax at the like rate on all fractional parts of a vapor product unit in excess of a single vapor product unit.”
    So if this were to pass as written, does this mean if a pre-filled cartridge comes with .3ml and $.05 tax, a 10ml bottle will now have an additional $1.50 tax to start, until it is again raised even higher?

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