I’m sure most of you are already aware of this, but it’s extremely important so I feel obligated to help get the word out. A new federal tax was recently proposed that could potentially make e-liquid too expensive for many of us. We’re talking an additional $40 tax if you wanted to purchase a 120mL/6mg bottle. And for all the DIYers out there, you’d be looking at an extra $5,560 per liter of 100mg nicotine! It’s absolutely crazy. PLEASE click the link below and complete the Call to Action from CASAA. No excuses, guys; this is too important. You’ve already invested 30 seconds of your time reading this paragraph, all I ask is that you invest another 30 to help protect your access to harm-reduction products. Thank you!
A crippling new federal tax on safer nicotine products and low-risk alternatives to smoking is being proposed as part of the funding bill for President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. This tax would severely limit Americans’ access to safer alternatives and would only punish people who are trying to quit smoking by making all nicotine and smoke-free tobacco products unaffordable.
Below is a table showing the devastating effects of this proposed tax on nicotine (TFN, synthetic, and tobacco-derived), and how it would affect bottled e-liquids. These figures are just the extra taxes you’ll be paying and don’t include the cost of the e-liquid.
Politico reported this morning that some Republicans, and even a few Democrats, are hesitant about (or completely against) including this tax in the spending bill because the tax would primarily affect Americans making under $200,000 a year and minority groups. President Biden promised Americans, as recently as this week, that he’d never approve a tax on people making under $400,000 a year and this new tax would break that promise. We must take advantage of this opportunity and tell our members of Congress that these concerns are valid, and that we strongly oppose this tax – and they should too.
“It’s crucial that large numbers of vapers take action immediately to object to the nicotine tax, because once it’s locked into the final tax and spending bill, few if any Democrats will vote against the bill…”
– Jim McDonald, Vaping360
Follow the links in this email to our Call to Action, and within a few minutes you’ll be able to send your federal lawmakers messages voicing your concerns! Feel free to customize the messages as well, and share your quitting stories!
Urgent. USPS Vape Mail Ban
My apologies, I’m a little late to the party with this one. Most of you are already aware of what’s happening with the USPS Vape Mail Ban and have probably received countless Call-to-Action emails already, so I won’t waste any time on the details. Please click the CASAA link down below to submit your comments to both USPS and members of Congress. This is extremely important, so I urge you to make your voice heard if you haven’t already. Comments will be accepted until Monday, March 22. You can read Alex Clark’s message in its entirety down below for more info.
It was also brought to my attention that Michelle Hughes (who wrote a fantastic DIY Article for us last year) has started a petition opposing the UPS and FedEx Vape Mail Bans. All you have to do is click the second link below and enter your name and email. That’s it!
During the final days of 2019, Congress passed a massive budget bill that included a ban on shipping vapor products to consumers through the USPS. Before the new regulation goes into effect, the US Postal Service is posting its proposed rule to gather feedback from the public. This is a normal part of the rulemaking process and provides an opportunity to point out deficiencies or conflicts that a new rule may suffer from. In this case, the publication is largely pro-forma as the directions from congress (at least some of them) are clear: Ban shipments of vapor products to consumers.
Click the button above to see our detailed alert on this issue. CASAA is providing specifics about what USPS is looking for in comments as well as an easy form to use for sending messages to both USPS and members of Congress.
Picking apart the deficiencies in a proposed rule can be difficult, but don’t let that stand in the way of making your voice heard. Stick with what you know and keep it simple. It’s up to all of us to change the narrative about the people who make, sell, and use vapor products and why these products are working.
Your story has power!
Thank you for standing up for Tobacco Harm Reduction,
Please Help! A Message from CASAA
I’ll make this one short and sweet: CASAA needs our help. I received the following email from them the other day and I wanted to pass it along to you guys. I’ll paste the entire message down below for you to read. I know times are tough right now, and that’s probably one of the reasons why this has become an issue. These guys rely on donations to stay operational…and those donations have plummeted by 40%! If everyone could spare a few dollars, it could really make a huge difference. Remember, CASAA is tirelessly working for OUR benefit; the least we can do is compensate them for their efforts. I can’t even imagine where we’d be without them. If you only click one link today, please make it the one below. Thanks!
To all of our members,
All things considered, CASAA has had a good run. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve helped elevate the voice of consumers to a degree that top officials at the Food and Drug Administration make public statements acknowledging the benefits of vaping and other smoke-free alternatives. We need your help to keep this energy going.
As you well know, CASAA membership is free. We provide all of our services and information to the public without asking for much in return. We don’t sell our members’ data and we don’t put up paywalls, we rely 100% on voluntary donations. So when we tell you that we’ve seen an almost 40% decline in donations over the past year, understand that it means our ability to continue providing information and services is in grave danger.
In light of this, we are doing something we’ve never really done before: We are asking you, plainly and simply, to donate to CASAA. Today. Right now.
The truth is, if every person who opened this email donated just $2.00, we’d have the funding we need to stay operational for the rest of the year. If even half of those people signed up for monthly $2.00 donations, our operating costs would be covered, and we could start implementing plans for expansion.
What would expansions look like for CASAA?
Let’s get some real lobbying power. Lobbying firms are expensive and for years consumers have been left to rely on industry associations to provide lobbying resources such as access to lawmakers and even seats at public hearings. We need our own voice in legislatures, and we need to pay for it on our own.
Expanded Programs. Prepping for spoken testimony, educational materials for lawmakers, and PR campaigns all require up-front investment of money and people power. More funding = more staff and more opportunities to reach people outside of the vaping community.
Sustained defense against enduring threats. Just because the FDA is promising to crack down on non-compliant manufacturers after September 9, 2020, doesn’t mean that our fight is over. Anti-nicotine idealogues are pressuring all levels of government to enact stricter laws that are creating new problems and we need to be equipped to respond as well as proactively fix existing bad policies.
My name is Jeremy and I’ve been writing for VAPE.DEALS since early 2016. Digging for deals is what I do! I’m a former 15-year smoker and will always be grateful that I found vaping when I did. This site played a key role in my journey. It kept me interested and excited about vaping during those first crucial months away from cigarettes. Now, my ambition is to pass along that excitement to others; to help people make the switch and never return to combustible cigarettes. This industry is important and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it. Please feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions: [email protected]