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PA: Support Tobacco Taxes

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Oppose SB 508

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am asking you to support the tobacco tax package as passed in July 2016 by opposing all efforts to alter the revenue package, change product definitions, or lower the tax on any tobacco products including e-cigarettes.

Oppose SB 508. It is not in the best interest of the state's health and budget. It would alter the tax on e-cigarettes from 40 percent of the wholesale price to a 5 cents/mL tax and redefine these products from electronic cigarettes to the inaccurate term "vapor products".

E-cigarettes are tobacco products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asserted its authority over e-cigarettes as tobacco products and will regulate them as such. The FDA has not approved any e-cigarettes as tobacco cessation products.

E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 24.1% of Pennsylvania High School students had used e-cigarettes during the last 30 days and 40.8% had ever tried the products.

Maintaining the new tax on e-cigarettes at 40 percent of wholesale will discourage youth from using these products.

I strongly urge you to oppose SB 508.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]