Oppose SB 508
Dear [Decision Maker],
SB 508 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. E-cigarettes can cause public health harm if they lead to the use of nicotine and/or other tobacco products by youth and non-tobacco users, lead former smokers to relapse to nicotine use or use of other tobacco products, or delay complete smoking cessation among current smokers.
The FDA has not approved any e-cigarettes as tobacco cessation products.
Several studies, including one by the FDA, have found nicotine in products claiming to contain no nicotine. In addition, the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless "water vapor" and can contain potentially harmful chemicals and toxins including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, tobacco-specific nitrosamines and diacetyl. I urge you to support the tobacco tax package as passed in July 2016 by opposing all efforts to alert the revenue package, change product definitions, or lower the price of any tobacco product including e-cigarettes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]