American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

PA: General Opposition to SB 508 e communication

Recipients

  • State Senator Lisa M. Boscola
  • State Senator Arthur 'Art' L. Haywood III
  • State Senator Mario M. Scavello
  • State Senator Michele Brooks
  • State Senator Lawrence 'Larry' M. Farnese Jr.
  • State Senator Daylin B. Leach
  • State Senator Lisa J. Baker
  • State Senator Gene Yaw
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' M. Browne
  • State Senator Kim L. Ward
  • State Senator Scott E. Hutchinson
  • State Senator Mike J. Folmer
  • State Senator Elder A. Vogel Jr.
  • State Senator Thomas 'Tom' H. Killion
  • State Senator Jay Costa Jr.
  • State Senator Joseph 'Joe' B. Scarnati III
  • State Senator James 'Jim' R. Brewster
  • State Senator John P. Sabatina Jr.
  • State Senator John R. Gordner
  • State Senator Judith 'Judy' L. Schwank
  • State Senator Jacob 'Jake' D. Corman III
  • State Senator Daniel 'Dan' J. Laughlin
  • State Senator Sharif T. Street
  • State Senator David 'Dave' G. Argall
  • State Senator Bob Mensch
  • State Senator John T. Yudichak
  • State Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr.
  • State Senator John P. Blake
  • State Senator Wayne D. Fontana
  • State Senator Christine 'Tina' M. Tartaglione
  • State Senator Andrew 'Andy' E. Dinniman
  • State Senator Scott F. Martin
  • State Senator Mike R. Regan
  • State Senator Robert 'Tommy' M. Tomlinson
  • State Senator Vincent J. Hughes
  • State Senator Anthony 'Tony' H. Williams
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' J. Stefano
  • State Senator Ryan P. Aument
  • State Senator John M. DiSanto

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Message

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]