Support HB 680 to add "electronic devices" to the definition of a tobacco product
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am writing to ask you to please support HB 680, An Act relative to the definition of tobacco product for purposes of the tobacco tax and retail tobacco licensing.
HB 680 would add "electronic devices" to the definition of a tobacco product, following the recommendations of the FDA who recently deemed electronic devices to be tobacco products, including component pieces of the device such as the batteries and heating source. Without this addition to the definition, "vape" shops are operating across the state without the same oversight and licensure that other tobacco retailers in the state must comply with, making e-cigarettes more accessible to youth. This is particularly troublesome in New Hampshire because:-the current youth e-cigarette rate is 23.8%, more than the national average; -almost half of 8th grade students and two thirds of 10th grade students say it is easy to get cigarettes because older siblings and acquaintance can easily purchase these devices; and -New Hampshire spends $729 million annually on health care costs directly caused by smoking.
The case is clear: too many New Hampshire children are able to obtain and use e-cigarettes. Please support HB 680 to protect New Hampshire youth from these deadly products.I look forward to hearing from you on this important issue.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]