On February 2, 2017, Arizona government officials introduced a Senate Bill (SB 1517) that, if passed, will increase the taxes on all vape-related products to 95% of the wholesale cost. This is a severe increase of the tax on these items, and would have a devastating effect on the vaping industry, up to and including businesses shutting down.
If you would like to voice your opposition to this proposed bill (We strongly encourage you to do so), we have added the names of the Senators and Representatives responsible for this bill with their email addresses. YOU MUST USE A PERSONAL EMAIL TO SEND A LETTER ELECTRONICALLY. We also request that you keep your letter civil, and refrain from using any derogatory language. Passions run high, but using abusive language will only hurt our cause.
We have also attached a template letter that you can copy, word for word if you wish, into your email to use instead of having to write one yourself.
Once again, we strongly encourage you to take action. If we do not voice our objections now, we will have no choice but to live with the consequences of these laws. The only way to stop the laws from passing is to unite against this law’s approval.
The list of the Senators and Representatives are as follows :
Senator Juan Mendez Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jamescita Peshlakai Email : email@example.com
Representative Isela Blanc Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Kirsten Engel Email : Kengel@azleg.gov
Representative Ray D. Martinez Email : email@example.com
Representative Pamela Powers Hannley Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Athena Salman Email : email@example.com
To submit electronically, head to CASAA’s call to action page.
Here is a message that the vape community is free to use to voice their concerns, if you don’t want to write your own letter:
I am writing to urge you to oppose SB 1517. This bill would impose an unjustified 95% wholesale tax on vapor products.
Imposing extra taxes on vapor products would be severely detrimental to the E-cigarette industry in the State of Arizona as well as country wide. One of the many benefits of the E-cigarettes is the influx of jobs created by the industry. Implementing these taxes will cause multiple E-cigarette manufacturers, distributors, and retailers close down their facilities, putting many tax-paying Americans out of work. This outcome is far worse for the economy than the new taxes imposed by SB 1517 could offset.
Forcing legitimate businesses to shut down will also have the unintended consequence of consumers looking at creating their own E-liquid. The creation of a vapor product black market would be dangerous. If the consumer does not have a professional knowledge of mixing processes, dosages, and sterilization, there could be fatal consequences. This asinine bill is just shy of an outright prohibition, and history has shown us the horrific long-term effects of prohibition.
With these considerations in mind, I firmly believe that passing SB 1517 would cause a lot more harm than good in the State of Arizona, and I wholeheartedly request that you stand with your constituents and oppose this potentially crippling bill.