The last we heard about Mark Leno’s SB140 was in April when it passed the Senate Appropriations board. Since then it has moved all the way to the Senate Floor for its third reading. It was then referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization in June.
SB140 is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in Sacramento. This is the best opportunity for California vapers to put a stop to this bill. If SB140 passes it will have a detrimental effect on vape shops and the vape industry as we see it today.
Southern California is at the forefront of the vape industry, culture and movement. If the large concentration of vapers in Orange County, Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and Ventura County took a stand and contacted their elected officials the impact would be phenomenal.
Here’s a reminder of what SB140 will do:
- Redefines tobacco products to include electronic cigarettes/vapor
- They’re equating your vape with a cigarette
- It will be illegal to vape in public
- Can only vape in designated smoking areas
- Illegal to vape in rental units such as apartments
- Illegal to vape in a vehicle with a minor present (regardless if the car is moving or not)
- Illegal to vape in workplaces, including vape shops
- Illegal to sample eliquid in vape shops
- No exemptions for vape shops to allow vaping in their shops
Now, what can you do about it? Plenty!
Stefan Didak and Geoff Braithwaite of the NorCal SFATA group put together a few things that we can do. The actions we take today may save our industry and the lives of potential ex-smokers.
Look at the list of Committee Members below and see if your city is on the list. If it is, call them and express your concerns about SB140 and ask that they vote NO on the bill. It’s even more effective if you make an appointment to express your concerns in person.
California Business Owners in the Vape Industry
It is crucial that you take the time to contact the Committee Members.
Explain the following:
- The economic impacts that this bill will have on your business
- The sales tax you pay to the state
- You and your employees may end up unemployed
- Remind them that your business does not want to be regulated as a tobacco product
California Vape Shops and Retailers
In addition to everything mentioned above make sure your customers are aware of SB140. Ask them to contact the Committee Member for their city and tell them how it will effect them as a vaper and to vote NO on SB140.
If your shop is in one of the Committee Member’s cities, download and print out the ‘Save Vaping’ flyer. Write in the Committee Members name and phone number in the space provided and have them available at your shop. Encourage your customers to take them and contact the representative.
If your shop is not located in one of the Committee Member’s cities you can still download and print out the ‘Save Vaping’ flyer. Feel free to write in the Chair or Vice-Chair’s name and phone number in the space provided. Update on 6/30: At this time, callers are being asked to give their home address to verify that they live in the correct district.
Committee Members to Contact
|Cristina Garcia||58||Bell Gardens||(562)-861-5803|
|Eric Linder (Vice-Chair)||60||Corona||(951) 371-6860|
|Jim Cooper||9||Elk Grove||(916)-262-0999|
|Reginald Jones-Sawyer||59||Los Angeles||(213)-744-2111|
|Adam Gray (Chair)||21||Merced||(209) 726-5465|
|Ken Cooley||8||Rancho Cordova||(916)-464-1910|
|Marc Steinorth||40||Rancho Cucamonga||(909)-466-9096|
|Nora Campos||27||San Jose||(408)-277-1220|
|Katcho Achadjian||35||San Luis Obispo||(805)-549-3381|
|Marc Levine||10||San Rafael||(415)-479-4920|
|Scott Wilk||38||Santa Clarita||(661)-286-1565|
|Roger Hernandez||48||West Covina||(626)-960-4457|
|Chad Mayes||42||Yucca Valley||(760)-674-0164|