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Call to Action! Illinois Bill Would Ban Sale of Liquid for E-Cigarettes Until Illinois Department of Public Health Establishes Packaging Standards

(last updated 4/2/2014)

If enacted, HB 5689 would:
Require all e-cigarette liquids to be sold in "special packaging" and require the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish standards for such packaging BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquids in Illinois until these regulations are enacted. Illinois vapers, your help is needed.  This bill has could come up for a vote in the Illinois General Assembly at any time. 

While HB 5689 is being promoted as a bill to sensibly require childproof caps on e-cigarette liquids, the truth is that this bill would BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquid products until regulations are proposed and enacted by the Illinois Department of Public Health that describe the sort of packaging that is required.  These regulations could take anywhere from six months to two years to actually become law. In that time, sales of e-cigarette liquid would be banned.

Additionally, even if HB 5689 is amended to allow for continued sales of e-liquid, this bill still abdicates rulemaking power to unelected bureaucrats of the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Improper regulation, even on a subject as seemingly simple as childproof packaging, could have negative consequences for consumers by raising the cost of products or enacting barriers to adult access. As far as we can tell, no one at the Department of Public Health has any special knowledge of e-cigarettes or e-cigarette packaging. HB 5689 provides no funding for experts in the field of e-cigarettes or child-resistant packaging to be retained by the Department of Public Health. 

ILLINOIS VAPERS, PLEASE CALL:

Speaker of the IL Assembly Rep. Michael Madigan -- (217) 782-5350 

IL Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Currie -- (217) 782-8121

CASAA is asking our members in Illinois to please reach out to these two critically important elected officials in the Illinois General Assembly and ask them to OPPOSE HB 5689 because it: (1)  would immediately ban the sale of all e-cigarette liquid in Illinois; and (2) it is an unfunded mandate on the Department of Public Health that requires them to make packaging rules for e-cigarette liquid, a product that the Department of Public Health is unprepared to adequately regulate.

If you wish to take additional action, CASAA has produced e-mail lists below for the members of the Illinois House of Representatives that have e-mail addresses publicly listed.
Remember, you can register to receive free CASAA e-mail alerts  regarding this and other legislation in Illinois and across the United States. We will alert you when there are  opportunities to voice your concerns to the members of the Illinois State Legislature.   


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Please contact the members of the Illinois House of Representatives and let them know:

1. You are an Illinois resident and would like them to OPPOSE HB 5689 because it would immediately ban the sale of all e-cigarette liquid in the State of Illinois.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or another smoke-free product has changed your life.

3.  Explain that:

While HB 5689 is being promoted as a bill to sensibly require child-resistant packaging on e-cigarette liquids, the truth is that this bill would BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquid products until regulations detailing specific packaging specifications are proposed and enacted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
These regulations could take anywhere from six months to two years to actually become law. In that time, sales of e-cigarette liquid would be banned.
Even if HB 5689 is amended to allow for continued sales of e-liquid, this bill still hands over rulemaking power on a thriving, worldwide industry to unelected bureaucrats at the Illinois Department of Public Health, and all without appropriating a single dollar for the Department of Public Health to accomplish this.  This bill is an unfunded mandate on the Department of Public Health. Improper regulation, even on a subject as seemingly simple as child-resistant packaging, could have negative consequences for consumers by raising the cost of products or enacting barriers to adult access. Overly restrictive regulations that are not based on science could also lead to costly lawsuits.      The vast majority of e-cigarette businesses in Illinois already do sell their e-cigarette liquid in child-resistant packaging (i.e., with caps similar to those on medicine). The FDA is likely to announce their proposed regulations for e-cigarettes in the near future. These regulations will, at bare minimum, almost certainly set out packaging requirements, and any such regulations would preempt Illinois regulations on packaging. In other words, the Department of Public Health will be expending time, resources, and possibly fighting lawsuits to establish regulations that could be made unenforceable after just a few months or a year. 


Contact your Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Senate representatives by using this website

If you wish to make phone calls to multiple representatives in your general area, or send out Tweets or make Facebook posts, please see this Excel document (Google Cache here). Caution: This list was last updated in 2013, so please also use the current General Assembly member list to confirm that individual members are still in office.

Additionally, you can also respectfully voice your opposition in e-mails to many members of the Illinois General Assembly and Senate using the lists below:

Email list for the IL General Assembly: 
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