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Call to Action! New Jersey's Governor Christie is Proposing a Tax on E-Cigarettes at the Same Rate as Combustible Cigarettes (Significantly UPDATED 3-27-14)

(last updated 3/27/2014)

New Jersey vapers are now facing four significant threats, including two major tax bills, an outdoor usage ban, and a bizarre proposal to tax e-cigarette advertising:

(1) Governor Christie has proposed taxing e-cigarettes at the same rate as combustible cigarettes.  While details have not yet been released, reports are that this tax could easily double the cost of purchasing e-cigarette liquid, cartridges, and devices in the state.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, some legislators, like Assemblyman Dan Benson, worry that taxing e-cigarettes less than traditional cigarettes would be “sending a message out there that they’re somehow safer.” Link to full article. There have been 5 hearings on the matter in Trenton.  At every hearing e-cigarette users, vendors, and/or harm reduction advocates spoke out against the tax. We need to continue working to stop Gov. Christie's tax hike from becoming law.

(2) Senate Bill 1867 (SB1867) has been introduced by Senators Joseph F. Vitale (D) and Richard J. Codey (D). This bill would tax all components of an electronic cigarette, including devices, at 75% of wholesale price. SB1867 would also require e-cigarette retailers to obtain a tobacco license, and it would also greatly increase the cost of acquiring such a license. This bill is currently pending before the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Link to bill information.

(3) Assembly Bill 1080 (A1080) would fine vapers $250 to $1000 for using their e-cigarette anywhere on a beach or public park. This bill has passed the Assembly and must now move through the Senate. It is currently pending before the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Link to bill information.  

(4) Assembly Bill 2980 (A2980) & Senate Bill 1818 (SB1818) would tax e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco *advertising* at 25% of the amount companies spend on promoting their products in New Jersey. This is an unprecedented measure that is almost guaranteed to be found to violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. These bills are currently pending before the Assembly and Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committees.  Link to bill information.


Due to the number of bills pending, CASAA has produced a full list of Assembly and Senate members below so you can express your opposition to all the pending bills. We strongly encourage New Jersey vapers to make phone calls to Assembly and Senate members opposing these bills. 

The most important step you can take is to make personal contact, including phone calls and in-person meetings, with your New Jersey Senator and General Assembly representatives (a total of three contacts). Find out who they are using your city here.  Let them know that you are in their district and want them to oppose taxes on electronic cigarettes and outdoor usage bans. Educate them about how e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products are so different. 

Remember, you can register to receive free CASAA e-mail alerts  regarding this and other legislation in New Jersey and across the United States. We will alert you when there are other opportunities to voice your concerns to the members of the New Jersey State Legislature.   

CALL and EMAIL members of the NJ Senate and Assembly to provide accurate information about e-cigarettes and ask that they reject efforts to impose a "Sin Tax" or further usage bans on e-cigarettes

1. Explain that you are a you are a New Jersey resident, and you would like them to OPPOSE any efforts to impose any type of tax on e-cigarettes other than the general sales tax currently in place.  (If you are responding to this Call to Action and are not a state resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, for example, you travel to New Jersey on vacation or have friends/family in the area.) 

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

3.  Explain that:

While high cigarette taxes are justified by many as necessary to cover governmental healthcare expenditures caused by smoking and encourage smokers to quit smoking, trying to impose similar levels of tax on reduced risk products like e-cigarettes is unwarranted and would actually work against public health. E-cigarettes are estimated to pose approximately 1% of the risk of that from smoking.  Given the low risks of e-cigarettes, imposing ANY additional tax on e-cigarettes is completely unjustified and abusive. The low risks of e-cigarettes is supported by research done by Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth, Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Murray Laugesen of Health New Zealand, Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University, and by the fact that the 2009 FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in e-cigarette vapor. Supporters of this legislation claim that punitive taxes should be imposed on all tobacco products for public health reasons.  However, the truth is that there is absolutely no public health benefit to excessively taxing products that pose an estimated 1% of the risk of that of smoking.  In fact, imposing high taxes on low-risk products will work against the interests of public health by discouraging smokers from using a far, far safer alternative to smoking. Imposing such taxes on e-cigarettes could have devastating effects on New Jersey small businesses. Moreover, many New Jersey consumers will avoid the tax by buying online, and the costs to the New Jersey government to collect taxes from these citizens could outweigh the revenue the tax will bring the State. New Jersey small businesses, burdened with excessive taxes, will be unable to compete with out-of-state companies, reducing the number of brick and mortar shops available for New Jersey consumers.  E-cigarette shops are more than simply stores. They provide an important resource for smokers looking to dramatically reduce their health risks by switching to e-cigarettes, a product that poses an estimated 99% less risk than smoking.   These stores offer knowledgeable employees and diverse products to allow adult smokers to make a successful transition from smoking to e-cigarette use.  Any state action that has the result of reducing the number of brick and mortar specialty e-cigarette shops would have devastating results for adult consumers. Please reject A2980 because taxing electronic cigarette companies on the amount of advertising they conduct is not only ridiculous, but a blatant violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Please reject A1080 because banning the use of a smoke-free product in outdoor areas is an extreme example of government overreach. Many smokers who switch to less hazardous e-cigarettes instead of continuing to smoke do so because e-cigarettes are less expensive than cigarettes.  Increasing the cost of e-cigarettes with punitive taxes would discourage many smokers from switching to e-cigarettes.  It could also encourage some e-cigarette consumers to go back to cigarette smoking.
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