As a vape wholesaler or reseller, your business and customers face a grave threat.
A provision in a must-pass budget bill (H 7225) in Rhode Island would tax vapor products at an outrageous 80% of wholesale price. While increasing taxes on cigarettes are shown to have an effect on people quitting smoking, raising taxes on safer products like vaping are known to discourage people from switching to less risky products and funnel users back onto combustible cigarettes.
Please take a moment to send a message to your Rhode Island Representative urging them to oppose H 7225, Article 6, Section 16.
Another provision in this section of the budget bill would codify the RI Health Department’s ban on flavors. An FDA funded study found cigarette sales increase in areas with flavor bans.
Please click on this CASAA Call-to-Action or use their Legislator Lookup to find who represents you and let them know that you vape, you vote, and that this scheme will destroy jobs and lives. Click on this CASAA Call to Action to make your voice heard.
PMTA Registry Laws
The Rhode Island law is a classic gambit, but more issues can be expected soon. Big Tobacco has lobbied for a raft of PMTA Registry Laws nationwide. These laws are worded so that Big Tobacco’s products, the commercially available ones having not received PMTA authorization either, are still permitted for sale while rival products are barred from the state in every form and criminalized.
Your business is at stake and must make your voice heard. Big Tobacco’s vape products are lower margin products that simply are not as popular. If they could compete on a level field of play, they would not have to lobby for laws that create a monopoly and criminalize the competition.
Consumer freedom, entrepreneurship, customer choice and your pocketbook will take a huge hit if the Rhode Island Vape Sales Ban is to pass.