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house Bill H.R. 2339

Should Tobacco Taxes Be Increased & Flavored Vaping Products Banned?

Argument in favor

Raising taxes on tobacco products will discourage their use and improve public health. Flavored vaping products entice children to try them and they end up getting addicted, so banning them outright will prevent that from happening.

burrkitty's Opinion
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02/27/2020
There is absolutely NOTHING about NICOTINE DRUG ADDICTION that is good. If you don’t have the cajones to ban it outright at least tax the hell out of it. I’v got no sympathy for these privileged nicotine addicts and their whining. “Flavors” “Safer alternative” BS. QUIT SMOKING.
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William's Opinion
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02/28/2020
I quit smoking in 1975 and believe me it was one of the hardest things I ever did. I have friends who died because of lung cancer. I'm 83 years old and firmly believe I would be here if I had not quit. Raise the tax! It might save lives? As for the ecigarettes or whatever they are called, ban them completely.
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Leslie's Opinion
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02/27/2020
Taxes should equate to a very expensive health insurance policy since smokers will develop very expensive medical problems (lung cancer, COPD, heart disease, stroke, Aortic Aneurysm, Oropharyngeal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Cataracts, etc) that require treatment. State Attorney Generals have been suing companies to recover costs to Medicaid programs which cost share with the Federal Government but smokers also need to pay more for these products and the tax needs to go into smoking cessation programs & treatment. @BurrKitty: Agree that there is no benefit to these products. @Kansas Tamale: Agree there have been no safety studies done on vapor products. Both cigarettes & cap products should be removed from the market & companies that produce & sell them should be required to do studies like pharmaceutical companies that they have efficacy (benefit) & are safe. Drugs that have been approved for smoking cessation because they have done the studies are: 1) 1st line treatment o Zyban o Chantix 2) 2nd line treatment o Clinidine o Nortriptyline https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007439.htm https://www.unitypoint.org/livewell/article.aspx?id=17ace3fc-fb01-45c3-8617-1beb81404fc4
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Argument opposed

This bill combines too many issues into one piece of legislation and shortchanges the ability to have a serious debate on the merits of contentious issues, including an increase in tobacco taxes and banning flavored vaping products.

Matthew's Opinion
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10/16/2019
This bill is taking away ADULT smokers choice to use flavored non tobacco tasting products to quit a deadly habit. Flavored ENDS products are vital in helping ADULTS transition from smoking to a 95% less harmful alternative!
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Charles's Opinion
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10/16/2019
This bill goes against the freedom of choice for adults. Flavors of alcohol are on the market without a problem. Flavors of wine are on the market without a problem. The problem is not flavors. The problem is the level of nicotine in these closed end pod devices. In the UK, they have a 20% mg/mL maximum strength and I am for that. Banning flavors will not solve the problem of illegal THC cartridges. Banning flavors will not solve the issue of gas stations and convenience stores selling to minors. Specialty vape shops are diligent upon checking IDs and the FDA inspections will prove that.
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Chris's Opinion
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10/16/2019
This bill would put thousands out of business and would destroy a market created to solve the problems created by the MSA..
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    There is absolutely NOTHING about NICOTINE DRUG ADDICTION that is good. If you don’t have the cajones to ban it outright at least tax the hell out of it. I’v got no sympathy for these privileged nicotine addicts and their whining. “Flavors” “Safer alternative” BS. QUIT SMOKING.
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    This bill is taking away ADULT smokers choice to use flavored non tobacco tasting products to quit a deadly habit. Flavored ENDS products are vital in helping ADULTS transition from smoking to a 95% less harmful alternative!
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    This bill goes against the freedom of choice for adults. Flavors of alcohol are on the market without a problem. Flavors of wine are on the market without a problem. The problem is not flavors. The problem is the level of nicotine in these closed end pod devices. In the UK, they have a 20% mg/mL maximum strength and I am for that. Banning flavors will not solve the problem of illegal THC cartridges. Banning flavors will not solve the issue of gas stations and convenience stores selling to minors. Specialty vape shops are diligent upon checking IDs and the FDA inspections will prove that.
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    This bill would put thousands out of business and would destroy a market created to solve the problems created by the MSA..
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    Stripping adult freedom doesn’t help a real parenting problem. Especially with the blood of Americans to do it.
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    Adults who quit smoking do not want to be forced back to tobacco flavoring whether in ecig form or combustible tobacco form. Vaping is an already illegal market for children and as such this makes the use a parental problem. Children should not be dictating the lives and safety of adults, nor should govt advocate that they do so under the guise of "save the children"
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    This bill will only create bigger problems! This creates a bigger black market! Also Will force thousands of small business owners to close there doors! These kids are already doing illegal things by vaping...make the parents responsible!
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    I will not vote for anyone that is against vaping
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    No Mr. Pallone we don't want you helping your buddy Cuomo with future tobacco money #MSABLOODMONEY #NotaBOT
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    Banning anything for the sake of keeping it out of children's hands is asinine. So we are to alienate millions of adults across the country because children aren't held accountable for their actions??? Let's not stack statutes upon statutes and enforce the current laws on the books.
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    Taking away a product that helps adults convert from combustibles is not the way to stop teen vaping. Enforce the law as written. Fine offenders. Make the burden be on the parents to discipline their children and not force law-abiding adults to acquiesce to a 'nanny state'. Punishing law-abiding adults due to the illegal actions of teens is a fallacy and definite overreach of government power. There is no reason to remove flavors other than support big tobacco and allow a government assisted takeover of the vaping industry.
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    I agree kids should not be vaping and those that provide it to kids should be punished in the same manner as if they provided a minor with cigarettes or with alcohol. HOWEVER, banning something because let's save the kids is the classic battle cry of ban happy fascists. If you want to solve the problem creating another one by banning vape flavors. Is not the answer. Creating a larger, harder to stop 1920's style prohibition is beyond idiotic and is the simplest answer that wont work to a complex problem. If you are not smart enough to figure that out you don't deserve to be making laws for this country.
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    this bill won't solve the problem and will throw adult smokers who need a safer alternative under the bus. Smoking kills 480k Americans every year. keeping flavored vapes products on the market for adult smokers has and will continue to put a big dent in that number.
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    This bill will kill 1000s of jobs and shutter 1000s of mom and pop stores mine being one of them.vaping saves lives I smoked 35 years vaping was the only thing that got me off cigarettes
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    This bill is not the answer to the problem. It will take away a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes for the adult smokers that e cigarettes are intended for. These kids will continue to vape without the flavors because they are not doing it for taste. I didn't start smoking at 12 for taste! These kids are doing it for the nicotine high they're getting from high nic in the eliquid. My son is 12 and he told me the kids at school call it a "happy pill". Cap the nicotine content at 24mg. Stiff legal penalties for minor posession of tobacco products and e cigarettes would be highly effective. As a mother myself, I'd rather see my child spend a week in juvie than develop the addiction I have. Do not punish the adults who's lives are being saved by this 95% less harmful alternative. Flavors must stay. You would not give an alcoholic an alcohol free beer and expect them to quit drinking. If you leave adults with only tobacco flavored e liquid, you're doing the exact same thing. There are 13+ million adults who vape in the US. And we vote.
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    Taking away freedom of choice from adults for an adult product will do nothing to curb youth use!
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    Vaping is proven by the royal college of physicians to be NO LESS thank 95% safer than combustible tobacco. I CANNOT believe we have to fight for a safer alternative. The CDC has blood on their hands due to lack of reporting the lung illnesses are being cause by black market THC cartomizers. What I would like to see is a cap on nicotine strength and the removal of all vapor products from convenience stores. There lies the underage epidemic.
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    Taking freedoms away from law-abiding citizens to correct a failure to enforce the laws already on the books is preposterous! There are already laws in place place to protect teens from getting vaping products. Until lawmakers do their part there should never be another rule enacted.
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    If we are saying the only reason we are banning flavors is because they hook children, I should see legislation soon concerning alcohol as well? Alcohol is more used by youth than any other product.
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    Part of the privilege of being an adult is getting to decide what you want to put in your body. Parents should be monitoring and dealing with their children’s behavior, or suffering the consequences for their lack of action, just like they do with every other age gated industry’s products. It is not the vaping industry’s fault or responsibility to keep your children safe from adult items- that is YOUR job, so YOU do it. It is not the government’s right or responsibility to take life saving products away from adults, especially not when there is so much evidence that this is being done for money and not for the actual purposes stated. I’m all for restricting who can sell these products like they do with liquor and the like, but taking it away from adults is just going to result in one heck of a black market and a surge in injuries from homemade juice. PROHIBITION NEVER WORKS.
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