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Florida Call To Action
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Razgul Offline
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Florida Call To Action
I got a bit of information last night about a Bill yesterday in Florida, here's what Kevin Skipper (VISTA President) has to say about it:
"I have learned (thanks to VISTA's lobbyist in Tallahassee) of a potential huge blow to the vaping industry in Florida. Yesterday the House Finance & Tax Committee discussed as part of their agenda, a Bill for this legislative session that would define electronic cigarettes and eliquid as tobacco products, thereby possibly making them subject to licensing requirements, and also imposing an 85% of wholesale tax on all eliquids sold in Florida. See the last three pages of the document (follow the link below).
VISTA has been doing all we can to stay afloat and monitor this type of stuff at the state level in Florida, and we were able to catch this on the first day it was available (far ahead of where we were just one year ago); however, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY we can get involved further without additional members (businesses) from the vaping industry in Florida. Tackling this is going to be a HUGE task, and it will cost money. We need you on board immediately. Visit today - even if you can afford quarterly payments instead of a lump sum, we will work it out...but it is imperative that we get membership in gear, NOW. There is no time to waste, no excuses to make, only action to take."

Here are my thoughts: As consumers we cannot fight this alone, what we can do to help is support Florida owned businesses, as you would support the businesses in your own area if there were you, and try to convince those shop owners to support VISTA in any small way they can.
05-02-2015 04:54 PM
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RE: Florida Call To Action
Thanks for sharing this buddy!
05-02-2015 07:44 PM
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RE: Florida Call To Action
This isn't the first time that this bill has been proposed, and it's been shot down in the past.  The issue with this sort of thing is that devices can be built by anyone with a container and a soldering iron.  Another issue is that reputable e-juice manufacturers are using pharmaceutical grade nicotine, which is used in all sorts of quit smoking products.  If this bill were to pass, it would have to affect these products as well, making them even more expensive.

Keep in mind that the big tobacco companies are the ones pushing these bills.  They don't care if we're allowed to vape or not...they simply want control over it.  Fortunately, too many companies have popped up producing high quality juices for pennies a bottle that big smokey can't keep up...even with their outsourced "vapes" produced overseas.

Don't panic, and contact your local state representatives to let them know how you, as a voter, feel about their stance on vaping.
20-02-2015 04:48 AM
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