From: Matt Seely
To: Wayne Niederhauser, Jacob Anderegg, Jerry Anderson, Patrice Arent, Stewart Barlow, Roger Barrus, Jim Bird, Joel Briscoe, derekbrown, Rebecca Houck, LaVar Christensen, Kay Christofferson, Tim Cosgrove, spencer, Richard Cunningham, Brad Dee, Jack Draxler, Susan Duckworth, Jim Dunnigan, Becky Edwards, Steve Eliason, Janice Fisher, Gage Froerer, Francis Gibson, Brian Greene, Richard Greenwood, Keith Grover, Craig Hall, Steve Handy, Lynn Hemingway, Greg Hughes, Eric Hutchings, Don Ipson, Ken Ivory, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, John Knotwell, Brad Last, John G. Mathis, Daniel McCay, Kay Mciff, Michael Mckell, Ronda Menlove, Merrill Nelson, Jim Nielson, mnoel, Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Jeremy Peterson, Val Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Paul Ray, Edward Redd, Marc Roberts, Angela Romero, Doug Sagers, Dean Sanpei, Jennifer M. Seelig, Lowry Snow, Carol Moss, Jon Stanard, Keven John Stratton, Curt Webb, John Westwood, Mark A. Wheatley, Ryan Wilcox, Larry Wiley, Brad Wilson, Johnny Anderson, Dana Layton,
Subject: HB-112 & SB12
Date: Thu Feb 20 22:41:30 MST 2014
Dear Sir or Madam, I'm writing to express my opposition to HB-112 and SB-12. My wife and I are both vapers. We use personal vaporizers to vaporize liquid which contains nicotine. Most people refer to these devices as e-cigarettes. I do not like that term because we consider ourselves non smokers now. These bills would make the sale of "e-cigarettes" online or through the mail a criminal offense. It would also make it illegal to purchase "accessories" which can be anything from a battery, to a cotton ball. As there are a number of brick and mortar stores in this state which sell vaping supplies and accessories it would be a death knell to them. In such a small state, with a small number of people who use nicotine much of their business comes from out of state locations. Many people in Utah don't have access to a brick and mortar store. The only way they would be able to continue to use "e-cigarettes" is to purchase them, and their supplies online. Everybody should have a choice about where they are able to buy supplies. Enactment of this bill would put many people out of work, as well as forcing many that have switched from using tobacco to using "e-cigarettes" back to tobacco. Since we made the switch to vaping we have numerous health benefits. We can breathe easier, we no longer stink like smoke all the time, we don't offend other people with the second hand smoke. I believe we have greatly reduced our future health risks. Enforcement is another issue which has been skated over in this bill. At the committee hearing it was said that the state Attorney General would be responsible for persuing out of state vendors who violate the internet sales ban. It seems to me that this would run afoul of the commerce clause of the Constitution, and open Utah up to numerous lawsuits. As well as not even beginning to solve the "problem". Someone could, for example, purchase from a company in China. How would that be handled? I believe that this is a bad bill and should be a NO vote. I would appreciate hearing your stance on this subject. Thank You, Matt Seely Murray, UT --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.