From: Erin Robins
To: Evan Vickers, Paul Ray, Allen Christensen, Luz Robles, Brian Shiozawa, Todd Weiler, Stewart Barlow, Rebecca Houck, LaVar Christensen, Tim Cosgrove, Brian Greene, Mike Kennedy, Ronda Menlove, Edward Redd, Cathy Dupont, Samuel Johnston, Lee Killian, Mark Andrews, Lori Rammell, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Richard Greenwood, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Jennifer M. Seelig, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Brian King, Lee Perry, Janice Fisher, Larry Wiley, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, Earl Tanner, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: HB112 Electronic Cigarette Regulation
Date: Wed Feb 19 06:03:02 MST 2014
Dear Members of the Utah Legislature,

My name is Erin Robins. 

I had my first cigarette at 15 years of age.  Being too young to legally buy cigarettes didn't stop me or my friends from smoking.  At first, it was one smoke, whenever a friend stole a few from his/her parents.  Then it turned into getting whole packs that I would hide from my parents in my closet.  I was a pack a day smoker before I was legally able to buy cigarettes in my state.  I knew it was a filthy habit, and I still tried to hide it from my parents even after I has turned 19 and still even after I turned 21.  It was an expensive habit that I carried for 15 years.  I tried quitting more than a dozen times.  I tried the patch, the gum and cold turkey. I tried, and I tried and I tried.  Then one day I went to a friend's house and he had this brass tube that he was using to inhale something and exhale vapor.  I asked him what it was, and he told me that it was an electronic cigarette and it was helping him to quit smoking.  By this time in my life, I was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, if not more.  I decided to purchase my own E-cig set-up, with the thought that anything had to be better than smoking cigarettes.  Since that day, 18 months ago, I haven't had a single cigarette.  I have added time to my life that I get to spend with my family.  

Ever since I got involved with the vaping community, I have researched and read, and I have gotten involved.  I urge you to visit Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos website and learn the truth about vaping.  There is no combustible tobacco in these products and should not be categorized as such.  I do agree that the e-juice or e-liquid does need to be regulated so that I know that what I am buying isn't made in someone's bathroom.  They should be clearly labeled with ingredients, nicotine level, and a warning for children.  I do agree that children should not be allowed to use these devices.  

Another concern I have is the funding issue.  According to the fiscal note attached, if this bill passes, it "reduces ongoing tax revenue to the General Fund by about $2.7 million beginning in FY 2015 due to decreased tobacco and related product sales."  That is a big chunk of money.  How is the state going to pay for the enforcement of this law?  I also don't understand the statement, "Through provisions of this bill, approximately 4,700 individuals forgo purchasing tobacco and related products saving about $600/person/year for a total of $2.8 million in savings in local and state taxes."  Is this claiming that 4,700 people are going to quit purchasing tobacco because of this bill?  Have you ever tried to quit smoking?  It isn't something that is done because a piece of paper signed into law tells people to.  It has to be a personal choice, a decision made with oneself to live a better life.

Please don't try to pass a misinformed bill that will kill thousands of people by keeping them in the grasp that deadly tobacco has on them.

Thank you,

Erin Robins
Salt Lake City, UT