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Subject: Please vote NO on HB112 !!
Date: Mon Feb 24 21:51:38 MST 2014
Coming to you for a vote soon is HB112. This bill is intended to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Utah's youth. This is an admirable cause, and I applaud the efforts to educate youth about danger and smart decision making. That said, NOTHING in this bill would keep e-cigs out of the hands of Utah's youth.
HB112 only hurts Utahns. We Utah Vapers would be held to standards that even tobacco and alcohol aren't held to, and our industry, despite Rep. Paul Ray's claims, is in place to HELP PEOPLE LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES!! The evidence is READILY available to anyone who chooses to be informed, and I would ask that before this bill comes to vote, that you take a few moments and visit CASAA.org and see for yourself the benefits of vaping versus tobacco. The proof is undeniable, and it is simply dishonest to say otherwise.
Rep. Ray implies that Utah Vape Shops supply e-cigarettes illegally to young people to get them hooked on cigarettes. This absurd line of thinking leading to unenforceable bans and zoning laws intended to phase out these humble, yet profitable businesses from Utah, and the entire anti-vaping movement is based on false science and thin-air statistics about use.
We are PROUD to be vapers. I am 38 years old, and I stopped smoking one and a half years ago with the assistance of a personal vaporizer. I am healthier and more active than I have ever been in my life because I chose this alternative to cigarettes. I smoked for 25 years, and only now am i realizing the potential of my body in a healthy disposition. This bill would adversely hamper our efforts to give Utah smoker their air back to them, and I ask that you vote NO on HB112 when the vote comes. The Utah Vapers Association, which includes most of the electronic cigarette specialty shops in Utah, aren't opposed to regulation. In fact, we have been more than cooperative in attempting to reach common ground that can work for everyone, but HB112 is far too much, too fast, and doesn't give bredit to real, tangible, hard data.
Thank you in advance for demanding more research before regulations like these nonsensical potential laws are passed in to action.
Nate Maughan, voter