VTA and the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance worked together to ensure vapor products aren't classified as tobacco in AZ. On a bipartisan vote, SB 1400 failed to move to the state Senate floor. VTA is grateful to have partnered with ASFA on this critical legislative effort. Working with ASFA, we will continue our work to stop youth from accessing vapor products and ensure our industry is uniformly regulated.
The Vapor Technology Association (VTA) and Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance (ASFA) worked diligently to restrict youth access to Vapor Products and Tobacco while ensuring that Vapor Products were not classified as a Tobacco Product. After several rounds of negotiations, led by Senator Ugenti-Rita, which included the Lung, Heart and Cancer Associations, the Arizona Attorney General's Office and local municipalities -- SB 1400 failed to move to the floor based on a 4-4 bi-partisan vote.
The ASFA and VTA made clear they remain at the table after Lung, Heart and Cancer walked away from negotiations. In attendance were ASFA Board members, including Amanda Wheeler who said, "I am so proud of our wonderful board and thankful to the VTA who worked hard to make sure that vapor was not classified as a tobacco product in Arizona."
Next steps include the commitment to finding another "vehicle bill" to ensure that restrictions on youth access to vapor products are imposed and our industry is regulated uniformly and with integrity in Arizona.
NEW MEXICO STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES VAPOR REGULATORY BILL
This week, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill that creates a comprehensive regulatory scheme & imposes strict marketing restrictions on vapor products, including banning marketing that’s attractive to minors. Specifically, the bill:
• Creates marketing and packaging standards that would not allow for products that are “knowingly attractive to minors.” This term is specifically defined in the bill to prevent packaging that uses cartoons, trademarked items specifically for kids, candy or images used in kids’ products.
• Creates a licensing structure for e-cigarette manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
• Requires ID check and verification.
• Requires signage in retail locations stating, “It is illegal for a person under 21 years of age to purchase a tobacco product.”
• Penalizes straw man sales.
• Imposes penalties for retailers who sell to minors.
The bill now goes to the Governor for signature. We want to thank the New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance for their work alongside VTA’s lobbying team which ensured that no flavor ban or overreaching tax was imposed in New Mexico this session.