State & Local Issues

Calls to Action
Indoor Use Bans
CASAA works to prevent state and local municipalities from including electronic cigarette use in smoking bans. Empirical evidence suggests that smokers who see e-cigarettes in use where smoking is prohibited see that as a great incentive to switch. Additionally, smoking bans are based on accepted theories that second-hand smoke is a hazard to bystanders. Because e-cigarettes do not emit smoke and the vapor is non-toxic, there is no evidence to support including e-cigarette use in smoking bans.

State Tobacco Taxes
Because of the decline in cigarette tax revenue and increased pressure from anti-tobacco groups to discourage smokers from switching to smoke-free alternatives, some states have considered increasing the taxes on smoke-free tobacco and adding taxes to electronic cigarettes. Rather than decreasing smoking or smokeless tobacco use in inveterate users, such taxes convince smokers to keep smoking and smoke-free tobacco users to seek lower-cost products out-of-state. While there is some evidence to suggest tax increases do reduce tobacco use in youth in the short term, more smoke-free users quit than smokers and there is little evidence to show how long the users remain abstinent from tobacco.

Sales Bans
Legislators and health departments have proposed various sales bans on new dissolvable tobacco products, snus and e-cigarettes. Proposals range from prohibiting sales to minors to prohibiting sales of the products in stores with pharmacies. While there is no evidence to support it, many claim that pleasant flavors entice youth to try the products; resulting in nicotine addiction that will lead to smoking. CASAA supports prohibiting sales of tobacco and nicotine products to minors, but urges legislators and health boards to keep smoke-free products readily available to smoking adults as low-risk alternatives to smoking. Fortunately, no sales bans have passed as of this writing.