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August typically means that the US House of Representatives is in recess. But this year, it is likely that lawmakers will need to return to D.C. in order to pass COVID-19 legislation. While it is unlikely that non-COVID related bills will be considered over the break, we are monitoring the House for any surprises.
For those who are curious about up-to-the-minute information on federal legislation, you can follow the announcements and live proceedings of the US House of Representatives here
, on your desktop or phone with an app developed by House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer.
Please continue contacting your lawmakers and urge them to keep vape mail legal!
We will update this alert as more information becomes available.
- Want to help some independent vapor companies with their PMTA applications? Check out our collection of open surveys about vaping, here.
What happens to online purchases?
Banning USPS from shipping vapor products will force companies to use private carriers like FedEx and UPS. In addition to these carriers being more expensive than USPS, they also
do not deliver mail to all Americans. Private carriers routinely outsource deliveries to USPS in rural areas or neighborhoods they deem "dangerous" in order to cut costs. Removing USPS as an option means that some people will have no way of purchasing vapor products. For everyone else, it means they will pay higher prices and they'll be forced to break social distancing rules because a signature will be required on delivery. Additionally, private carriers could eventually cave to political pressures and also ban the shipment of vapor products.
Can't we just purchase in stores instead?
Not all consumers of vapor products have access to brick and mortar stores due to their health, disabilities, or even their location. With the PMTA deadline quickly approaching in September, the selection of products deemed legal by the government will be so small that many stores won't be able to legally stay open.
Meanwhile, cigarettes will remain the most visible and widely accessible tobacco product in the history of the world.
Why are they doing this?
The supporters of this bill argue that preventing the shipment of vapor products will stop teens from getting their hands on them, and reduce youth usage. What they don’t tell you is that less than 6% of youth report buying vapor products online, according to the CDC’s 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Most young people report getting vapor products and other age-restricted products from friends, family, and informal sources--sources that are about to become much more popular after September.
Not only is S. 1253 a solution in search of a problem; it’s part of the problem!