Online Sales Attack

Posted 22nd November 2019 by Dave Cross
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is calling on vapers to take action as the American Senate fast tracks a bill aiming to prevent the U.S. Postal Service from accepting packages containing vapour products – effectively trying to ban online vape sales.

CASAA says: “S.1253, which is the Senate version of HR 3842, is being fast-tracked through committee. This bill would prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from accepting packages of vapour products for delivery. While this is not an all-out ban on online sales (private carriers like UPS and FedEx offer signature on delivery), it would raise the cost of purchasing vapour products (by $15-$20 per shipment) for people who depend on being able to have safer alternatives delivered to their door (i.e. people who live in rural areas, people who are unable to be home to sign for deliveries, etc…) by requiring signature on delivery.”

The organisation is calling out to vapers to take action by submitting a message through The Senate contact form.

“While it is understandable that lawmakers want to make it harder for youth to get their hands-on nicotine products,” it adds, “this legislation will not address access to social sources or illegal sellers on popular social media platforms. In short, all that S.1253/HR.3842 will do is make it more difficult for people to access safer alternatives to smoking. For people living in small towns and urban neighbourhoods where vape shops might not exist, this means that cigarettes will remain the most popular and convenient tobacco product.”

The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act is supported by 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans:

Democrats

  • Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
  • Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
  • Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA]
  • Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
  • Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
  • Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]
  • Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
  • Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
  • Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT]
  • Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
  • Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
  • Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]
  • Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]

Republicans

  • Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]
  • Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
  • Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA]
  • Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]
  • Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]
  • Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
  • Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]
  • Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]
  • Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]
  • Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]
  • Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ]
  • Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]

The full text of the Bill is as follows: “To apply requirements relating to delivery sales of cigarettes to delivery sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled”

This Act may be cited as the ‘Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act.

It aims to: “Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the United States Postal Service shall promulgate regulations to clarify the applicability of the prohibition on mailing of cigarettes under section 1716E of title 18, United States Code, to electronic nicotine delivery systems, in accordance with the amendment to the definition of cigarette made by section 2.”

Related:

  • S.1253 - Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act – [link]


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, dog walker