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Contact Elected Officials to Show Your Support for the E-Cigarette Industry!

The first-ever Washington D.C. Fly-In Event on Capitol Hill is just a month away! SFATA members are gearing up for this event and are eager to meet face-to-face with the nations top lawmakers on November 4th and 5th. SFATA members primary goal for this event is to meet with various elected officials to discuss the electronic industries unique legislative needs. SFATA is attending this monumental event on behalf of all e-cigarette business owners in an effort to fight for fair regulation, with the hopes that the industry will receive sensible regulation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) without stalling innovation and economical growth.

Now through November 5th, we urge all e-cigarette business owners and advocates to support SFATA members participating in the Fly-In by supporting each individual e-cigarette business in their home states.

To make this process easy, we have compiled a contact list of all the respected congressmen and women who represent some of SFATA’s top e-cigarette businesses.

If you live in one of the states being represented during the Fly-In, you can help Clear The Haze by calling, emailing and even posting on each representative’s social media profiles all week! Tell these congressmen and women directly how much you support the e-cigarette industry.

If you don’t live the in the state being represented, you can call, Facebook and tweet all elected officials regardless of your geographic location.

Please review the list below and reach out to each representative every day from now until November 5th!

 

Illinois’ 18th District Congressman: Aaron Schock (R)

Aaron Schock’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.6201

Email: http://schock.house.gov/contact/

Office Address: 328 Cannon House Office Building

Aaron Schock’s Official Facebook Page

Aaron Schock’s Official Twitter Page 

 

Kansas’ 3rd District Congressman: Kevin Yoder (R)

Kevin Yoder’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.2865

Email: https://yoderforms.house.gov/email-me

Office Address: 215 Cannon House Office Building

Kevin Yoder’s Official Facebook Page

Kevin Yoder’s Official Twitter Page

 

California 49th District Congressman: Darrell Issa (R)

Darrell Issa’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.3906

Email: http://issa.house.gov/contact/contact-me

Office Address: 2347 Rayburn House Office Building

Darrell Issa’s Official Facebook Page

Darrell Issa’s Official Twitter Page

 

Florida’s 24th District Congresswoman: Frederica Wilson (D)

Frederica Wilson’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.4506

Email: https://wilsonforms.house.gov/contact-form

Office Address: 208 Cannon House Office Building

Frederica Wilson’s Official Facebook Page

Frederica Wilson’s Official Twitter Page

 

California’s 5th District Congressman: Mike Thompson (D)

Mike Thompson’s Official Website

Phone: 202.2253311

Email: http://mikethompson.house.gov/contact/

Office Address: 231 Cannon House Office Building

Mike Thompson’s Official Facebook Page

Mike Thompson’s Official Twitter Page

 

California’s 38th District Congresswoman: Linda Sánchez (D)

Linda Sanchez’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.6676

Email: https://forms.house.gov/lindasanchez/webforms/tour_request.htm

Office Address: 2423 Rayburn House Office Building

Linda Sanchez’s Official Facebook Fan Page

Linda Sanchez’s Official Twitter Page

 

New York’s 5th District Congressman: Gregory Meeks (D)

Gregory Meeks Official Website

Phone: 202.225.3461

Email: https://meeks.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Office Address: 2234 Rayburn House Office Building

Gregory Meeks Official Facebook Page

Gregory Meeks Official Twitter Page

 

Connecticut’s 4th District Congressman: James Himes (D)

James Himes’ Official Website

Phone: 202.225.5541

Email: https://himes.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Office Address: 119 Cannon House Office Building

James Himes’ Official Facebook Page

James Himes Official Twitter Page

 

Oklahoma’s 1st District Congressman: Jim Bridenstine (R)

Jim Bridenstine’s Official website

Phone: 202.225.2211

Email: https://bridenstine.house.gov/contact/email-me

Office Address: 216 Cannon House Office Building

Jim Bridenstine’s Official Facebook Page

Jim Bridenstine’s Official Twitter Page

 

San Fernando Valley, CA Congressman: Brad Sherman (D)

Brad Sherman’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.5911

Email: http://bradsherman.house.gov/contact/contact-congressman-sherman.shtml

Office Address: 2242 Rayburn House Office Building

Brad Sherman’s Official Facebook Page

Brad Sherman’s Official Twitter Page

 

Hawaii’s 1st District Congresswoman: Colleen Hanabusa (D)

Colleen Hanabusa’s Official website

Phone: 202.225.2726

Email: https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Office Address: 238 Cannon House Office Building

Colleen Hanabusa’s Official Facebook Page

Colleen Hanabusa’s Official Twitter Page

 

California’s 13th District Congresswoman: Barbara Lee (D)

Barbara Lee’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.2661

Email: https://lee.house.gov/contact-me

Office Address: 2267 Rayburn House Office Building

Barbara Lee’s Official Facebook Page

Barbara Lee’s Official Twitter Page

 

California’s 46th District Congresswoman: Loretta Sanchez (D)

Loretta Sanchez’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.2965

Email: https://lorettasanchez.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Office Address: 1114 Longworth House Office Building

Loretta Sanchez’s Official Facebook Page

Loretta Sanchez’s Official Twitter Page

 

Tennessee’s 6th District Congresswoman: Diane Black (R)

Diane Black’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.4231

Email: https://black.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Office Address: 1531 Longworth House Office Building

Diane Black’s Official Facebook Page

Diane Black’s Official Twitter Page 

 

Minnesota’s 5th District Congressman: Keith Ellison (D)

Keith Ellison’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.4755 & 612.522.1212

Email: http://ellison.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=7

Office Address: 2244 Rayburn House Office Building

Keith Ellison’s Official Facebook Page

Keith Ellison’s Official Twitter Page 

 

Kentucky’s 3rd District Congressman: John Yarmuth (D)

John Yarmuth’s Official Website

Phone: 202.225.5401

Email: http://yarmuth.house.gov/contact-john2/

Office Address: 403 Cannon House Office Building

John Yarmuth’s Official Facebook Page

John Yarmuth’s Official Twitter Page

 

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The European Union Votes to Classify Electronic Cigarettes as Medicine

UK E-Cig Regulation SFATA

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), the United Kingdom’s government health agency responsible for standards of safety, quality and performance, voted in July to classify and regulate electronic cigarettes as ‘medicine.’ Once the law is implemented, the UK, comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will require all electronic cigarette manufacturers and sellers in those countries to obtain a license to sell products to UK citizens. Under this regulation, citizens will also be required to visit a doctor and receive a prescription for electronic cigarettes.

Many e-cigarette users and sellers have noted once this regulation becomes law, it will likely drive up e-cigarette costs and disrupt the industry as many users will be frustrated by the additional time and money they will have to allocate to visit a doctor and get a prescription. “We are still not clear whether e-cigarette users in the UK will only have to get a prescription once a year or once a month, which could have a huge impact on the industry in the UK,” said Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director of SFATA.org.

The MHRA said in a statement that they wanted to “regulate all nicotine-containing products – some such as gums, patches and mouth-sprays already are – because it could not at the moment guarantee their safety and efficacy.” Many leaders in the electronic cigarette industry have mixed feelings about this new law because with the new law implementation, e-cigarettes will be allowed to be marketed as a means to cut down or quit traditional smoking, a tactic currently looked down upon and not allowed.

As electronic cigarettes have become more and more popular globally, many countries around the world have rushed to study and regulate the industry in an effort to collect taxes on e-cigarette products and provide guidelines and safety regulations for both e-cigarette users and sellers.

Many experts believe one factor leading to electronic cigarettes becoming classified as medicine in the UK has derived from pressure from big tobacco companies. “Increased regulation on e-cigarettes is a sign the government has caved into the bullying tactics of Big Tobacco, which risks sending out the wrong message that e-cigarettes pose a greater threat than smoking,” said Diane Abbott, health spokesperson at Action on Smoking and Health, a non-profit located in the UK dedicated to eliminating the harm caused by tobacco.

Many e-cigarette advocates are arguing that electronic cigarettes are receiving stricter regulation than traditional cigarettes. Although this ruling has not gone into affect yet, the UK government is campaigning for EU legislation to be introduced with the specific rules & guidelines by 2014, with the expectations to become law by 2016.

For more updates regarding the global electronic cigarette industry and e-cigarette matters affecting the UK, follow SFATA on Twitter and like its official Facebook Fan Page.