September, 2015

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Vapor industry taxation

My vaping family.  Once again, Utah is about to come under attack from the legislation.  We heard via a recent city council meeting that Representative Ray is drafting a taxation bill for the upcoming legislative session. As you all know, he attempted to tax us twice previously and we were able to defeat it however both times it was very close.  Based on historical evidence, there will be another attempt to tax all products sold in Utah at 86.5% of wholesale cost which will nearly double the purchase price of every product sold AND manufactured in the state.  This affects everyone.  Every e-liquid manufacturer. Every distributor. Every retail shop. And worst of all, over 20,000 of our Utah vaping family.

 

 

We need to get everyone on board NOW to fight this back.  Despite what many believe, beating legislation does not begin during the session, it begins BEFORE it even begins.  The next 3 months will be critical in our ability to ensure our industry remains without a punitive excise tax put into place to protect the tobacco industry.  The only way we can win, is for every business owner to get involved immediately.  If we lose this battle, the Utah industry will be shut down by next summer.  Ask yourselves, do you want to remain in this industry more than 8 more months?  Are you a consumer and truly value the industry that has changed your life?

To get involved, visit our membership page immediately.  We offer full membership into the association or varying levels of sponsorship.  All funds collected go into the organization to pay for the lobbyists that fight for YOUR rights to remain in business or to keep vaping accessible and remain free of combustible tobacco.  What is your business worth?  What’s your life worth?

 

For more information on membership or sponsorships, please visit the membership page:  http://utsmokefree.org/directory/professional/

If you would rather make a one-time donation to help in the battles, you can do that via our donation page: http://utsmokefree.org/about/donate

 

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Utah regulatory rules update meeting

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This meeting is open to everyone in the Utah vapor industry to get a comprehensive update on our existing laws & regulations and get a view into the future for what is coming down the path affecting our industry. If you own a business and want to remain in business after July 1 2016, it will be in your best interest to attend to understand how regulations will affect you. Please note, this is NOT a vape meet and no alcohol will be allowed or served.

Many of the retailers throughout the valley will be shutting down for this meeting. While a loss in sales for a day is nothing we want for any of our local retailers, the permanent loss in sales is more devastating and they want to try and make sure this doesn’t happen. Signs will be posted on the doors of all retailers who are participating in the shutdown in advance so you all know who are taking part in the shutdown.

 Who should attend:

Anyone who owns a Utah vapor industry business, is employed by the industry or who wishes to break into the industry. This is a public event so anyone with an interest in what is going on or those who would like to get involved and help out should attend as well.

What’s being discussed?
We’ll cover all the existing laws in the state to make sure everyone understands the legalities of operating correctly. We will discuss the recent introduction of HB415 and how that affects everyone. We will also discuss upcoming county and state level regulations from the health department along with regulations in other states (specifically Texas, Indiana & California) which affect anyone selling nationally.

Event Details:

September 20th, 2-5pm
Kay’s Crossing Apartments, rooftop clubhouse
60 South Main Street, Layton Utah 84041
Clubhouse event door code is 071885
If you are wanting to attend and cannot find a ride, take Frontrunner. Get off at the Layton Station and you will be in the parking lot of the event.
Retailers closing for the meeting are (updated daily):
  • iVape
  • Vapor Dreams
  • Vapor Craziness
  • ElectronicStix – all 3 locations
  • Vape Affliction
  • Vapor Logic
  • EB Vapors

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