Sunday, December 27th, 2015
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Utah is now just 4 weeks away from the start of the Utah legislative session. During this session, we have been advised that we will be fighting taxation of the industry yet again. This will be the 3rd attempt at taxation and there is a growing trend of industry taxation across our great country thus we anticipate a deep battle again. We also anticipate an additional regulatory bill aimed at deepening the regulations of the industry in the state.
Just over a year ago, we reformed our organization into a 501(c)4 non-profit, hired 2 lobbyists and therefore financially depend on our existing membership base, new members and a growing list of sponsors to fund our lobbying efforts. Taxation and over-regulation risks negatively impacting sales of all vapor & e-liquid products throughout the state; of which many companies have a market share of.
The UTSFA is a 100% volunteer organization and do not allow payments to any member of our leadership team. All funds collected, go directly to our state lobbying efforts and the miscellaneous costs to remain operational so we can support the statewide industry. We have membership options available for Distributors, Retailers, E-liquid Manufacturers, and hardware manufacturers. In addition, we also have sponsorship opportunities for non-industry supporters and non-Utah manufacturers with a vested interest in the Utah vapor market. Sponsorships start at $500 and can be organized as a single donation, as a quarterly payment or set up annually to align with your interests and accounting.
We are asking all Utah businesses in the vapor industry to give back to the nonprofits that are fighting for you and your customers. 2016 will be a defining year in the vapor industry and simply writing letters, sending tweets and appearing at hearings unfortunately cannot fund critical lobbying efforts. The UTSFA like many other vapor industry associations need your support to continue pushing back against new and punitive taxes and regulatory measures from “public health” organizations. Please take the necessary steps to help us fight for your longevity in the industry and join as a member or sponsor.
To express interest in joining as a member or sponsoring the Utah Smoke Free Association, we ask that you please fill out this form and a member of our board will contact you soon.by