Supporting the Reasonable Regulation and Appropriate Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes

RESOLUTION 15-05.22

Supporting the Reasonable Regulation and Appropriate Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes

WHEREAS, E-cigarettes are devices that use heat to turn liquid nicotine into an aerosol that is then breathed into the lungs, which the California Department of Public Health says “contain harmful chemicals” and “pollute the air with tiny particles that get trapped in the lungs,” and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Public Health has also stated that e-cigarettes pose significant hazard of addiction and “come in fruit and candy flavors that appeal to children who may taste or drink” the liquid nicotine, and;

WHEREAS, there are proposals to expand regulation and taxation of e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers to ensure children are kept away from e-cigarettes, that these products are taxed the same as tobacco, and proceeds are used for important public health, early education and local government programs,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the appropriate regulation and taxation of electronic cigarettes, including oversight from the Board of Equalization to ensure retailers are registered and taxes are remitted just like tobacco products, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party communicates this position to the Governor and members of the Legislature.

Sponsored by Fiona Ma and 25 members of the DSCC

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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