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Big Tobacco's IL HB5069 Set To Ban All Products Except Their Own | Illinois

Big Tobacco's IL HB5069 Set To Ban All Products Except Their Own | Illinois

Upper Limits Midwest, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Matthieu Fortin
Phone: (217) 679-4315 x1005

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

3/16/2014

 

URGENT COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS ACTION NEEDED. BOB RITA (D) OF THE 28TH DISTRICT OF IL INTRODUCES HB5069 BACKED BY BIG TOBACCO’S LOBBY THAT WILL FORCE THE CLOSURE OF HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE AND A LOSS OF OVER 88 MILLION IN TAX REVENUE PER YEAR.

https://bit.ly/VAPEIMPACT

 

Dear valued customers and community,

We face an unprecedented challenge that threatens the very heart of our industry and the choices that you, as consumers, have fought hard to make. A bill in the Illinois Statehouse has been introduced that, if passed, will drastically limit access to safer tobacco alternatives. This is not just a setback; it's an industry-killing move propelled by the big tobacco lobby, aiming to remove these critical products from all retail stores. This bill impacts every single one of our vape customers. Without your immediate action, the products that have supported many of you in your journey to become tobacco-free could disappear forever.

Yesterday, Our group SFAC of Illinois met with the bill's sponsor, Bob Rita of the 28th district, and faced the proponents of this bill head-on. Despite our efforts, the odds are stacked against us. The bill passed out of committee next to be voted on in the House, and its passage seems likely without a significant pushback from our community.

 

Here's how you can help:

  1. EMAIL HOUSE REPS USING VTA’S FORM LETTER: A QR code and link https://bit.ly/MYREPIL directs to a form letter to email your House Representative directly. Personalize this email using the talking points provided and make your voice heard.

  2. FLOOD HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE’S DISTRICT OFFICES WITH PHONE CALLS: Use https://bit.ly/ILREPCALL to find your rep. Call their district office with the script provided to express your opposition as a consumer or industry member. Talking points can be found here https://bit.ly/REPTALK

  3. **FILL OUT A NEW WITNESS SLIP OPPOSING HB5069: **Once the new hearing date is posted, we'll distribute a CTA with QR codes and links to file witness slips against this bill.

We are also urging you to engage directly with your representatives using the VTA one-pager and economic impact statement, highlighting the personal and economic consequences this bill will have. Share your stories, emphasize the positive impact on your lives, and let them know the real-world implications of this legislation.

This is a pivotal moment for all of us. Your participation is crucial. By uniting our voices, we can fight back against this bill and protect our right to access safer alternatives. Please share this message, talk to your friends and family, and let’s stand together against this threat.

Together, we are stronger. Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear.

 

PRINT OUT & INFO
https://bit.ly/NOHB5069

JOIN OUR FIGHT
https://www.sfacoil.org/
https://vaportechnology.org/

IL VAPE ECONOMIC IMPACT DATA
https://bit.ly/VAPEIMPACT

HB5069 SPONSORS:

REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT RITA (D) - 28TH DISTRICT
SPRINGFIELD OFFICE
267-S STRATTON OFFICE BUILDING,
SPRINGFIELD, IL 62706
(217) 558-1000
DISTRICT OFFICE
2355 WEST YORK STREET SUITE 1,
BLUE ISLAND, IL, 60406
(708) 396-2822
(708) 396-2898 FAX

[email protected]
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REPRESENTATIVE BRAD STEPHENS
Springfield Office
314 Capitol Building Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8182 
District Office:
8323 W. Lawrence Ave Suite D
Norridge, IL 60706
(773) 444-0611
Email: [email protected]

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Representative Katie Stuart 
Springfield Office:
278-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8018 
District Office:
2105 Vandalia St.Unit #16
Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 365-6650
Email: [email protected]

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Representative Marcus C. Evans, Jr. 
Springfield Office:268-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8272 
District Office:8500 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 783-8492
Email: [email protected]

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Representative Janet Yang Rohr (D)

Springfield Office:
231-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-6507
 
District Office:
475 River Bend Road
Suite 500
Naperville, IL  60540
(630) 296-4157
Email: [email protected]

Representative Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D)

Springfield Office:
238-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-8117
 
District Office:
4007 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL  60618
(773) 267-2880
(773) 267-2840 FAX
Email: [email protected]

Representative Matt Hanson (D)

Springfield Office:
266-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-1486
 
District Office:
1605 W. Wilson, Suite 112
Batavia, IL  60510
(630) 425-3965
Email: [email protected]
 
Of the roughly 8.9 million e-cigarette products in the PMTA process, more than 8.6 million have been denied to date. All products granted FDA authorization so far are Big Tobacco-owned.
In one ruling of many, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the FDA acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in rejecting the premarket tobacco product applications (PMTA). More than 30 companies have taken legal action to dispute FDA denials.

See the list and learn more: https://bit.ly/PMTACOURT

See FDA Market Authorized List: https://bit.ly/FDAAUTH

 

HB5069 Print Out

#ENDS

Upper Limits Midwest, Inc.

1205 South 2nd Street.

Springfield, IL, 62704.

https://upperlimitsinc.com

Matthieu Fortin

Contact: (217) 679-4315 X1005



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