You did it!

Smart Smoke would like to thank everyone who made an effort to speak out against HB 2795, the law that if passed, could have resulted in a 95% tax on electronic cigarettes. Your voices were heard. The bill went to the Senate, but quickly died before making it through the legislative process.

In an email Senator Mike Padden, who did not support the bill said he, “received hundreds of emails and phone calls from people in [his] district, the state, and even a few from folks in other states. They all made it very clear that taxing these products was the wrong way to go.”

Again, we are grateful to our customers for speaking out but don’t give up now—there’s still work to be done. Currently, the bill is dead, which means it’s not eligible for re-introduction this year, but your voice is still essential on this issue.

We’re putting together a list of representatives who supported the bill so that you have the opportunity to put your votes to work, as many these officials are up for reelection.

Our team here at Smart Smoke will do our best to keep you updated on the issue!

For more information on this topic, check our website or check out the resources available on The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association website.

Update: HB 2795

Dear Smart Smoke Customers,

We have learned that HB 2795 (which would tax e-cigarettes at 95% of wholesale price) has passed the House Finance Committee with a 7-6 vote.

This bill will now likely go to the full House for a vote, then to the Senate Ways & Means Committee, and then the full Senate.

Now is the most important time for all of us to voice our concerns about this issue, as this bill could move very fast in an attempt to minimize opposition. There will be a rally this Saturday for anyone able to attend in Olympia. 

For now, we can focus our opposition on the full House and the Senate Ways & Means Committee especially. Please see below for proper contact information.

Thank you all for your support on this issue.

Best regards,

Richard Luttrull
President/CEO, Smart Smoke, Inc
www.SmartSmoke.com

For more information click here: www.facebook.com/WVANetwork

Ways and Means email list:
andy.hill@leg.wa.gov, michael.baumgartner@leg.wa.gov, jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov, jim.hargrove@leg.wa.gov, karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov, kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov, barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov, randi.becker@leg.wa.gov, andy.billig@leg.wa.gov, steve.conway@leg.wa.gov, bruce.dammeier@leg.wa.gov, karen.fraser@leg.wa.gov, david.frockt@leg.wa.gov, bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov, brian.hatfield@leg.wa.gov, mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov, jeanne.kohl-welles@leg.wa.gov, mike.padden@leg.wa.gov, linda.parlette@leg.wa.gov, ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov, mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov, rodney.tom@leg.wa.gov

Senator Andy Hill, Chair (R) 45th District
(360) 786-7672
andy.hill@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/45/0

Senator Michael Baumgartner, Vice Chair (R) 6th District
(360) 786-7610, (509) 329-3740
michael.baumgartner@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/6/0

Senator Jim Honeyford, (R) 15th District
(360) 786-7684, Fax: (360) 786-1999
jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/15/0

Senator James Hargrove, (D) 24th District
(360) 786-7646, (360) 457-2520, (360) 533-9477, Fax: (360) 786-1323 jim.hargrove@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail:https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/24/0

Senator Karen Keiser, (D) 33rd District
(360) 786-7664, Fax: (360) 786-7450
karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/33/0

Senator Kevin Ranker, (D) 40th District
(360) 786-7678, (360) 899-5638, Fax: 360-899-5641
kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/40/0

Senator Barbara Bailey, (R) 10th District
(360) 786-7618
barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/10/0

Senator Randi Becker, (R) 2nd District
(360) 786-7602
randi.becker@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/2/0

Senator Andy Billig, (D) 3rd District
(360) 786-7604, (509) 209-2427
andy.billig@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/3/0

Senator John Braun, (R) 20th District
(360) 786-7638
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/20/0

Senator Steve Conway, (D) 29th District
(360) 786-7656
steve.conway@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/29/0

Senator Bruce Dammeier, (R) 25th District
(360) 786-7648, (253) 840-4523
Bruce.Dammeier@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/25/0

Senator Karen Fraser, (D) 22nd District
(360) 786-7642, Fax: (360) 786-1999
karen.fraser@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/22/0

Senator David Frockt, (D) 46th District
(360) 786-7690, (206) 729-3225 Fax: (360) 786-1446 David.Frockt@leg.wa.gov Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/46/0

Senator Bob Hasegawa, (D) 11th District
(360) 786-7616, 206-587-5554
bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/11/0

Senator Brian Hatfield, (D) 19th District
(360) 786-7636
brian.hatfield@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/19/0

Senator Mike Hewitt, (R) 16th District
(360) 786-7630, (509) 545-2014
mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/16/0

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, (D) 36th Legislative District
(360) 786-7670, (206) 281-6854, Fax: (360) 786-1999, (206) 216-3182
jeanne.kohl-welles@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/36/0

Senator Mike Padden, (R) 4th District
(360) 786-7606, (509) 921-2460
mike.padden@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/4/0

Senator Linda Evans Parlette, (R) 12th District
(360) 786-7622, (509) 663-9702, Fax: (360) 786-1266, Fax: (509) 663-9703 linda.parlette@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/12/0

Senator Ann Rivers, (R) 18th District
(360) 786-7634
Ann.Rivers@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/18/0

Senator Mark Schoesler, Republican Leader, (R) 9th District
(360) 786-7620, Fax: (360) 786-1999
mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/9/0

Senator Rodney Tom, (D) 48th District
(360) 786-7694
rodney.tom@leg.wa.gov
Capitol Webmail: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/48/0

Update – Urgent: In regards to 95% e-cig tax

Dear Smart Smokers,

A second hearing on HB 2795 (which, like SB 6595, would tax e-cigarettes at an outrageous 95%) will be held Friday morning at 10 AM in a room to be determined at the O’Brien Building at the State House (504 15th Ave SE in Olympia). This hearing will be before the House Finance Committee.

Before Friday’s hearing (and especially if you can’t make it to Olympia), please make phone calls to the offices of the State Representatives. Be respectful and brief — ask to have a message delivered that you are a Washington resident, have been smoke-free for (months or years), and you’d like them to oppose taxes on electronic cigarettes.

These are the representatives that will hear the bill Friday morning, so phone calls to them will make a big difference.

Send a letter in opposition to your legislator here – https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/2795

Richard Luttrull

President/CEO, Smart Smoke, Inc
Facebook.com/SmartSmokeECigs
Twitter: @SmartSmoke

Contact the members of the House Finance Committee
Chair – Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D – Seattle)
(360) 786-7814 / reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov

Vice Chair – Rep. Steve Tharinger (D – Sequim)
(360) 786-7904 / steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Kristine Lytton (D – Anacortes)
(360) 786-7800 / kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Drew Hansen (D – Bainbridge Island)
(360) 786-7842 / drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D – Burien)
(360) 786-7952 / fitzgibbon.joe@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Larry Springer (D – Kirkland)
(360) 786-7822 / larry.springer@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Gerry Pollet (D – Seattle)
(360) 786-7886 / gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Chris Reykdal (D – Tumwater)
(360) 786-7940 / chris.reykdal@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Terry Nealey (R – Dayton)
(360) 786-7828 / terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Cary Condotta (R – East Wenatchee)
(360) 786-7954 / cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Brandon Vick (R – Felida)
(360) 786-7850 / brandon.vick@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Ed Orcutt (R – Kalama)
(360) 786-7990 / ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov

Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R – Roy)
(360) 786-7912 / jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov

E-mail list: reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov, steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov, kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov, drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov, fitzgibbon.joe@leg.wa.gov, larry.springer@leg.wa.gov, gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov, chris.reykdal@leg.wa.gov, terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov, cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov, brandon.vick@leg.wa.gov, ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov, jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov

Important News: Proposed 95% Tax on Smart Smoke Products

Dear Smart Smoke customers and fans,

We like to keep our blog posts lighthearted and fun, discussing relevant topics in a genuine way. This post is, however, about a serious subject that affects all of us as Smart Smoke or electronic cigarette users across Washington State.

As our products, and products like ours, have increased in popularity they have also attracted increased legislation and regulation. Right now, Washington State has proposed a bill that would put a 95% tax on our e-cigs and e-cigars.

In addition to imposing an excessive tax, Washington bill 6569 would redefine electronic cigarettes as “tobacco products” and a “tobacco substitute,” requiring retailers to obtain a state tobacco license.

This bill would not only increase the end costs to consumers, but it could potentially change the availability of these products to you, the consumer.

Actions need to be taken to stop this proposed bill from making it any further. Contact the Washington Ways and Means Committee or your Senator, and tell them you OPPOSE the proposed bill.

We urge you to contact your Senator and explain that you are a Washington resident and you would like them to OPPOSE state bill 6569 because it would impose a 95% tax on the sale of electronic cigarette devices and liquids.

Click here to find your district and the contact information for your Senator: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

For more information on this, visit these links:
http://blog.casaa.org/2014/02/call-to-action-washington-bill-to.html
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6569#history

As always, if you have any questions we’d love to hear from you. Post your comments below or contact our Customer Service team at customerservice@smartsmoke.com or 1.888.356.4654, opt. 2. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading,

Richard Luttrull
President/CEO, Smart Smoke, Inc

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E-cigs on Campus

Electronic cigarettes have been growing in popularity and rightly so- as they are providing a smarter alternative to traditional tobacco, smoke and tar. Unfortunately, we are also seeing a growing number of bans and proposed legislation, looking to limit or prohibit their usage or sale.

This ongoing issue is especially striking a cord on college campuses across the nation. With more and more young adults making the switch to electronic cigarettes, some are now faced with roadblocks preventing them from vaping in public.

Alabama State is one of the campuses that have already set a ban on any tobacco products, which includes the use of electronic cigarettes on campus. Arizona State is another college looking into a similar ban, which is sure to cause controversy among students.

What makes this ongoing situation really interesting is the fact that nearly 33% of college students smoke and this trend has been on the rise in recent years. Electronic cigarettes provide a convenient and smarter alternative for many current smokers looking to reduce or quit the harmful side effects of traditional cigarettes.

Many people can attest to the positive affects switching to electronic cigarettes has had on their life, health or pocketbook! Ultimately, making the switch to Smart Smoke electronic cigarettes helps people quit the smell, ash, tar and second-hand smoke associated with traditional tobacco and should not be banned for use by adults.

Do you Vape on campus? Let us know your thoughts on this ongoing issue and what is being done about it in your area!

New and Improved Return Policy!

It’s 2014 and the New Year has brought many changes to Smart Smoke… We are now pleased to introduce you to our new and improved Return Policy!

We love hearing from our customers and this is proof that we DO listen to your feedback!

This policy governs our In-Store Returns and Exchanges.
(…If your Smart Smoke item does not meet the outlined criteria, you are always encouraged to contact Customer Service and we can provide additional help and support!)

In-Store Return and Exchange Policy:

Some items may be eligible for return or exchange under certain conditions. Not all items qualify for return or exchange.

Clearance, discontinued and custom items are not eligible for return or exchange. Items qualifying for return or exchange have a time constraint during which a return or exchange is allowed.

Items qualifying for return or exchange must be presented by the original purchaser at the store from which it was originally purchased.

Items qualifying for return or exchange must be in new and working condition, to be determined by Smart Smoke, with the Smart Smoke™ Logo intact and all included accessories. Example: cone, end cap and charger if applicable.

Damaged or abused items will not be accepted for return or exchange. Proof of identity and proof of purchase may be required.

There are no cash refunds Shipping expenses are not refundable. Acceptable returns will be credited to the card used for purchase.

  • If the card is not present, a gift card or store credit may be issued.
  • If cash was the original method of payment, a gift card or store credit will be issued.

Return criteria

Smart Smoke batteries/chargers/accessories:

  • In new condition, within thirty (30) days of purchase.

SmartNic®,  SmartCart® bottles, Flavor Ups  and Smart Smoke atomizers:

  • Consumables are not eligible for return.

Exchange criteria

Smart Smoke batteries/chargers/accessories:

  • In new condition, within thirty (30) days of purchase.

SmartNic®, SmartCart® bottles, Flavor Ups or Smart Smoke atomizers:

  • If given the wrong item in error, customer must contact Smart Smoke within three (3) days of purchase.

Now I have to ask… have you returned or exchanged anything at our Smart Smoke stores? Let us know how it went!