Oppose Bill SB621 & SB2278

Attention Valued Customers,

We have just been notified of two new vaping bills that have been introduced to Hawaii state legislature, SB621 & SB2278, and once again we need your help and support to submit testimonies and OPPOSE both of them now.

These bills intend to impose a 70% wholesale tax on ALL vaping products which will result in inflated prices all around. Testimonies need to be submitted IMMEDIATELY.
SB621 Hearing Date
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 1:35PM
Senate Health Committee (HTH)
Via Videoconference

SB2278 Hearing Date
Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 9:30AM
Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN)
Conference Room 229 & Videoconference

Late testimony may not get the opportunity to be invited into the virtual hearing room to offer live testimony and be present for committee members’ Q&A.  Instead, late testimony is like the general public and can observe the hearing live streamed on YouTube, but can’t testify.  Therefore, if you would like to participate in the hearing, please make sure your written testimony is submitted on time. 

As a part of Hawaii's vaping community, your efforts are needed now to help prevent these increased taxes. Let your voice be heard and submit testimonies in opposition to these bills. It only takes 5 minutes to make a difference and support the vaping community of Hawaii.

Remote Testimony Guidelines
Hawai‘i State House of Representatives Regular Session of 2022

Click here to submit written testimony & request to testify via videoconference for the hearing  https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx 

Please use the Legislature's website to submit your written testimony and select "yes" when asked if you are requesting to testify remotely via Zoom at the hearing.   
Deadline to submit  Videoconference testifiers must submit their written testimony (20MB max) and request to testify remotely at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.  
Disclosure All testimony received by the Hawai‘i House of Representatives is posted on the Hawai‘i Legislature's website, which is accessible to the public. Please do not include information that you do not want disclosed to the public. 
Learn how to Zoom  If you're not familiar with Zoom, please spend a few minutes reviewing the user interface ahead of time. These links may be helpful:  
• Joining a meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-
• Attendee controls during a meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/200941109-Attendee-controls-in-a-meeting
• This link explains how to test your computer speaker and microphone: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-Testing-computer-or-device-audio
Join Zoom button appears 3 HOURS BEFORE HEARING  3 hours before the hearing, the Request Zoom link will convert to a Join Zoom button and will be available on your capitol account after logging in to your testimony submittal page.

Zoom Settings  Name - First and last name must be the same as written testimony Audio - Enable computer audio
Video - Strongly encouraged to enable video
Virtual Background - No copyright photos allowed
Chat - Panel is open (staff will use it to communicate with you) If you have questions or run into technical problems, you can use the chat feature to send a message to the host during the meeting. 

Only testifiers who followed the registration process outlined above will be admitted from the waiting room and allowed to join the Zoom meeting.  
 Join the Zoom meeting 30 MIN BEFORE HEARING  Please join the Zoom meeting 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the hearing so we can verify & admit all participants from the waiting room. We may do a quick audio & video test if time permits.