On November 8th, when Californians vote for the next President, you will also vote on Proposition 56, which increases the tax on cigarettes ***AND*** vapor products. This could result in a new tax of 62-69% (or more) on vapor products.
This ballot proposition is not what it appears; government and multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical interests lose money as smoking rates decline. This November, they want to make up the difference by taxing vapor products just like cigarettes, at the cost of Californians’ lives.
The supporters of this initiative are very quick to tell you that the money collected from this tax will ONLY be used to fund anti-smoking programs, healthcare, cancer treatment, and research. The only reason they can get away with saying this is because they are betting on the fact that most voters won’t bother to read the actual initiative text. If you do read it, you’ll find that there are plenty of loopholes allowing that money to be used for completely unrelated things. For example, paying $36 million per year to Attorney General Kamala Harris’s own office to use however she likes. But the worst loophole of all is the one that says if this additional tax results in a decrease in tobacco sales (that’s the goal) and that decrease results in a decrease in sales tax and other money the state gets, like MSA payments, (which it will) then the funds can be used to supplement those losses. Which means the majority of this money will go into the general fund. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though. If you look at California’s past uses of smoking-related tax money, (also supposed to be used for smoking prevention) only 4.3% of it actually goes towards smoking prevention activities and education. The rest goes to the general fund. The California government is addicted to tobacco money, and if and when that money goes away, they’ll sacrifice whatever – or whoever – they have to in order to replace it.
ATTEND ONE OF THE MEETINGS IN THE LOCATIONS TO LEARN HOW YOU WILL BE IMPACTED AND HOW YOU MAY HAVE A CHANCE IN PREVENTING PROP 56 FROM GAINING A MAJORITY OF YES VOTES.
If you are a resident in California who is allowed to vote but you are not registered to vote, REGISTER TO VOTE by October 27 NOW! If you are a business in the vapor industry, ask ALL your customers the same thing! There are no excuses and to be perfectly honest the chances of a “vapor vote” making enough of a difference will DEPEND ENTIRELY ON YOU.
SEPTEMBER 16 : SACRAMENTO – 6PM – 8PM
2700 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
SEPTEMBER 17 : SAN JOSE – 5PM – 7PM
It IS Vapor 7
265 Meridian Ave #1, San Jose, CA 95126
SEPTEMBER 18 : FRESNO – 1PM – 3PM
Fresno City Vapor
5769 N First St, Fresno, CA 93710