ACTION ALERT: Washington’s War on Tobacco is threatening American jobs! OPPOSE HR-2339

Posted February 20th, 2020 | Status:

Washington’s War on Tobacco is threatening American jobs! OPPOSE HR-2339.

Please join BizFed Central Valley in sending letters in opposition to Fresno Congressman Jim Costa, and urge him to oppose this harmful measure.

HR-2339 would ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.

We supported raising the legal age of purchase from 18 to 21 and we agree that underage vaping needs to be addressed.

The FDA is correct in regulating flavored tobacco products, but depriving consenting adults of their choice in flavor with an outright ban is a complete overreach.


By the numbers:

  • Nearly 340,000 licensed U.S. businesses sell tobacco products.

  • More than a third of these sales – 25.9 billion annually – consist of ordinary tobacco products that this proposal would ban outright.

  • Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs at legitimate businesses depend on these sales (licensed wholesalers, retailers, distributors).

Local governments throughout California have implemented similar bans and  experienced the following:

  • Loss of retailer tobacco retailer sales and auxiliary sales (gas, snacks, drinks, etc.)

  • Loss of retailer jobs due to the decline in overall business.

  • Sales of illicit flavored tobacco have increased.

Click HERE to download the Fact Sheet and learn more.


How can you help?

Send Congressman Jim Costa a letter urging him to oppose HR-2339.

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