One of the proposals being kicked around during this weeks special session on the budget is a tax on e-cigarettes/vaping.
Supporters of vaping have noted that the proposal is shortsighted and based on a misinformation campaign.
There are at least three Facebook event pages for the rally in one organizer says:
ATTENTION: WE ARE ASKING ALL VAPE STORE OWNERS AND ALL VAPE/E-CIGARETTE USERS WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THIS TAX TO COME TO THE ALABAMA STATEHOUSE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 9:00AM
Details: This will be a coordinated visit to oppose the e-cog/vape tax. We need as many people as possible to be at the Alabama State House at 11 South Union Street in Montgomery on Tuesday at 9:00am. We will meet in the front on the building at 8:50am and then disperse to attend committee meetings and meet individually with legislators.
Breath Easier Alliance of Alabama has an event page which says:
BEAA is an organization of Alabama vape vendors and users lobbying for reasonable legislation to protect our adult decisions to use vape & e-cig products.
BEAA will be rallying in front of the Alabama State House to oppose the e-cig/vape tax.
Details: This will be a coordinated visit to oppose this tax. We need as many people as possible to be at the Alabama State House at. We will meet in the front on the building at 8:50am and then disperse to attend committee meetings and meet individually with legislators.
Please dress business casual (No shorts, no tshirts) and we will have lapel stickers for everyone to wear. Prepare to be there at least until 1:00pm.
Please let us know if you intend on coming and how many people you will be bringing with you so that we can have a head count.
Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama is non-partisan as will be the rally.
Out of state activist and those not able to make it to Montgomery are planning at twitter event. Per the blog The Daily Advocate by Momma Vape:
Our Vaping Brothers & Sisters in Alabama are facing a potential nasty tax on their e-cig products during this week’s special session. Let’s give them a hand and tweet a special message to their Representatives, Senators, and Governor. Please keep it civil, factual, & professional! Also, please include #alleg in your tweets.
It’ll be interesting to see how lawmakers respond and how many vapers turn out tomorrow.