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Elmer Bailey

The Vapor’s Emporium is in beautiful historic New Market and has been helping smokers quit cigarettes by switching to vaping since 2013. Owner Elmer Bailey is a proud member of the Maryland Vapor Alliance and serves on the board as President. The Vapor’s Emporium is working hard to keep Maryland smoke free and keep vaping available to adults who want to quit smoking.

What is Tobacco Harm Reduction ?

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Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is an approach that encourages modifications to risky behavior, such as sunscreen, condoms, and seatbelts. When quitting smoking seems impossible, harm reduction can mean smoking less, or using alternative nicotine delivery methods

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CIgarettes vs Vaping

The major harm from smoking comes from the inhalation of combustible tobacco and the carcinogens and tar found in cigarette smoke. Nicotine alone is a stimulant, much like caffeine.

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Cleaner

Cleaner ingredients, reduced risk Vapor products provide an alternative, reduced risk delivery method for nicotine. Most eliquids contain only four components: Vegetable Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, food grade flavorings, and nicotine in various strengths.

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Flavours help adults quit!

Research has shown flavor incentives are critical in helping adults move away from traditional cigarettes. The success rate of total tobacco cessation is much higher when adults have access to enjoyable flavors other than tobacco.

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What is harm reduction

Globally recognized benefits – Vaping is globally recognized as 95% less harmful than smoking, is a negligible risk to bystanders, and is considerably more effective than any other cessation methods in helping smokers quit for good. 

News

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Events

HB732 (Hearing)

January 28, 2021 - March 14, 202112:00 am

HB732 (Hearing)

• MVA offered amendments to lower the proposed 86% wholesale and floor tax to a 6% point of sales tax, with vape devices and e-liquids above 5mL taxed at 12%.  The governor vetoed the tax bill, but the veto was overridden.
• Result: the new tax is effective on March 14, 2021.

SB233 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

February 6, 202112:00 am

SB233 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

• MVA testifies with strong opposition against SB233
• MVA offered amendments to SB273.  These amendments were accepted and saved open vapor systems and flavored eliquid. 
• Result: The bill passed the house but did not make it to the senate to be voted on before a COVID shutdown occurred. 

HB3 (Hearing)

February 13, 202112:00 am

HB3 (Hearing)

• MVA worked with legislators to draft fair amendments for vape shop owners across Maryland.  Many showed in opposition at the hearing, further showcasing the need for the bill to be reformed.  MVA’s amendments were accepted and saved open vapor systems and flavored eliquid. 
• Result: The Economic Matters Committee successfully passed the bill before the COVID shutdown. 

SB177 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

January 28, 202112:00 am

SB177 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

• MVA testifies with strong opposition SB177 which is a flavor ban.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.
• MVA offers amendments to SB273 to protect Maryland vape shops and flavored vaping products.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.  

HB134 (Hearing) 

February 10, 202112:00 am

HB134 (Hearing) 

• MVA testifies with strong opposition against flavor ban.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.

January 28, 2020All Day

January 28, 2020 HB732 (Hearing)

• MVA offered amendments to lower the proposed 86% wholesale and floor tax to a 6% point of sales tax, with vape devices and e-liquids above 5mL taxed at 12%.  The governor vetoed the tax bill, but the veto was overridden. 
• Result: the new tax is effective on March 14, 2021.

February 6, 2020All Day

February 6, 2020 SB233 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

• MVA testifies with strong opposition against SB233
• MVA offered amendments to SB273.  These amendments were accepted and saved open vapor systems and flavored eliquid. 
• Result: The bill passed the house but did not make it to the senate to be voted on before a COVID shutdown occurred. 

February 13, 2020All Day

February 13, 2020 HB3 (Hearing)

• MVA worked with legislators to draft fair amendments for vape shop owners across Maryland.  Many showed in opposition at the hearing, further showcasing the need for the bill to be reformed.  MVA’s amendments were accepted and saved open vapor systems and flavored eliquid. 
• Result: The Economic Matters Committee successfully passed the bill before the COVID shutdown. 

January 28, 2021All Day

January 28, 2021 SB177 (Hearing) and SB273 (Hearing)

• MVA testifies with strong opposition SB177 which is a flavor ban.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.

• MVA offers amendments to SB273 to protect Maryland vape shops and flavored vaping products.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.  

February 10, 2021All Day

February 10, 2021 HB134 (Hearing) 

• MVA testifies with strong opposition against flavor ban.  
• Result: Legislation is still ongoing.

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