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Three bills known to advocates as “PMTA Registry” or “Vapor Product Directory” legislation are moving through the Maryland Legislature. Two of these bills are scheduled for hearings during the first full week in March:

  • HB 1197Tuesday, March 5, 2024
    House Economic Matters Committee
    1:00 PM
    House Office Building, Room 230
    (Sign-up period to speak is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday, March 1)
  • SB 987Thursday, March 7, 2024
    Senate Finance Committee
    1:00 PM
    East Miller Senate Building, Room 3
    (Sign-up period to speak is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6)

*Please see the witness guidelines sheets linked below for more details about in-person and remote testimony.

If enacted, this law would effectively make the state of Maryland an enforcement arm of the Food and Drug Administration requiring state authorities to enforce the disastrous federal anti-vaping regulations. This would put independent vape shops out of business, hundreds of workers out of jobs, and thousands of people at risk of returning to smoking, or delaying attempts at quitting.

Please take a minute to send an email to your lawmakers urging them to oppose Vapor Product Directory bills!

  • Tell your lawmakers that HB 1197, SB 987, and HB 1033 are more about protecting Big Tobacco profits than improving public health and share your personal story about switching to vaping.
  • Enforcing a Vapor Product Directory will close down hundreds of small businesses and put hundreds of workers out of a job.
  • The state doesn’t need to carry water for the FDA by enforcing its disastrous anti-vaping regulations.
  • FDA has arbitrarily denied marketing orders for nearly 1 million products and is failing to move forward with authorizing others.
  • If HB 1197, SB 987, or HB 1033 is enacted, consumers will only have access to a handful of products that have applications pending, or are authorized by FDA.
  • Be brief, be kind, and say thank you 🙂



  • Oral testimony sign-up and written testimony (PDF documents only) submission must be done using the MyMGA feature on the Maryland General Assembly website home page (see icon on the upper right corner of home page).

  • Oral testimony, in-person, is strongly encouraged, but should you choose to testify virtually, you MUST enter a valid email address that you can access. This is how you will receive the Zoom link for admission into the hearing to testify.

  • Oral testimony sign-up and written testimony submission is only open for 10 hours, 2 business days (Econ Matters) or 1 business day (S. Finance) before a scheduled hearing. The sign-up period starts at 8:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm (business days do not include weekends). There is NO switching from in-person to virtual or vice versa once the sign-up period has closed.

HB 1033

Bill Page

HB 1197

Bill Page

SB 987

Bill Page

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