Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Next Board of Parks Commissioners meeting is December 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center: 1625 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704
The ordinance is listed for discussion on the agenda: Click here to view
Next Madison-Dane County Board of Health meeting is December 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM (place TBD.) The agenda has not been posted yet, but will appear here: Click to view
The public is welcome (and strongly encouragd) to attend these meetings and address the lawmakers with their concerns and comments. Arrive early to sign up on the registration form to speak.
The City of Madison is poised to deceptively define smoke-free e-cigarette use as "smoking." The justification written into the proposed law makes misleading, false and/or unproven scientific claims about "ultra-fine particles" and "volitile organic compounds."
The first reading was on November 18, 2014 and has been referred to the Board of Park Commissioners and the Madison-Dane Board of Health .
This ordinance will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all places where conventional smoking is prohibited. This includes businesses that wish to cater to e-cigarette consumers and retailers that need to allow customers to try samples. The same proposed ordinance also extends the prohibited areas to include Madison parks and beaches, which would also apply to vaping.
Because 10 alders have sponsored this ordinance (see sponsor list below), they only need just one more vote for this ordinance to pass. We strongly recommend members first focus efforts contacting the lawmakers who are not already on board with this proposal, to convince them not to vote in favor. However, be sure to also contact the sponsors to let them know how you disapprove of their decision to support this ordinance.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Friday, October 31, 2014
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Call to Action: Philadelphia is Considering a $2.00 Tax E-Cigarettes and and $.50/ml Tax on E-Liquids
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Election day is less than a week away, and we encourage vapers everywhere to take some time to become more informed about the candidates and their positions on issues that are important to you, including stances on e-cigarettes are other low-risk alternatives to smoking. And, most importantly, make your voice heard by exercising your right to vote.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Call to Action: New York City is Considering Banning the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids
As is often the case, flavor bans like this are poorly researched and fail to account for the fact that practically ALL e-liquid is “flavored”. Furthermore, this ordinance fails to carve out an exemption for dedicated vapor shops, allowing sales by tobacco bars only.
Participation in this Call to Action is NOT limited to residents of New York City, but if you are not a resident, please edit the letter to share what relationship you may have with New York City (for example, you have family or friends who live there, you plan on visiting, et cetera).
Also, please note that the CQRC campaign sometimes glitches and resets, and, if so, you may lose any edits you make to your email. If you are editing the email, you should consider editing the letter in a word processing program and then copying the final product into the CQRC program.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
CASAA is delighted to announce that Professors Brad Rodu and Igor Burstyn have joined its Board of Directors. Anyone interested in CASAA will be familiar with them and their work, but by way of brief introduction:
Brad Rodu is Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction Research at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He has been working on tobacco harm reduction advocacy longer than anyone else, dating back to his landmark 1994 paper in Nature, and has produced an enormous corpus of research studies and other analysis on the topic. He is widely considered the father of the tobacco harm reduction movement.
Igor Burstyn is Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health. He is an expert in environmental health and research methodology, and has been interested in tobacco harm reduction for almost ten years. His most notable contribution in the field was his systematic review of e-cigarette chemical exposure, which was sponsored by CASAA in 2013.
We cannot imagine better additions to the CASAA leadership than Drs. Rodu and Burstyn.
As part of this reorganization, Carl V Phillips has left the Board of Directors and now serves as CASAA’s Chief Scientific Officer (a cosmetic change of titles from “Scientific Director” to avoid confusion). Don’t worry -- Dr. Phillips’s contributions to CASAA’s work will remain almost unchanged. Upon his departure from the Board, CASAA began paying Phillips a token sum as a consultant. We felt that it was inappropriate to continue to take so much of the time of a top professional in the field without some compensation. While CASAA is unable to pay him or any other member of the leadership what they really deserve for all their hard and valuable work, this is something.
We are certain that those who remember CASAA’s modest origins are excited to see how CASAA has grown, not only in terms of its leadership, but also in terms of its membership, reach, and substantive work. The addition of these two top researchers will further enhance CASAA’s ability to advocate for THR and the consumers who depend on these potentially life-saving alternatives to smoking.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
International Call to Action! Celebrate World Vaping Day by Telling the World Health Organization How E-Cigarettes Have Changed Your Life.
Today, September 18, 2014, is World Vaping Day. We can think of no better way of celebrating World Vaping Day than by sharing our success stories with the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO is, to put it mildly, anti e-cigarette and has called for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including a ban on e-cigarette use in public places. It sees e-cigarettes as challenging the core message of tobacco control and as a threat to WHO's goals of a tobacco-free world. WHO seems willing to embrace speculative and unsubstantiated concerns about e-cigarettes (including the increasingly discredited gateway theory, namely, that e-cigarette use will lead to non-smokers starting to smoke), but fails to give any weight to the fact that an ever-increasing number of people have quit smoking (or have substantially reduced their smoking) by using e-cigarettes.
According to the WHO, we are anecdotes.
And so today, on World Vaping Day, we are asking vapers from across the world to join together in sending a personal message to WHO. Tell your story and explain how e-cigarette use has changed your life. Let them know that we are real people, not anecdotes. (While this Call to Action is being released on World Vaping Day, it will continue indefinitely.)