Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Please (1) email and call the mayor and members of the City Council to explain why you oppose efforts to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, and (2) attend the meeting and offer testimony in opposition to efforts to define smoke-free e-cigarette use as smoking.
Please (1) email and call the mayor and members of the Town Council to explain why you oppose efforts to ban e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited, and (2) attend the meeting and offer testimony in opposition to efforts to include smoke-free e-cigarette use in a smoking ban
In addition to banning e-cigarette use as "smoking," the ordinance also bans sales to minors and bans location of retail tobacco stores (50% or more of annual gross receipts are from sale of tobacco and/or e-cigarette products) near schools. (CASAA supports bans on sales to minors and does not object to reasonable restrictions regarding location of shops selling e-cigarettes or tobacco products.)
Monday, April 14, 2014
Local Alert! Newton, Massachusetts Ordinance E-Cigarette Use Ban, Flavor Ban, Restrict Place of Sale, Increase Age of Purchase to 21
UPDATE 4-15-14 P.M.: We have received confirmation that the flavor ban will NOT apply to retail tobacco stores or retail nicotine delivery product stores. However, it would obviously apply to e-cigarettes that are sold in other retail establishments, and CASAA opposes laws which limit the availability of adult consumers to these legal products. Rather then banning the sale of e-cigarettes with characterizing flavors in convenience stores and other non-specialty retail settings, the Board of Aldermen should simply enforce bans on sales to minors.
UPDATE 4-15-14 A.M.: The measure passed out of committee with a favorable vote, and now will be heard by the full Board of Aldermen on TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 at 7:45 P.M., Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02459).
We do not expect that testimony will be allowed at the hearing, but we are asking vapers and harm reduction advocates to (1) attend the hearing to show opposition to the ordinance, and (2) phone, email, and ask to meet in person with members of the full Board of Aldermen. (Contact information below.)
Unlike most anti-e-cigarette ordinances in Massachusetts, this one is NOT being considered by the local Board of Health (who are appointed, not elected). Rather, this is being considered by the Board of Aldermen, elected officials who should be accountable to their constituents.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The City Council is considering four alternatives:
- Prohibit the sale, possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors, and/or
- Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where conventional cigarettes are prohibited; or
- Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where conventional cigarettes are prohibited except in "bars" (more than 51% of their revenue from alcoholic beverages); or
- Take no regulatory action at this time.
(As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping during the City Council meeting.)
Monday, April 7, 2014
San Diego -- April 5, 2014
The Office of Science in the Center for Tobacco Products held a public listening session, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), this past Saturday. Senior staff from the Office of Science was present to hear relevant presentations from members of the public.
CASAA director Elaine Keller attended the event with a presentation written by her and CASAA's Scientific Director, Dr. Carl Phillips, PhD. Below is the transcript of the prepared presentation, with corresponding slides.
SUBMITTED AS ABSTRACT
A large portion of the science related to low-risk alternatives to smoking seems predicated on informing the regulatory question “should these products be caused to disappear, or at least be marginalized from the public view?” But since neither of these is a possibility in a free society, the research efforts designed to promote bans and the responses designed to head-off bans do nothing to improve regulations. Useful regulatory science must be premised on the reality on the ground, not the questionable and unattainable goals of a vocal minority. Such science would help determine what real-world regulation would benefit consumers with improved safety (e.g., specific features of e-cigarettes that should be sought or avoided) and improved understanding (e.g., accurate warning labels on smokeless tobacco). It would also help serve broader policy goals (e.g., moving away from the currently denigrated e-cigarette advertising to messaging that encourages harm reduction without glorifying any product).
Sunday, April 6, 2014
It has been my extreme pleasure and privilege to serve as president of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association for the past 2-1/2 years. But the time has come for me to devote more time to family, so I must relinquish some of my CASAA responsibilities. That's the bad news.
|New CASAA President Julie Woessner|
In addition I was re-elected to the board to serve another 2-year term. Ron Ward, Michael Cozzi and Carl Philips were also re-elected for a second term as board member. The remaining members have another year left on their terms.
A few words about Julie Woessner. She has been a staunch activist for tobacco harm reduction since before CASAA even existed. She applied her knowledge of the law to keep consumers informed about the progression of the court case Smoking Everywhere and Soterra, Inc. d/b/a NJOY versus the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (See http://casaa.org/FDA_vs.html). Her legal knowledge has also been invaluable for evaluating various proposed laws at the Federal, state, and local levels in terms of the potential effects on consumers if the measure were to be enacted.
Her testimony at the Illinois State Capital helped to prevent a ban on e-cigarette sales back in 2010. As a CASAA director, she has spoken to the FDA and to the Office of Management and Budget regarding the potential effects of deeming e-cigarettes to be tobacco products. In short, her writing, speaking, and organizational skills are excellent. I know she will do an excellent job of leading CASAA.
President from September 2011 to April 2014
(last updated 4/8/2014)
If enacted, AB 8178 & SB 6562 would:
- Prohibit the use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes wherever "smoking" is banned
Please see below for information on how to stop these bills.
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