Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Emergency Message for Northern California E-cigarette Users

We only just became aware last night that tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 1) the Alameda, California City Council will be voting on an ordinance that would prohibit "smoking," including the use of electronic cigarettes, in all indoor workplace, all outdoor public places, multi-unit rental housing (including balconies and porches), and all new common interest properties.

This is a new low.  If this passes, it will be the first successful ban on the use of e-cigarettes in one's own home ever passed.  We would greatly appreciate that our California members write a public comment in opposition or attend tonight's meeting.  To see previous CASAA recommendations for writing public comments, see here.

Public comment can be sent to clerk@ci.alameda.ca.us.  If you'd like to call the City Council members at their offices tomorrow, that info can be foundhere.  The proposed ordinance can be found here.  

The council will meet at 7 p.m tonight in the third floor council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave in Almaeda.  Public comments of 3 minutes long will be accepted.  All you need to do is show up a few minutes early and sign up.

Even if you are from 8 hours away from Almaeda, a public comment would still be greatly appreciated.  Feel free to e-mail it to us at board@casaa.org, or post it in this thread on ECF. 

6 comments:

weasel said...

Just bull why can't people realize that e cigs are a healthy alternative to smoking! I have cut back even on my vaping habits but has been since april since I have smoked a cigarette! There's been dtudys on them one I read stated the vaping was 99% more healthy of a way to get ur nicotine and they even had them on the show Doctors! Its just like the patch or gum but u still get to inhale a vapor to make it feel more like smoking but we all know its safe for others no second hand smoke! I know how well the E Cig has been for me I pray and hope this will not pass for those in California!

pageanmoon said...

I think the ecig part of this ban would be extremely difficult to enforce. And banning smoking outside on your porch or balcony?-I think that is going a bit too far! But it's ok to get totally drunk and act like an idiot-drinking in my opinion causes just as much if not more health and public safety issues as smoking. Wonder what would happen if the people coming up with these bans we're told they couldn't have their after dinner cocktail or 6 pack of beer with their football games?

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Ecigsavings said...

this will never pass I assure you

Design By Pepper said...

what was the outcome?

Shala said...

This should be studied very well. Sometimes prohibition would only lead to more offenders. When they understand the pros and cons, and the merits of using this product, they will realize that banning it entirely will never be the solution.

Shala Ohms