Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Seattle Housing Authority Backs Down From E-cigarette Use Ban
The chance for public comments closed back in September for a proposed change in policy by the Seattle Housing Authority, which would have banned e-cigarette use "in individual apartment homes or the common spaces of a SHA community or facility of any type, unless otherwise specified."
CASAA Director Greg Conley discovered and posted about this outrageous proposal October 29, 2011, noting that the next Board of Commissioners meeting is November 8th. Director Conley encouraged members to "Please send civil e-mails requesting that the Board of Commissioners remove smoke-free e-cigarettes from the smoking ban proposal."
Members heeded CASAA's impromptu Call to Action and according to the office of Tom Tierney, SHA's Executive Director, the flood of emails and calls from "individuals who contacted our office about electronic cigarettes" has influenced the SHA to "recommend that we allow the use of electronic cigarettes in the proposed policy for all housing developments."
Another victory against the irrational and knee-jerk legislation of less hazardous, smoke-free alternatives! This is just more proof that your calls and emails DO make a difference - so please help whenever you are able - there are many other fronts on which we are currently fighting!
Posted by Kristin Noll-Marsh at 1:46 PM