Friday, February 17, 2012

Alabama Call to Action (Ended)

Alabama Smoke-free Air Amendment of 2012
Link to SB197 and SB198
Link to HB383

These bills would:
Ban the use of e-cigarettes in any public place where smoking is prohibited.

UPDATE: The Senate Health Committee has proposed a substitute to SB198 which has been referred favorably to the Senate.  This substitution removes the definition of e-cigarettes and removes their inclusion in the definition of smoking! The House Standing Health Committee has yet to address HB383.
Please call, write or fax the members of the House Health Committee and bill sponsor listed below.

What to say:

1. You would like them to amend HB383 to reflect the Senate substitute bill, specifically: by removing definition (4) of e-cigarettes and amending the definition (17) of SMOKE or SMOKING to remove e-cigarette use.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco has changed your life.

3. Explain how electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette, from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke.

4. Let them know that vapor does not behave in the same manner as smoke. There is no "side stream" vapor like the side stream smoke coming from the lit end of a cigarette. There is also no ash or litter. With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

5. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users indicate that the majority of those who switch, completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%.

6. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

7. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.

Contact information:

House Health Committee and Sponsor email lists:
Semi-colon separated email list:
jimmcc@windstream.net; mike.millican@alhouse.gov; johnny.morrow@alhouse.org; elaine_h_beech@yahoo.com; dchesteen@panhandle.rr.com; berry.forte@alhouse.gov; laura.hall2@att.net; ed.henry@alhouse.org; ronald.johnson@alhouse.org; john.knight@alhouse.org; pwlee@graceba.net; clearimagesal@earthlink.net; jimpattersonhd21@gmail.com; bsketa@aol.com; april.weaver@alhouse.org;marysue@marysuemcclurkin.com

Colon separated email list:
jimmcc@windstream.net, mike.millican@alhouse.gov, johnny.morrow@alhouse.org, elaine_h_beech@yahoo.com, dchesteen@panhandle.rr.com, berry.forte@alhouse.gov, laura.hall2@att.net, ed.henry@alhouse.org, ronald.johnson@alhouse.org, john.knight@alhouse.org, pwlee@graceba.net, clearimagesal@earthlink.net, jimpattersonhd21@gmail.com, bsketa@aol.com, april.weaver@alhouse.org,
marysue@marysuemcclurkin.com

House Health Committee
JIM McCLENDON (R) Chair
50th District
State House, Room 418-A
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7768
(205) 467-2656
jimmcc@windstream.net

MICHAEL J. MILLICAN (R) Vice Chair
17th District
State House, Room 628-F
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7354
(205) 921-3214
FAX: (334) 353-3350
mike.millican@alhouse.gov

JOHNNY MACK MORROW (D)
18th District
State House, Room 404-A
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7698
(256) 356-8043
johnny.morrow@alhouse.org

ELAINE BEECH (D)
65th District
State House, Room 528-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7702
(251) 847-2604
elaine_h_beech@yahoo.com

DONNIE CHESTEEN (R)
87th District
State House, Room 630-E
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7742
(334) 684-2196
(334) 449-1040
Fax: (334) 684-1899
dchesteen@panhandle.rr.com

BERRY FORTE (D)
84th District
State House, Room 540-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7553
(334) 687-9985
(334) 616-1272
berry.forte@alhouse.gov

LAURA HALL (D)
19th District
State House, Room 517-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7688
(256) 859-2234
(256) 539-5441
Fax: (256) 539-5444
laura.hall2@att.net

ED HENRY (R)
9th District
11 S. Union Street
State House, Room 524-A
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7736
(256) 260-2146
Fax: (256) 260-2144
ed.henry@alhouse.org

RONALD G. JOHNSON (R)
33rd District
State House, Room 627-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7777
(256) 249-9489
ronald.johnson@alhouse.org

JOHN F. KNIGHT, JR. (D)
77th District
State House, Room 524-F
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7512
(334) 834-7445
(334) 229-4286
john.knight@alhouse.org

PAUL LEE (R)
86th District
State House, Room 526-C
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7675
(334) 792-9682
Fax: (334) 793-5232
pwlee@graceba.net

BECKY NORDGREN (R)
29th District
State House, Room 522-E
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 353-9032
(256) 546-1378
(256) 328-1653
Fax: (256) 240-7216
clearimagesal@earthlink.net

JIM PATTERSON (R)
21st District
State House, Room 526-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7531
(256) 975-7990
jimpattersonhd21@gmail.com

BENJAMIN "ALLEN" TREADAWAY (R)
51st District
State House, Room 528-C
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7685
(205) 566-6835
(205) 254-1720
bsketa@aol.com

APRIL WEAVER (R)
49th District
State House, Room 522-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7731
april.weaver@alhouse.org

House Bill Sponsor

MARY SUE McCLURKIN (R)
43th District
State House, Room 421
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7682
(205) 620-6610
Fax: (205) 620-6611
marysue@marysuemcclurkin.com
 

1 comment:

hemant steamlite said...

. Smoked 400 000 cigarettes 40 -60 a day switched without a problem. It´s going to be much easier to stop using electronic cigarettes than analog cigarettes. I fell this already after 50 days of usage