Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mississippi Call to Action (Ended)

Mississippi Call to Action 
Saturday, February 25, 2012 

Link to HB892
Link to SB2713

These bills would: 
Enact a smoking ban which includes electronic cigarette use in the definition of smoking, and would ban vaping anywhere smoking is prohibited.

Two bills have been introduced into the Mississippi State Legislature which would include the use of electronic cigarettes in the definition of smoking.  They have been referred to the Standing Public Health Committees.
Please call, write or fax the members of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and House Public Health and Human Services Committee listed below.
(When writing to the Senate, refer to SB2713, when writing to the House, refer to HB892.)

What to say:
1. You would like them to amend Section 3, definition of "Smoking" to replace the last sentence of the definition with this text, "The term does not include the use of an e-cigarette or any other type of smoke-free product.".

Encourage them to also remove [paragraph (o) for HB, paragraph (p) for SB] of Section 2 because it grossly misrepresents the findings of FDA's laboratory test, which confirmed that e-cigarettes don't emit any tobacco smoke and contain nontoxic constituents, with similar trace levels of nitrosamines as found in nicotine gums and patches, and far lower levels than most smokeless tobacco products (none of whose usage would be banned by the proposal).

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 website for more information.

Contact information:

Mississippi State Capitol
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215

House Public Health and Human Services Committee email lists:
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Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee email lists:
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House Public Health and Human Services Committee

Sam C. Mims, V (R) Chair
(601)684-0281 (H)

Toby Barker (R) Vice-Chair
(601)307-3802 (H)

Brian Aldridge (R)
(662)842-0401 (H)
(662)841-5833 (W)

Cecil Brown (D)
(601)362-8383 (H)
(601)982-4123 (W)

Kimberly Campbell Buck (D)
(601)982-4277 (H)
(601)956-5771 (W)

Bryant W. Clark (D)
(662)834-4074 (H)
(662)834-6133 (W)

Mary H. Coleman (D)
(601)982-0496 (H)
(601)362-8105 (W)

Carolyn Crawford (R)
(228)452-5029 (H)

Becky Currie (R)
(601)833-5953 (H)

Dennis DeBar (R)
(601)394-4400 (W)

James Evans (D)
(601)353-7464 (H)
(601)948-0517 (W)

George Flaggs, Jr. (D)
(601)630-8004 (W)

Eugene Forrest Hamilton (R)
(662)895-5765 (H)
(662)893-7400 (W)

John W. Hines, Sr. (D)
(662)335-9704 (H)
(662)334-9444 (W)

Joey Hood (R)
(662)547-9818 (H)
(662)285-4663 (W)

Kevin Horan (D)
(662)226-1817 (H)
(662)226-2185 (W)

Bobby B. Howell (R)
(662)262-7171 (H)
(662)262-4220 (W)

Hank Lott (R)
(601)758-4265 (H)
(601)758-0800 (W)
(601)606-0800 (C)

Brad Mayo (R)

Kevin McGee (R)
(601)829-9701 (H)
(601)939-4910 (W)

Tom Miles (D)
(601)732-9511 (H)
(601)469-7886 (W)

Bobby Moak (D)
(800)595-6244 (W)

John Read (R)
(228)497-9852 (H)
(228)497-4090 (W)

Randy Rushing (R)
(601)635-2044 (H)
(601)917-9504 (C)

Bobby Shows (R)
(601)477-9225 (H)

Jeffrey C. Smith (R)
(662)327-0407 (H)
(662)328-2711 (W)
(662)328-0745 (F)

Jessica Upshaw (R)
(228)255-6619 (H)
(228)867-6005 (W)

Percy W. Watson (D)
(601)544-6490 (H)
(601)545-1051 (W)

Linda Whittington (D)
(662)658-1241 (H)
(662)455-2864 (W)

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee

Dean Kirby (R) Chair
(601)932-1966 (H)
(601)939-5968 (W)

Hob Bryan (D) Vice Chair
(662)256-9989 (H)
(662)256-9601 (W)

David Blount (D)

Terry C. Burton (R)
(601)683-7050 (H)
(601)683-6695 (W)

Nancy Adams Collins (R)

Merle Flowers (R)
(662)349-3983 (W)
(662)349-3985 (F)

Hillman Terome Frazier (D)
(601)982-1871 (H)
(601)359-5957 (F)

Alice Harden (D)

Josh Harkins (R)
(601)209-8448 (C)

W. Briggs Hopson III (R)

Gary Jackson (R)
(662)547-6684 (H)

Kenneth Wayne Jones (D)
(601)859-3438 (H)
(601)859-8844 (W)

Rita Potts Parks (R)
(662)287-6323 (H)
(662)415-4793 (C)

Willie Simmons (D)
(662)846-7434 (W)
(662)846-7011 (F)

Tony Smith (R)
(601)749-4144 (W)
(601)569-0691 (C)

Melanie Sojourner (R)
(601)442-9664 (H)
(601)334-6729 (C)

Gray Tollison (R)
(662)234-7070 (W)

Bennie L. Turner (D)
(662)494-5061 (H)
(662)494-6611 (W)

Brice Wiggins (R)
(228)696-9545 (H)
(228)324-3232 (W)
(601)510-9378 (F)

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