Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New York State Call to Action (Ended)

UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of CASAA members, the New York State Legislature ended their session by passing A9044-B, which bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  A9044-B, which would have senselessly banned sales of e-cigarettes to adults, failed to pass.

New York State Senator Kemp Hannon has proposed Bill S07635  (Link
This bill would:
If enacted, prohibit all sales of electronic cigarettes. It amends New York Public Health Law, §1399-11, enacted in August 2000, which prohibited cigarette sellers and common carriers from shipping cigarettes directly to consumers.

The bill was introduced in the Health Committee and may be referred to the Rules Committee which meets daily. Thus it could be sent to the full Senate at any time. So it is urgent that messages be sent to members of the Rules Committee immediately.

NOTE: You do not need to include all of the items listed below, but the first two are vital.

What to say:
1. Let them know that you strongly oppose S07635 that would ban all electronic cigarette sales, but that you do support a ban on sales to minors. Senator Johnson's S02926B (same as A 9044-B introduced by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal) would appropriately ban sales to minors while keeping the products available to adults as a reduced-risk alternative to smoking.

2. Tell your story on how switching from smoking cigarettes to a far less hazardous alternative product has changed your life. When and why did you start using an e-cigarette? What effect has this had on your smoking of tobacco cigarettes? What has been the effect on your health?

3. Explain that research has consistently shown that virtually all e-cigarette users are using them as a substitute for smoking. The vast majority tried to quit smoking multiple times, using the other methods available and failed.

4. Tell them that there are an estimated 250,000 e-cigarette users in New York. Many, deprived of the ability to purchase e-cigarettes in New York, will return to the far more hazardous act of smoking since tobacco cigarettes will, ironically, continue to be readily available in New York.

5. Tell them that e-cigarettes have been shown to pose so little health risk that it is below what can be measured and no one has even tried to estimate it.
a.     Claims about chemical contamination are vastly overblown. Some of the supposed contaminants occur as such incredibly low levels that they are barely measurable using the most modern instruments.
b.    Pharmaceutical nicotine products like patches and nicotine gum contain about the same quantities of “carcinogens” as a gram of e-cigarette liquid—about 8 nanograms. In contrast, a pack of Marlboro cigarettes contains 126,000 nanograms.
6. Tell them that cigarette lighters and home fires started by smoking tobacco cigarettes cause far more injuries than e-cigarettes have. According to one study, well over a thousand people are injured per year due to defective lighters [news story], and over 1,000 people are killed by fires caused by smoking [FEMA].

7. As for smoking itself, on average, it is estimated that smoking for just a couple of months poses a greater health risk than a lifetime of using a smoke-free nicotine or tobacco product.

6. Direct them to the website for more information.

Please call, write or fax the members of the New York Senate Rules Committee below.

Kemp Hannon (sole sponsor and member of Senate Rules Committee)
The Capitol Room 420
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2200

Chair: Sen. Dean G. Skelos (chairman of Senate Rules Committee)
Legislative Office Building, Room 909
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3171

James S. Alesi
Room 512, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2015
Fax: (518) 426-6968

Neil D. Breslin
172 State Street Room 413, Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2225

Martin Malavé Dilan
188 State Street Room 903, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2177
Fax: (518) 426-6947

Thomas K. Duane
181 State Street Room 711-B Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2451
Fax: (518) 426-6846

Hugh T. Farley
188 State Street Room 711, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2181
Fax: (518) 455-2271

Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.
188 State Street Room 609, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3341

Ruth Hassell-Thompson
188 State Street Room 707 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2061
Fax: (518) 426-6998

Owen H. Johnson
188 State Street Room 913 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3411
172 State Street Room 905 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2297
Fax: (518) 426-6874

William J. Larkin Jr.
188 State Street Room 502, Senate Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2770

Kenneth P. LaValle
188 State Street Room 806, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3121
429 Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2677

Carl L Marcellino
188 State Street Room 811, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2390

George D. Maziarz
Room 708, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2024

Velmanette Montgomery
944 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3451
Fax: (518) 426-6854

Michael F. Nozzolio
188 State Street Room 412, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2366
Fax: (518) 426-6953

Kevin S. Parker
188 State Street Room 604, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2580
Fax: (518) 426-6843

Bill Perkins
188 State Street Room 517, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2441
Fax: 518-426-6809

Stephen M. Saland
State Street Room 504 - Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2411

John L. Sampson
188 State Street Room 907, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2788
Fax: (518) 426-6806

James L. Seward
172 State Street Room 430, Capital
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518) 455-3131

Dean G. Skelos
Legislative Office Building, Room 909
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3171

Malcolm A. Smith
181 State Street Room 808, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2701
Fax: (518) 455-2816

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
188 State Street Room 615, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2585
Fax: (518) 426-6811


JM said...

Doesn't this country have bigger issues than making laws to prevent the sale of a device that has helped me and thousands other over come Smoking cigarettes. Are we going to ban bottled water and organic vegitables next?

Remolian said...

This is battle I'm sure will play out across the country at some point as E-cigs gain more customers. Despite all the taxes and anti smoking legislation the tobacco industry is still making money and a lot of it. And there are plenty of politicians out there willing to take some of that money to help them protect their interests. Everyone in every state needs to watch for bills like this if they want to protect their E-cigs. My advice to New York, Find the politicians responsible for this bill and make sure they don't have a job next term

Unknown said...

This is so scary how they want to take something away from us that is keeping us from this terrible thing called cigarettes. I have smoked for 24 years and I have tried everything known to man to try to stop smoking. Patches,pills,cold turkey,teas and nothing has worked. I was introduced to e-cigs 5 months ago and I have not bought a pack since. My vaping Family "THAT RITE THERE IS THE PROBLEM". When you take their golfing ,vacationing and caviar money away, it becomes a problem. VAPE ON and VAPE STRONG.

Stuart Goltzman said...

According to my pulmonologist by using electronic cigarettes, my lungs are healthier now than three years ago when I began vapings. My Emphysema is gone

I strongly believe that electronic cigarettes have added years to my life. I Strongly oppose this bill and support the continued ban of the sale to minors of e-cigs

Many doctors are now recommending electronic cigarettes to their patients that smoke as a method of at least doing much less harm to themselves.

As more doctors and scientists gain awareness of these devices they are now started to show great support as the use of the electronic cigarette offers an alternative that is far less harmful than smoking.

This technology was invented less that 10 years ago and you are rushing to destroy it. That begs the question why. What is the hurry. By banning electronic cigarettes you will be endorsing big tobacco as e-cig users would have to switch back to tobacco cigarettes’ and certain infirmity or death.

The 2009 FDA report about a single cigarette containing less diethylene glycol than a tube of toothpaste is already out of date and irrelevant as the industry has progressed and refined its products. Nicotine may actually improve brain function

Clinical Studies are now being done all across the country and early results indicate that electronic cigarettes are a far better alternative to tobacco smoke.

A law banning electronic cigarettes will simple redirect those of us who wish to vape back to cigarettes

If it has ho nicotine in it then you cannot ban it as it would no longer be a tobacco product subject to regulation.
And many people use e-cigs with no nicotine.

So as usual, more government regulation will just make things worse.

Electronic cigarettes are being more and more proving safe and effective and actually helping people quit smoking.

Nearly 10% of cigarette smokers have made the switch to this less harmful alternative meaning America will realize 45,000 less annual deaths assuming no more people switched to vaping but vaping is growing as a remarkable rate. This bill will ultimately result in many more fatalities

It has already been proven that smoking cessation products DO NOT WORK.

The basic e-cig contains some nicotine, flavoring, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and water or a little bit of alcohol as a dilutant.

Tobacco Cigarettes in addition the the 50 plus carcinogens we know about are also radioactive says the EPA:

Additionally, regular tobacco cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals including at least 50 carcinogens.

Electronic Cigarettes do use lithium ion batteries, which if not used properly can cause injuries.

The injury to the 57 year old man in Florida referred to in the legislation who had an electronic cigarette was actually stacking unprotected lithium ion batteries against the manufacturers advice and warnings.

These same exact batteries operate our laptops, cell phones, iPods’ and digital cameras and now automobiles.

For General Lithium battery safety and injury info from items such as hearing aids see:

Exploding laptops have actually burned down homes.

The ever-increasing burden of more and more regulation is now crushing this nation and will eventually destroy what was a great dream.

It's time to start deregulation again and let us return to the idea of a free a country. If we cause no harm to others, then let us pursue the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that our ancestors fought and died for and is guaranteed by our constitution. By imposing you righteousness onto others you lead us down the path of tyranny.

Thank you.

Stuart J. Goltzman
9520 222nd Street
Queens Village

Jacob Larson said...

Can I use this great letter to send to congress?

Patrick said...

No not water, but Soda drinks over 16oz has been banned in NY city. It's a shame that anyone would endure the government that New Yorkers have elected for themselves.

Patrick said...

Here is a little something I just Googled

The states in the current budget year are collecting a record $20.3 billion in tobacco-generated revenue, an increase of nine percent from the year before. But they have cut spending on already under-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs by $86.2 million, or 11 percent, according to the report. Tobacco revenues are up because 21 states and the District of Columbia increased cigarette taxes in 2002.

I'm sure you could find more, but The truth is here in this paragraph, and that truth is 20 some odd BILLION $$$$$$$$ is a lot of money that they don't want anything to interrupt that steady flow of revenue. So much money in fact, that they have a hard time not picking through all of that beautiful green money with their corrupt greedy pinky ring wearing politician fingers. To them that is free money and you are a cash crop.

I think that is what is so upsetting about them going after ecigs. They will lie and say the tax revenue from cigarettes will go mainly to cigarette smoking cessation programs to make the tax more palatable to the SHEEPLE. But in truth they will spend that money on whatever pet project, or revenue short fall they have from other pet projects. All the while let you die smoking your way to the grave so they can fund that next THING. Bottom line e cigs cut in to all that free money, they just can't let that happen.