Update: On July 20, 2012, sponsor Valerie Schey announced that the proposed 'smoking' ban has been postponed 'indefinitely,' perhaps until February of 2013. http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/Proposed-SB-smoking-ban-postponed-indefinitely--163207386.html
Ordinance No. 24-12: An Ordinance to Establish Clean Air Standards for Workplaces and Public Places Within the City of South Bend, Indiana (http://www.scribd.com/doc/99820687)
Ban smoking in a small number of workplaces in South Bend (mostly bars) not currently covered by Indiana's recently-passed smoke-free air law. However, the ordinance would also ban the use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes (which are not covered by Indiana's law) in thousands of workplaces in South Bend.
1. You would like them to amend the proposed ordinance to remove the prohibition on e-cigarette use, specifically: in Section I, Definitions, item (q) needs to have the text "Smoking also includes the use of an e-cigarette, which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form," deleted.
2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco has changed your life.
3. Note that the statewide ban on smoking recently passed the Indiana legislature did not include electronic cigarettes in the definition of "smoking," and that a much more deliberative process should take place before the common council expands the ban to include a smoke-free product.
4. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of second-hand smoke, but electronic cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with electronic cigarettes is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.
This is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth and Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand and by the fact that the FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor.
5. 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 and unlike cigarette smoke, The vapor is virtually odorless and dissipates quickly. There is also no ash or litter. Because of these facts, it is not difficult for people to differentiate between smoking and use of a smoke-free e-cigarette.
6. 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 very quickly completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%. So even if smokers think they are using electronic cigarettes just for indoor use, the chances are high that they will stop using tobacco cigarettes altogether
7. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.
8. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.
9. If you are from the South Bend area, make sure to point it out by leaving your address and/or phone number.
Henry Davis, Jr.
Dr. Fred Ferlic
Dr. David A. Varner
Oliver J. Davis (Vice-President)
Derek D. Dieter (President)
Karen L. White
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