Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FDA's partial truths and exaggerations endanger health

Electronic cigarettes banned in Argentina
Electronic cigarettes banned in Argentina
The plastic cigarettes function as mini aerosols, releasing artificial smoke with or without nicotine
by Elaine Keller
President
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a press conference in July, 2009 to announce the results of their testing of 18 samples from two brands of electronic cigarettes, several countries responded by banning sales of the devices. For example, Uruguay, Colombia, Panama, and Argentina are countries that ban sales altogether, while Canada and Australia do not ban sales of hardware, but do ban sales of liquid containing nicotine.
The FDA press release announced that cartridges "contain carcinogens, including nitrosamines, and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol." Apparently the goal was to make the audience believe that e-cigarettes are quite likely to cause cancer and might even poison users. The trick worked.
The "trick" involved saying nothing that was untrue, but leaving out just enough facts to make the audience draw an incorrect conclusion. Yes, there were "carcinogens", detected, but "including nitrosamines" is a red herring, because the ONLY potential carcinogens detected were Tobacco-specific Nitrosamines (TSNAs). The wording selected by the FDA made it appear as if several different types of carcinogens were detected. Even more important is the fact that the FDA neglected to mention the quantity of TSNAs measured.
We know from testing conducted by other researchers that there are 8 nanograms in 1 gram of liquid that contains 1.6% nicotine. A 4 mg. nicotine patch also contains 8 nanograms. There are no cancer warnings on nicotine patch containers because 8 nanograms is such a miniscule quantity that it has never been shown to cause cancer. In contrast, a pack of full-flavor cigarettes can contain 126,000 nanograms of TSNAs.
So, ironically, the governments that responded by banning e-cigarette sales "protected" their smoking citizens from exposure to 8 ng of TSNAs while they continued to expose themselves to hundreds of thousands of ng of TSNAs, plus many more types of carcinogens, in cigarette smoke!
The press release mentioned "toxic chemicals" [plural] implying that several different types of such chemicals were found. Yet the report cites only one toxin. And this chemical was found in a non-toxic concentration of 1% in one cartridge. The cartridges being tested hold at most 0.5 g of liquid. If users drank the liquid from the cartridges, an average weight adult would need to drink the contents of several thousand cartridges that contained diethylene glycol in a single day to be exposed to a fatal dose.
But users don't drink the liquid. They vaporize the liquid and inhale the vapor. What did the FDA find in the vapor? "Nicotine was detected in both products for all cartridges containing low, medium and high levels of nicotine but was not observed in cartridges identified as containing no nicotine. Screening for the possible tobacco specific impurities cotinine, nicotine-N-oxide, nornicotine, anabasine and myosmine was negative. β-Nicotyrine was detected in all Njoy cartridges but was not detected in the Smoking Everywhere cartridges." http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ScienceResearch/UCM173250.pdf
The report does not mention finding any TSNAs at all in the vapor. β-Nicotyrine is neither toxic nor carcinogenic.
Here is the bottom line: Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes are exposed to nicotine if they use cartridges that contain nicotine. Health New Zealand found that cartridges with 1.6% nicotine deliver from 1/10 to 1/3 the amount of nicotine per puff that a puff of smoke delivers. Smokers who continue lighting up tobacco cigarettes are exposed to nicotine, plus tar, particulates, poisonous gasses, plus thousands of chemicals created by the process of combustion. Hundreds of these chemicals are toxic and dozens are carcinogenic.
If someone you loved was a smoker who is unable to quit, would you prefer that they switch to an e-cigarette or that they continue inhaling smoke?
True, there has not been enough testing to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that e-cigarettes don't present any new types of health risks, And the only quality control measures in place are the voluntary measures put in place by manufacturers.
How long will it take before there is a government stamp of approval on an e-cigarette?
I didn't have time to wait around. I was being kept awake at night by loud wheezing. I had a productive morning cough. I couldn't enjoy a good laugh because by the third "ha" I was going into an embarrassing coughing jag. Maybe the next cigarette I lit would be the one that started a tumor growing in my throat or in my lungs.
On March 27, 2009, I switched. The nightime wheezing has disappeared along with the productive morning cough, and I can enjoy a good hearty laugh, without being interrupted by a coughing jag.
I pity the citizens of the countries where e-cigarettes have been banned. How many smokers kept inhaling smoke who might have been able to switch to vapor? How many of those continuing smokers have developed cancer, COPD, or had a heart attack or stroke, thanks to their government being fooled by the FDA's partial truths and exaggerations?

Friday, March 23, 2012

CASAA Member Meeting this Sunday


The CASAA GoToWebinar Meetings are scheduled to be held on the following dates:

Mar 25, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Apr 8, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Register Now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/204379094

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

System Requirements
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Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

E-cigarettes are here to stay


Until recently, e-cigs have been sold through traditional tobacco stores that normally expect a keystone or 100% markup on items other than cigarettes. Though it is hard to determine the number of e-cig users in the U.S., the National Vapers Club estimated that about a million people used e-cigs last year, so it certainly is a growing segment, and the product offers c-stores an excellent alternative to cigarettes with lower taxes and much higher margins.
“In 2010 there were 750,000 units sold and that jumped to 2.5 million sold in 2011, and the market is expected to quadruple by end of 2013 to early to mid of 2014,” said Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.
Close to 20 million cartridges are sold in the U.S. on a weekly basis and about 10 million disposables weekly, Kiklas said.
Both disposable and rechargeable packages have distinct markets. Disposables tend to sell best in gas stations and convenience stores where people come in and out quickly, while rechargeables are selling strongly in tobacco stores where customers have time to learn about the technology.
“There is still some skepticism on the part of the consumer and the retailer based on whether or not the FDA will get involved to a greater degree,” said Stephen Monaco, director of purchasing for Tedeschi Food Shops in Rockland, Mass. [Read more...]

FDA panel: Dissolvable tobacco could reduce risks


By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
BUSINESSWEEK


- Richmond, VA.

A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce health risks compared with smoking cigarettes but also have the potential to increase the overall number of tobacco users.

Dissolvable tobacco is finely milled tobacco pressed into shapes like tablets that slowly dissolve in a user's mouth. It is gaining the attention of tobacco companies looking to make up for a decline in cigarette use as smokers face tax hikes, growing health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma. [Read more...]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kentucky Researcher Urges "Third Way" for Nation's Smokers



Brad Rodu says it's time for the public health community to re-think how it looks at the smoking debate in this country.  Rodu is head of the Tobacco Harm Reduction effort at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He says for too long the smoking issue has come down to an all-or-nothing wager: smokers are told they either have to give up cigarettes, or keep smoking and die.
Dr. Rodu says smokers can get their nicotine fix without the disease-causing agents found in cigarettes. He says e-cigarettes are one viable option. This is the complete, unedited interview between Dr. Rodu and WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis. [Listen to Interview]

Sunday, March 18, 2012

CASAA member encourages members to participate in World Vaping Day

A great message from a CASAA member (known as "Keyzygirl") about World Vaping Day!

I’ve been thinking about World Vaping Day. What an amazing event. Just a few short years ago nobody knew what vaping was. I remember vaping at my kid’s soccer games and people would look at me like I was smoking drugs or something. Now people come up and say “Is that one of those electronic cigarettes?” Times are changing. We have to stay on top of it so that the changes are good! Keep informed and try to help. CASAA is a great way to stay informed. They have an amazing group of people who volunteer their time to keep us informed and to keep vaping from being banned. They are always looking for people to help.

World Vaping Day is next Thursday,March 22nd. If you have a vape group or even a few friends who vape put a meet together or go have a coffee or a beer and vape and get in on it.... [Read More]

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vermont Call to Action! (Ended)

AN ACT RELATING TO CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS
Link to H 747

This bill would have:
Banned the purchase, sales and delivery of e-cigarettes via the internet, phone and mail order, with penalties for each violation of up to 5 years imprisonment, a $5,000 criminal fine and a $5,000 civil fine.


*UPDATE*On Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, the Vermont Human Services Committee announced that they would be removing the section of H. 747 that would have banned sales of e-cigarettes through the internet, phone, and mail order.  Legislators no longer need to be contacted about this proposal.  CASAA thanks its members who took action to stop this bill! 

[Read more]

Saturday, March 10, 2012

CASAA Member Meetings


The CASAA GoToWebinar Meetings are scheduled to be held on the following dates:
Mar 11, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Mar 25, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Apr 8, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Register Now at:
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Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

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Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Friday, March 9, 2012

CASAA welcomes Julie Woessner as Director

Those of you who have been with CASAA for a while or even a part of the e-cigarette community will know (and love and respect) Julie!

Yeah, we know what you are all thinking, because we were thinking it, too - "It's about time!"

CASAA is thrilled to have Julie officially aboard and is looking forward to the benefits of her knowledge, insight and guidance.

Welcome to the board of directors, Julie! (We'll unlock the door and let you out eventually!)

CASAA unveils new web site

In an effort to better serve the community, CASAA has reorganized our web site, casaa.org. If you log on now, you will find that it is much easier to find documents, news, videos and more.

We are still in the process of "unpacking" after our move, so you may find some broken links or empty pages yet, but we hope that you will immediately enjoy the new format and new look!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maryland Call to Action (Ended)


Maryland Tobacco Tax Initiative

Link to SB631
Link to HB1153

These bills would:
Cause smokeless tobacco products to be taxed at 5-6 times the current tax (the Senate bill would increase tax to 70%, the House bill would tax it at 95%.)


Companion bills have been introduced to both the Senate (SB631) and the House of Representatives (HB1153).  The Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and the House bill to the House Ways and Means Committee and House Health and Government Operations Committee.  The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing on SB631 on Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00pm; the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on HB1153 on Friday, March 9th at 1:00pm.  Public testimony will be allowed from attendees wishing to speak. We strongly encourage local tobacco harm reduction advocates to attend these meetings. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us atboard@casaa.org.

Please call, write or fax the members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee below.
(When writing to the Senate refer to SB2819, with the House refer to HB2557.)

1. Let them know that you oppose a tax increase on smokeless tobacco products.

2. Tell your story on how switching from cigarettes to a far less hazardous smoke-free tobacco product has changed your life.

3. Explain that the purpose of increasing cigarette tax rates was to reimburse state expenditures for treating the many diseases caused by cigarette smoking.  Because smokeless tobacco products have been found to be around 99% less harmful than cigarettes, there is no justification for such an outrageously excessive tax, which would discourage smokers from switching to a less harmful alternative.

4. Because smokeless tobacco products are taxed at a much lower rate in neighboring states, many or most smokeless tobacco users in MD will travel a short distance to a neighboring state to buy tobacco, which will result in very little tax revenue increase for Maryland.  Adjacent states include:  PA (no smokeless tax), WV (7% of wholesale price), VA (10% of manufacturer's price) and DE (15% of wholesale price).

5.  Sharply increasing the smokeless tobacco tax rate also will encourage former smokers who had switched to using smokeless tobacco products to return to smoking.

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

Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (B&T) - SB631

Comma delimited email list: 
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us, Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us, David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us, Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us, Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us, Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us, Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us, James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us, Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us, George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us, James.Robey@senate.state.md.us, Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us

Semicolon delimited list: 
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us; Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us; David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us; Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us; Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us; Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us; Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us; James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us; Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us; George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us; James.Robey@senate.state.md.us; Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us

3 West, Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410-841-3690 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3690 Washington, D.C.)

Chair: Edward J. Kasemeyer
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us
3 West Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3653 or 301-858-3653

Vice Chair: Nathaniel J. McFadden
Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us
422 Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3165

David R. Brinkley
David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us
420 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3704 or 410-841-3704

Nancy J. King
Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us
222 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3686

Richard F. Colburn
Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us
315 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3590

Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.
Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us
203 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3137

Ulysses Currie
Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us
201 James Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3127

Roger P. Manno
Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us
3 West Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3151

James E. DeGrange, Sr.
James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us
101 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3593 or 301-858-3593

Douglas J. J. Peters
Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us
121 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3631

George C. Edwards
George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us
322 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3565

James N. Robey
James.Robey@senate.state.md.us
120 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3572 or 410-841-3572

Verna L. Jones-Rodwell
Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us
420 Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3612

House Ways and Means Committee (W&M) - HB1153

Room 131, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1912
(410-841-3469 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3469 Washington, D.C.)

Comma delimited list: 
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us, Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us, Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us, Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us, Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us, Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us, Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us, Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us, Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us, LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us, Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us, Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us, Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us, Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us, Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us, Ron.George@house.state.md.us, Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us, Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us, Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us, Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us, Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us, Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us

Semicolon delimited list: 
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us; Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us; Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us; Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us; Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us; Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us; Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us; Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us; Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us; LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us; Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us; Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us; Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us; Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us; Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us; Ron.George@house.state.md.us; Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us; Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us; Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us; Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us; Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us; Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us

Chair: Sheila E. Hixson
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us
131 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3469

Vice Chair: Samuel I. Rosenberg
Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us
131 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3297

Kathryn L. Afzali
Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us
319 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3800

Anne R. Kaiser
Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3036

Kumar P. Barve
Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us
361 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3464

Eric G. Luedtke
Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us
222 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3110 or 301-858-3110

Joseph C. Boteler III
Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us
326 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3365

Aruna Miller
Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us
225 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3090

Talmadge Branch
Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3398

LeRoy E. Myers, Jr.
LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us
215 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3321

Jon S. Cardin
Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us
304 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3833

Justin D. Ross
Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3652

Mark N. Fisher
Mark.Fisher@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3652

Andrew A. Serafini
Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us
215 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3447

C. William Frick
Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us
219 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3454

Melvin L. Stukes
Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us
412 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3544

Ron George
Ron.George@house.state.md.us
163 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3439 or 301-858-3439

Michael Summers
Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us
203 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3340

Glen Glass
Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us
325 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3257

Frank S. Turner
Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us
206 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3246 or 401-841-3246

Carolyn J. B. Howard
Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us
301 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3919

Jay Walker
Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us
204 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3581

Jolene Ivey
Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us
207 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3478
 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Is drunk driving safer than smoke-free tobacco?


"There is no safe form of driving. Driving sober is not a safe alternative to driving drunk."

Imagine if that was the message being given to the public in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities. Imagine that the government required car manufacturers to place signs in their cars stating that "driving this vehicle while sober is not a safe alternative to driving while intoxicated." Imagine the public outrage that would occur if those tasked with protecting the public were to make that sort of statement or make such requirements! It would technically be the truth, but would anyone seriously view that as a responsible and effective message?

One sign tells the truth responsibly. 
The other - not so much.
There really is no safe way to drive - if you are talking about being 100% safe. Every time one gets behind the wheel of a car, or even rides in a car, there are all types of risks involved. The roads may be slippery, another driver may be texting, someone else may be drunk, an inattentive driver may run a red light - any number of things could happen. There is just no way to make driving 100% safe.

Fortunately, society has recognized that there are ways to reduce those risks and increase the odds that drivers will reach their destination safely. There are traffic lights, lane dividers, speed restrictions and laws against drunk or distracted driving to decrease the odds of an accident and seat belts, air bags and other devices to decrease the risks of death should an accident occur.

So, while we know that there is no 100% safe way to drive, we certainly wouldn't allow public officials to send the message that people may as well drive drunk - that would be irresponsible and counter-productive to the goal of reducing driving fatalities. It is clear to everyone that while driving sober still has some low risks, driving drunk is far more dangerous.

Yet, the government and public health officials routinely tell people that "there is no safe form of tobacco" and that "smoke-free tobacco products are not a safe alternative to smoking," even though research shows unequivocally that smoke-free tobacco use is far less risky....

[Read More...]

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Utah Call to Action (Ended)

A bill has been passed by the Utah State Legislature which adds the use of
electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking in the Utah Clean Indoor Air Act.
It has passed the full House and full Senate, and has gone to the Governor of
Utah to be signed into law.
Please call, write, or fax Governor Herbert.

Governor Gary Herbert

Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220
Phone: 801-538-1000Toll Free: 800-705-2464
Fax: 801-538-1528
Email: Contact form
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-R-Herbert/211722425515547
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/UtahGov
What to say:
1. Ask him to VETO HB 245, and send it back to the legislature to be amended to
remove smoke-free electronic cigarettes.

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

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

Mississippi Call to Action (Ended)


Mississippi Call to Action 
Saturday, February 25, 2012 

MISSISSIPPI SMOKE-FREE AIR ACT OF 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 CASAA.org 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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smims@house.ms.gov; tbarker@house.ms.gov; baldridge@house.ms.gov; cbrown@house.ms.gov; kcampbell@house.ms.gov; bclark@house.ms.gov; mcoleman@house.ms.gov; ccrawford@house.ms.gov; bcurrie@house.ms.gov; ddebar@house.ms.gov; jevans@house.ms.gov; gflaggs@house.ms.gov; efhamilton@house.ms.gov; jhines@house.ms.gov; jhood@house.ms.gov; khoran@house.ms.gov; bhowell@house.ms.gov; hlott@house.ms.gov; bmayo@house.ms.gov; kmcgee@house.ms.gov; tmiles@house.ms.gov; bmoak@house.ms.gov; jread@house.ms.gov; rrushing@house.ms.gov; bshows@house.ms.gov; jsmith@house.ms.gov; jupshaw@house.ms.gov; pwatson@house.ms.gov; lwhittington@house.ms.gov

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smims@house.ms.gov, tbarker@house.ms.gov, baldridge@house.ms.gov, cbrown@house.ms.gov, kcampbell@house.ms.gov, bclark@house.ms.gov, mcoleman@house.ms.gov, ccrawford@house.ms.gov, bcurrie@house.ms.gov, ddebar@house.ms.gov, jevans@house.ms.gov, gflaggs@house.ms.gov, efhamilton@house.ms.gov, jhines@house.ms.gov, jhood@house.ms.gov, khoran@house.ms.gov, bhowell@house.ms.gov, hlott@house.ms.gov, bmayo@house.ms.gov, kmcgee@house.ms.gov, tmiles@house.ms.gov, bmoak@house.ms.gov, jread@house.ms.gov, rrushing@house.ms.gov, bshows@house.ms.gov, jsmith@house.ms.gov, jupshaw@house.ms.gov, pwatson@house.ms.gov, lwhittington@house.ms.gov
Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee email lists:
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dkirby@senate.ms.gov; hbryan@senate.ms.gov; dblount@senate.ms.gov; tburton@senate.ms.gov; ncollins@senate.ms.gov; mflowers@senate.ms.gov; hfrazier@senate.ms.gov; aharden@senate.ms.gov; jharkins@senate.ms.gov; bhopson@senate.ms.gov; gjackson@senate.ms.gov; kjones@senate.ms.gov; rparks@senate.ms.gov; wsimmons@senate.ms.gov; tsmith@senate.ms.gov; msojourner@senate.ms.gov; gtollison@senate.ms.gov; bturner@senate.ms.gov; bwiggins@senate.ms.gov

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dkirby@senate.ms.gov, hbryan@senate.ms.gov, dblount@senate.ms.gov, tburton@senate.ms.gov, ncollins@senate.ms.gov, mflowers@senate.ms.gov, hfrazier@senate.ms.gov, aharden@senate.ms.gov, jharkins@senate.ms.gov, bhopson@senate.ms.gov, gjackson@senate.ms.gov, kjones@senate.ms.gov, rparks@senate.ms.gov, wsimmons@senate.ms.gov, tsmith@senate.ms.gov, msojourner@senate.ms.gov, gtollison@senate.ms.gov, bturner@senate.ms.gov, bwiggins@senate.ms.gov

House Public Health and Human Services Committee

Sam C. Mims, V (R) Chair
(601)359-2430
(601)684-0281 (H)
smims@house.ms.gov

Toby Barker (R) Vice-Chair
(601)359-2436
(601)307-3802 (H)
tbarker@house.ms.gov

Brian Aldridge (R)
(601)359-3373
(662)842-0401 (H)
(662)841-5833 (W)
baldridge@house.ms.gov

Cecil Brown (D)
(601)359-3330
(601)362-8383 (H)
(601)982-4123 (W)
cbrown@house.ms.gov

Kimberly Campbell Buck (D)
(601)359-2418
(601)982-4277 (H)
(601)956-5771 (W)
kcampbell@house.ms.gov

Bryant W. Clark (D)
(601)359-4083
(662)834-4074 (H)
(662)834-6133 (W)
bclark@house.ms.gov

Mary H. Coleman (D)
(601)359-3336
(601)982-0496 (H)
(601)362-8105 (W)
mcoleman@house.ms.gov

Carolyn Crawford (R)
(228)452-5029 (H)
ccrawford@house.ms.gov

Becky Currie (R)
(601)833-5953 (H)
bcurrie@house.ms.gov

Dennis DeBar (R)
(601)394-4400 (W)
ddebar@house.ms.gov

James Evans (D)
(601)359-3349
(601)353-7464 (H)
(601)948-0517 (W)
jevans@house.ms.gov

George Flaggs, Jr. (D)
(601)359-3328
(601)630-8004 (W)
gflaggs@house.ms.gov

Eugene Forrest Hamilton (R)
(601)359-2461
(662)895-5765 (H)
(662)893-7400 (W)
efhamilton@house.ms.gov

John W. Hines, Sr. (D)
(601)359-4075
(662)335-9704 (H)
(662)334-9444 (W)
jhines@house.ms.gov

Joey Hood (R)
(662)547-9818 (H)
(662)285-4663 (W)
jhood@house.ms.gov

Kevin Horan (D)
(662)226-1817 (H)
(662)226-2185 (W)
khoran@house.ms.gov

Bobby B. Howell (R)
(662)262-7171 (H)
(662)262-4220 (W)
bhowell@house.ms.gov

Hank Lott (R)
(601)758-4265 (H)
(601)758-0800 (W)
(601)606-0800 (C)
hlott@house.ms.gov

Brad Mayo (R)
(601)359-2431
bmayo@house.ms.gov

Kevin McGee (R)
(601)829-9701 (H)
(601)939-4910 (W)
kmcgee@house.ms.gov

Tom Miles (D)
(601)732-9511 (H)
(601)469-7886 (W)
tmiles@house.ms.gov

Bobby Moak (D)
(601)359-2860
(800)595-6244 (W)
bmoak@house.ms.gov
bmoak@locnet.net

John Read (R)
(601)359-3338
(228)497-9852 (H)
(228)497-4090 (W)
jread@house.ms.gov

Randy Rushing (R)
(601)635-2044 (H)
(601)917-9504 (C)
rrushing@house.ms.gov

Bobby Shows (R)
(601)359-3338
(601)477-9225 (H)
bshows@house.ms.gov

Jeffrey C. Smith (R)
(662)327-0407 (H)
(662)328-2711 (W)
(662)328-0745 (F)
jsmith@house.ms.gov

Jessica Upshaw (R)
(601)359-4084
(228)255-6619 (H)
(228)867-6005 (W)
jupshaw@house.ms.gov

Percy W. Watson (D)
(601)359-3343
(601)544-6490 (H)
(601)545-1051 (W)
pwatson@house.ms.gov

Linda Whittington (D)
(601)359-2845
(662)658-1241 (H)
(662)455-2864 (W)
lwhittington@house.ms.gov

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee

Dean Kirby (R) Chair
(601)359-3234
(601)932-1966 (H)
(601)939-5968 (W)
dkirby@senate.ms.gov

Hob Bryan (D) Vice Chair
(601)359-3237
(662)256-9989 (H)
(662)256-9601 (W)
hbryan@senate.ms.gov

David Blount (D)
(601)359-3232
dblount@senate.ms.gov

Terry C. Burton (R)
(601)359-3234
(601)683-7050 (H)
(601)683-6695 (W)
tburton@senate.ms.gov

Nancy Adams Collins (R)
(601)359-3226
ncollins@senate.ms.gov

Merle Flowers (R)
(601)359-3221
(662)349-3983 (W)
(662)349-3985 (F)
mflowers@senate.ms.gov

Hillman Terome Frazier (D)
(601)359-3246
(601)982-1871 (H)
(601)359-5957 (F)
hfrazier@senate.ms.gov

Alice Harden (D)
(601)359-3232
aharden@senate.ms.gov

Josh Harkins (R)
(601)209-8448 (C)
jharkins@senate.ms.gov

W. Briggs Hopson III (R)
(601)359-3237
bhopson@senate.ms.gov

Gary Jackson (R)
(601)359-3221
(662)547-6684 (H)
gjackson@senate.ms.gov

Kenneth Wayne Jones (D)
(601)359-3232
(601)859-3438 (H)
(601)859-8844 (W)
kjones@senate.ms.gov

Rita Potts Parks (R)
(601)359-3252
(662)287-6323 (H)
(662)415-4793 (C)
rparks@senate.ms.gov

Willie Simmons (D)
(601)359-3237
(662)846-7434 (W)
(662)846-7011 (F)
wsimmons@senate.ms.gov

Tony Smith (R)
(601)359-3252
(601)749-4144 (W)
(601)569-0691 (C)
tsmith@senate.ms.gov

Melanie Sojourner (R)
(601)359-3250
(601)442-9664 (H)
(601)334-6729 (C)
msojourner@senate.ms.gov

Gray Tollison (R)
(601)359-3425
(662)234-7070 (W)
gtollison@senate.ms.gov

Bennie L. Turner (D)
(601)359-3237
(662)494-5061 (H)
(662)494-6611 (W)
bturner@senate.ms.gov

Brice Wiggins (R)
(228)696-9545 (H)
(228)324-3232 (W)
(601)510-9378 (F)
bwiggins@senate.ms.gov