UPDATE 12/5/2012: This ordinance was passed. Members who attended the meeting stated they were not allowed to speak on the subject until after the vote.
Proposed ordinance would "prohibit tobacco use in all indoor and outdoor parks and recreational facilities at all times."
Make it unlawful for any person to use any form of tobacco, including E-cigarettes and smoke-free tobacco, in all areas of county-owned or operated indoor and/or outdoor parks and recreational facilities, including but not limited to restrooms, athletic fields, rivers, parks, walking/hiking trails, agency-owned vehicles, and spectator and concession areas.
If you are in the Newton County area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more ideas on how to help.
Please call, write or fax the members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners below.
What to say:
2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco product has changed your life.
3. Note that the statewide ban on smoking does not include electronic cigarettes in the definition of "smoking," and that a much more deliberative process should take place before the County Board of Commissioners expands the ban to include smoke-free products.
4. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of second-hand smoke, but electronic cigarettes and smoke-free tobacco products have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. Smoke-free tobacco products have never been implicated in any adverse health affects to bystanders. All evidence to date shows that the extremely low health risks associated with electronic cigarettes is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.
The low risks of e-cigarettes 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.
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 in the Newton County area, make sure to point it out by leaving your address and/or phone number.
T.M. (Mort) Ewing (R)
1775 Dixie Road Covington GA 30014
Lanier Sims (d)