Friday, November 30, 2012

Newton County, GA Call to Action!

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."

LINK: http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/34681/

This ordinance would also:

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.

A vote on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for the next county commission meeting December 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM. If approved the ordinance would go into effect in April 2013.

If you are in the Newton County area, please contact us at board@casaa.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:

1. You would like them to amend any proposed ordinance to remove the prohibition on e-cigarette and smoke-free tobacco use.

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.
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 in the Newton County area, make sure to point it out by leaving your address and/or phone number.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  
Newton County Board of Commissioners
Kathryn (Kathy) G. Morgan (d)
Chairman
1124 Clark Street Covington GA 30014
770-784-2000

Jackie Smith (County Clerk)
1775 Dixie Road Covington GA 30014
770-786-5006


T.M. (Mort) Ewing (R)
District 1
1775 Dixie Road Covington GA 30014
770-786-5006

Lanier Sims (d)
District 2
1124 Clark Street Covington GA 30014
770-787-7876

Nancy Schulz (d)
District 3
1124 Clark Street Covington GA 30014
678-625-1202

J.C. Henderson (d)
District 4
7134 Puckett Street Covington GA 30014
770-866-3621

Tim Fleming (R)
District 5
1124 Clark Street Covington GA 30014
678-625-1202

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Polish survey of e-cigarette users finds 66% no longer smoke

A Polish study, "Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey," was published online in the Drug and Alcohol Review. According to the abstract, the "objective of this study was to investigate patterns and effects of e-cigarette use and user beliefs about e-cigarette safety and benefits."

"The survey was completed by 179 e-cigarette users. Almost all participants used e-cigarettes daily. E-cigarettes were primarily used to quit smoking or to reduce the harm associated with smoking (both 41%), and were successful in helping the surveyed users to achieve these goals with 66% not smoking conventional cigarettes at all and 25% smoking under five cigarettes a day. Most participants (82%) did not think that e-cigarettes were completely safe, but thought that they were less dangerous than conventional cigarettes. Sixty percent believed that e-cigarettes were addictive, but less so than conventional cigarettes."

The same researcher, Maciej Lukasz Goniewicz, also recently published a survey study on Polish youth and young adult use, "Electronic Cigarette Use Among Teenagers and Young Adults in Poland," in the PEDIATRICS journal. Researchers report that about "one-fifth of Polish youth have tried e-cigarettes; most of them had previously smoked cigarettes. It is unclear whether e-cigarettes are just a novelty that young people try only once or whether they have potential to compete in the marketplace with conventional cigarettes." Only 3.2% of those who had never smoked reported trying e-cigarettes.

WHO reported the 2010 Global Adult Tobacco Survey found that the smoking rate for adults 15 years and older in Poland is 28%.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CAADE endorses tobacco harm reduction


Fr. Jack Kearney, Professor of Human Services and Addiction Studies,Cypress College, Loyola Marymount University, announced in an email last week that the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) has formally endorsed tobacco harm reduction (THR) and the use of electronic cigarettes:

To my knowledge this is the first major organization in the addiction treatment world to take such a stand, and I will send this on to other similar groups and ask them for similar support. 
I believe it is a small but important step as this represents support from experts in the addiction profession rather than amateur opinions from groups who take money from the pharmaceutical industry and who seem to be more interested in fighting smoking than helping smokers. 
The specific policy statement and description of CAADE is below.  
(My original motion used the word "smoking" rather than "tobacco", but to get it passed I had to accept a bit of a compromise.) 
The California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) supports efforts by the addiction treatment community to utilize its treatment expertise in developing tobacco cessation tools that include both abstinence-based and harm-reduction models including the use of electronic cigarettes. 
CAADE accredits addiction studies programs in over 40 colleges and universities in California, Arizona and Nevada. It also issues the highest level of addiction counselor certification in California, and currently represents more than 6000 counselors, college faculty members and students.
CASAA President Elaine Keller had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Lori Phelps, Executive Director of CAADE, during a Wednesday night interview on the VPLive Vape Team show. The interview starts at 00:30:00:

North Dakota: Don't forget to vote against Measure 4!

On November 6th, voters in North Dakota will be given the option to vote for or against Measure 4, which is being advertised only as a smoking ban  in all workplaces in the state, as well as outdoors within 20 feet of building entrances. What most voters don't know is that this measure also includes smoke-free electronic cigarettes. CASAA urges our members vote "No" on Measure 4 and to ask their friends, family and co-workers to do the same.

"At one time, [public health and anti-tobacco] groups claimed they were only concerned with protecting the health and safety of bystanders. Now it is clear that the goal is much broader," wrote CASAA President Elaine Keller on the AntiTHRLies blog.  "Their “denormalization of smoking” really means the “demonization of smokers.” And if smokers are demons, it’s OK to punish them, in some of the worst possible ways, even after they have stopped smoking."

"The ballot language itself and the propaganda issued by the anti-smoker groups that initiated the measure contain some blatantly false claims as well as implied false claims," she wrote.

To find out the truth about those claims read the full editorial at North Dakota’s Lies Freeze Out Smokers and Former Smoker.

CASAA will be running awareness announcements on the affiliate radio stations for Clear Channel, Fox Sports,  Radio Fargo and Leighton Broadcasting the day before.

Sign the EU petition


The Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association UK (ECCA-UK) has asked CASAA to help spread the word about a petition to stop the ban of electronic cigarettes in the European Union. CASAA encourages our members to also sign this petition in a show of solidarity with our European counterparts. ECCA-UK assures us that every signature counts, whether or not you reside in the EU. As we know, many policies of other countries are used as supporting evidence to ban use in our country.

According to the petition site:
[The] European Union is poised to ban electronic cigarettes, forcing smokers to be able to use only the most hazardous possible nicotine-containing products...cigarettes This ban would maximize disease and death in Europe...

The petition can be found at: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_ban_on_electronic_smoking/?cSuItdb

Please sign it and then share the link with your friends on social media such as your Facebook groups and page, Twitter, Google+ and vaping forums and groups. Vapers around the world have stuck together and made huge progress - let's keep it going!