Sunday, August 4, 2013

Call to Action! Canton, MA Ordinance to BAN E-Cigarette Sales (Hearing August 12th!)

Canton, Massachusetts: Ordinance Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales in the City 

[proposed ordinance] [Board of Health website]

If enacted, this ordinance would:
  • Make Canton, MA the first and only city to prohibit the sale of all modern smoke-free products -- including e-cigarettes, dissolvable tobacco and any other non-pharmaceutical nicotine product -- to adults. The ordinance may also ban the sale of snus.
  • Specifically exempts the most hazardous tobacco products (cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products). The sale of a few smoke-free products would be permitted, but these (chewing tobacco and loose snuff) are not the harm-reduction products that smokers choose to switch to.
  • Raises the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, but still bans these adults from purchasing e-cigarettes and other less hazardous products.
The Canton Board of Health in Canton, Massachusetts is currently considering an ordinance that would forever ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in the city, all while allowing cigarettes to continue to be sold.  The Board of Health will consider the ordinance on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7pm at the Canton Town Hall in the Salah Meeting Room at 801 Washington Street in Canton.

CASAA Director Karen Carey will be in attendance. If you are in the area and could attend and possibly speak, please e-mail CASAA at

Enactment of this ordinance would protect cigarette markets at the expense of smokers' health. Vapers from across the United States are encouraged to tell their story.  Please see below on how to oppose this ordinance.

What to say:

1. Let them know that you strongly oppose banning all sales of electronic cigarettes and other modern tobacco products, but that you would support such a ban on sales to minors.

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 thousands of e-cigarette users in Massachusetts who have benefited from the availability of e-cigarettes.

5. Direct them to the website and research library for more information.

CASAA is urging its members to contact Canton, MA's Director of Public Health (who will distribute your comments to the Board of Health members). Please try to get your testimony in before 4:00 PM Eastern on Friday, August 9th.

John L. Ciccotelli, R.S., C.H.O.  
Public Health Director -- Canton, Massachusetts 
Phone: (781) 821-5021


Benoit Tellier said...

Done; thank you for keeping up with this; I'm glad to help.

Sharon Giesbrecht said...


JD4x4 said...

Perhaps it behoves us to reference the publicly used name "amendments to the Youth Access Tobacco Regulation", and wouldn't it be a good idea to suggest that we don't encourage tobacco use by underage youth?

Joshua Workman said...

Done! Thanks!

Byrdman said...

This is what I sent:

Mr. Ciccotelli,
My name is Byrd Preston. I smoked for 26 years. September 23, 2012 I quit smoking cigarettes thanks to e-cigarettes / vaping. My health has dramatically improved. My breath has dramatically improved, too! Before ecigs, I had tried all the typical ways from the gum, to Zyban (bupropion), trying to quit cold turkey, cutting down on the number, switching to a lighter cigarette etc. Nothing worked long term except for my ecig.

I urge you and the board of health to halt further action regarding this issue for the following reasons:

1. Ecigs / vaping represent a significant harm reduction measure. Allowing the continued sale of tobacco products while banning e-cigs would be sending the wrong message.
2. Allowing the continued sale of smokeless tobacco products (chewing tobacco and snuff), essentially says abandon your lung cancer for oral cancer.
3. There are thousands of e-cig users in your state that have benefited from their availability.

You have my encouragement to move forward with the ban of sale to minors.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take some time and review the materials at and the research library there. There is good solid research internationally and domestically demonstrating the efficacy and relative safety of ecigs.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not deny the good citizens of Canton the opportunity that I had.

Feel to call me if you would like to chat to a real person that ecigs have helped. (Incidentally, I am the vice president of underwriting for a healthcare reinsurer)

Thank you,

Byrdman said...

I received the following reply from Mr. Ciccotelli:

Dear Mr. Preston,

Thank-you for your valuable comments on Canton’s proposed regulation and on the nicotine smokeless devices and e-cigarettes. You make a good point, and the Board of Health will be considering your comments and ones like them prior to voting on this issue. I will ensure the Canton Board of Health receives a copy of your comments before the hearing on the Regulation on August 12th. And congratulation on you quitting smoking.

John Ciccotelli

John L. Ciccotelli, R.S., C.H.O.
Director of Public Health
Canton Health Department
79 Pleasant Street
Canton, Massachusetts 02021
(781) 821-5021

Owen Becker said...

This is a sickening infringement on rights, and totally ridiculous to come after the safest alternative to smoking tobacco!

I am doing everything in our power to stop this, and if anybody who lives in the Canton area would be willing to write a Letter To the Editor in the local papers then that would be great.

Please PM me if you are willing to do this, and hopefully set a precedent in the process to keep their hands off our E-cigs!

Geezer said...

Dr. Siegel wrote of this on his blog at today. Hopefully, he will get further involved with the process since he is in Boston and a big supporter of e cigs.

Corey Stallings said...

Done! Just hope it helps. Still can't believe that there are people out there willing to enact a ban on something that is helping to save countless lives. Sad really.

Michael Eastman said...

I think a lot of people are forgetting that these people can still order anything they want online for a better price than local guaranteed. While i do think this is ridiculous and shouldnt happen, lets not pretend like these people wont have access to a device that saves their lives. The only people who this hurts is the people who are running the local shops. This makes me sick because in my mind i think its great to be paid to save lives and the fact that they are taking away peoples lives (take away their business they lose their financial security) is pathetic and wrong. However im just saying thank god these people can still get ecigs and liquid online otherwise i think i'd literally lose sleep over it i'd be so angry.

Shad Arnott said...

How about stop spamming about your e-book, Steven. Electronic cigarettes are the best thing that has happened to help people stay healthy since penicillin. There are so many smokers in the world that can't quit, IMO they should include an e-cig in the free "quit smoking kits" that they give out at clinics.

Chris P said...

Done: I sent a copy of the comment/testimony I made to the FDA when they asked for our support on a proposal on Sec. 918 of the Tobacco act. Even though I'm not a resident of Canton, MA, I felt obligated to add my voice to your cause.

Chris P.

Joseph Ho said...

Dear John,
My name is Joe and I strongly oppose the ban on electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes have helped me and two other friends quit cigarettes.

There are 4 main ingredients in electronic cigarette liquids all of which are optional.

1. Vegetable Glycerine, purchasable as pure glycerine at CVS. Almost all glycerines purchasable as CVS or Walmart brand is usp grade and made by Humco.

2. Propylene Glycol, Not to be confused with Ethylene Glycol (poisonous) which many uninformed new's reporters have said there are key chemicals similar in antifreeze and electronic cigarettes. This is only true of RV or nontoxic antifreeze as Propylene Glycol as a lower freezing point than water but can still be safely ingested.

One use of propylene glycol is used in beer keg lines to prevent the beer from heating up when there is a long distance between the tap and keg. Bars would cycle chilled propylene glycol through the outside of the lines to keep the beverage fresh. Propylene Glycol is used because it is same in small amounts in the event of a leak.

"Propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is used as an humectant(E1520), solvent, and preservative in food and for tobacco products, as well as being the major ingredient in the liquid used in electronic cigarettes. It is also used in pharmaceutical and personal care products.[4] Propylene glycol is a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable andtopical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam that are insoluble in water, use propylene glycol as a solvent in their clinical, injectable forms.[7]"

3. Food Flavoring/extracts obviously food safe. Many distributors use extracts from places such as Lor-Ann Oils which are also used in cookies and beverages.

4. Nicotine (usually delivered in the propylene glycol). Found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and other tobacco products)
This is usually delivered in increments of 6,12, 18, 24 and 36mg strengths. Most start out at 24mg and wean themselves off down to 6mg or 0mg which is easily available! In my opinion, the effects of 24mg is still significantly lower than that of chewing tobacco and snus.

There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Source: American Lung Association.

Cigarettes are readily available at your local gas station and convenience store and will continue to be.

The device is merely a battery, wick, and a heating coil much like the one found in a hair dryer, toaster, incandescent light bulb, and humidifier.

Please consider that the tobacco industry has an extremely massive presence in our government and it may be in their best interest to ban electronic cigarettes. They most likely have a huge influence in the mainstream information given to the public pertaining electronic cigarettes. I hope you and many other people important to our communities will take the time to research on the real benefits of electronic cigarettes.

Thank you

Meisha1961 said...

Done by me, too. Here's my letter:
Dear Mr Ciccotelli,
I have become aware of the meeting you are having tomorrow regarding e-cigarettes and vapor devices.

This is frightening to me as I see it as an attempt to gain control of the wrong substances.

I have been a smoker for over 35 years. I am from a family of smokers. Of five kids in our family, four smoke and one uses snuff. We all started very early in life, at 15 or 16 years of age. For a number of years we all have made numerous attempts to quit, with no success. We tried drugs prescription medicines, gum, patches, cold turkey, hypnosis, acupuncture and more. All of these provided no success. Since the introduction of smokeless products, three out of five of us have been able to kick the habit! (We sisters are still working on our brothers to get them to quit.)

This is nothing short of a miracle for us. I speak for all of us when I implore you to reconsider removing this successful alternative as an option for smokers trying to quit.

We have lost our father, two grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and cousins from smoking-related illnesses.
We certainly don't want to become another statistic and another grave due to smoking.

The e-cigarette/vape option gives us comfort from the pain of nicotine withdrawal and has allowed us to stay committed to the Quit.

Our lungs feel better, and we are all-around healthier. As an added benefit, our spouses and our families are safe from secondhand toxins.

I question what it is that you hope to achieve by attempting to pass this law to ban these items.

It would seem to me that you are sending the wrong message. It seems as if you are willing to support the large cigarette manufacturers, so there must be no money in supporting the quitting of the habit?

My husband, who has never smoked in his life, is a doctor and he agrees that this is a big mistake. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the medical advisor from the Today Show, even spoke about it recently. She said, although it is not a perfectly safe alternative, it is a far safer option to the 4000+ deadly chemicals afforded to us in regular cigarettes.

We wonder what it is that would cause you to even consider such an idea. Are you afraid that there is not enough known about these e-cigarettes? Certainly there is much more known about the standard cigarette, yet no one makes a move to outlaw these cancer-causing devils.

I definitely stand behind your desire to restrict the sale of cigarettes to those persons over the age of 21. I also feel that cigarette smoking may be a gateway drug, more than any other drug. There have been many efforts to control cigarette smoking, including forbidding them in public places, and within 500 feet of doorways to public buildings. All of these types of efforts do discourage people from wanting to smoke, but even that is not enough.

I welcome the opportunity to explore this with you further, should you find it necessary. Please feel free to reach out to me directly, and I will be happy to share with you further my personal experiences and the benefits that I have found to the vapor and e-cigarettes.

I am sincerely hopeful that you will change your position on this bill. This could be the banning of something that could conceivably save lives. Please don't take away this valuable option and enact ordinances which will ban flavored e-cigarettes and close down vape stores.

Thank you for your time in listening. I hope you understand.

Ben Brown said...

Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank-you for your valuable comments on Canton’s proposed regulation and on the nicotine smokeless devices. I will ensure the Canton Board of Health receives a copy of your comments before the hearing on the Regulation on August 12th. Based on the comments from e-smokers who have used these products to quit, the Board is still open to revising its complete ban. There is expected to be more dialogue during the Board of Health’s deliberations, both pro and con. We do expect a lively discussion at the hearing, though. Good luck with your efforts at stating away from tobacco.

Again, thank-you for your input.

John Ciccotelli

John L. Ciccotelli, R.S., C.H.O.
Director of Public Health
Canton Health Department

Heretic617 said...

Dear Public Health Director Ciccotelli,

Today you will be dealing with an ordinance which includes the banning of electronic cigarette (smokeless nicotine products) banning in your city. I am writing to let you know that I STRONGLY oppose banning sale of such products to ADULTS; however, I WOULD support such a ban on sales to minors.

I am 42 years old and had been smoking cigarettes since I was 16. That is 26 years of cigarette addiction. I had tried MANY times over the years to quit cigarettes, all of which were unsuccessful… and that INCLUDED using such things as Nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, and even medication. This year in March, I tried electronic cigarettes which are battery operated devices that heat up a flavored solution to produce steam or “vapor” that delivers nicotine to the person using the device and simulates the habitual hand-to mouth action of smoking. I have NOT had a traditional cigarette since I started using the e-cig in March of 2013!! I have spread my experience to other cigarette smokers I know, and many of THEM have had the same experience! I want you to know that I can breathe better, smell and taste better, I no longer feel tired and my clothes do not smell of smoke. I am also NOT offending people around me with the odor of smoke and the nicotine content of the vapor, when I exhale it, is almost nil.
Sir, 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. This has been MY experience as well. There are THOUSANDS of e-cigarette users in Massachusetts who have benefited from the availability of e-cigarette products. Banning the sale of these products, while MORE HARMFUL TRADITIONAL cigarettes are sold openly at every corner store and gas station would essentially force people like myself who have chosen a HARM-REDUCING alternative nicotine delivery system to return to cigarette smoking. PLEASE do not do that to me/us.

I know you may be of the mindset that nicotine is nicotine.. however, I encourage you to visit the website and research library for more information. Nicotine IS the addictive part of cigarettes, however, it is not what kills you in cigarettes.

I would definitely not encourage anyone to begin use of e-cigarettes as a “health kick”, however if someone is caught in the grips of cigarette addiction, I would DEFINITELY encourage them to make the switch, as I did, to this far less harmful and offensive alternative. Banning these products would prevent people like me and my friends from being able to choose this far less harmful and offensive way to get off of cigarettes. It is unreasonable to ban e-cigarettes yet continue to openly sell MORE HARMFUL AND OFFENSIVE tobacco cigarettes.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter

behram said...


Cheryl said...


Here is my letter:

Dear Mr. Ciccotelli,

I am a wife and mother of two little boy’s – ages 9 and 11.
I am 44 years old and smoked cigarettes from the time I was 15 years old.
The only time I was successfully able to quit was when I was pregnant with each of my children.
I unfortunately ended up going back to cigarettes after the pregnancies. Old habits die very hard.

Four years ago, my children started complaining about the icky smoke smell in our garage.
That is where I used to smoke cigarettes at night in the winter time.
At this time my boys were only 5 and 7 - it broke my heart to hear them say that and I knew I had to do something.
I decided to give ecigs a try – I wanted to quit – for my boys, for myself, for my life.
It took me a couple of months to find an ecig that worked for me but I finally did.

On my husband’s 40th birthday, I smoked my last cigarette.
That was over 3 years ago.
My health has improved. I don’t get winded climbing a flight of stairs and my house and garage do not stink.

Please, please, please do not take ecigs away. I truly believe they have the potential to save millions of smokers lives when all other alternatives have failed.



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Byrdman said...

Does anyone know what happened at the meeting?

Jose said...

The ban on electronic cigarettes can be found anywhere in some countries. Nowadays, many electronic cigarette is considered as the same as a traditional cigarette. Jose -