Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Call to Action! Union City, CA May BAN E-Cigarette Stores (UPDATED 11-25-13)

Union City, California: City May Treat E-Cigarettes like Hookah, Ban All Future Sales Licensing Requirements Will Limit Sales Within the City



UPDATED 11/25/13  

TOMORROW, November 26th, 2013 the City Council in Union City, California is poised to pass an ordinance (see page 44) that would explicitly ban e-cigarette lounges in every district of the city and treat them the same as hookah lounges and medical marijuana dispensaries as well as require licensing for e-cigarettes sales (which will serve as a mechanism to severely limit sales within the city).

The Union City City Council will holds its meeting on the ordinance tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Council Chambers, 34009 Alvarado Niles Road in Union City. There will be an opportunity to make a public comment at the meeting.  CASAA is requesting that all of its members in the Union City, CA area attend and speak in opposition to limiting adult access to e-cigarettes.  If you can attend, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org with the subject line "Union City." 

Policies like these are contrary to public health and the Union CIty City Council needs to hear from YOU to know that there are people out there who have benefited in tremendous ways from the availability of electronic cigarettes. 

Tonight (Tuesday, August 27, 2013) the City Council in Union City, California will consider an ordinance (see page 94) that would place a 45 day moratorium on the issuance of any new zoning permits for stores that wish to allow customers to use electronic cigarettes and hookah products.  For all intents and purposes, enactment of this ordinance would BAN the establishment of an electronic cigarette store within the Union City, while allowing stores that sell cigarettes to continue to open in the city.

Policies like these are contrary to public health and the Union CIty City Council needs to hear from YOU to know that there are people out there who have benefited in tremendous ways from the availability of electronic cigarettes. 

The Union City City Council will holds its meeting on the ordinance tonight, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Council Chambers, 34009 Alvarado Niles Road in Union City. There will be an opportunity to make a public comment at the meeting.  CASAA is requesting that all of its members in the Union City, CA area attend and speak in opposition to cigarettes being made more freely available than e-cigarettes.  If you can attend, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org with the subject line "Union City." 

Please note that even if Union City adopts this ordinance tonight, enactment will only stop e-cigarette stores from opening until mid-October and another vote will have to be taken to continue the moratorium.  Therefore, continued action is needed against this ordinance and there will be other opportunities to speak if you cannot attend tonight. 

Please contact the Union City City Council at the below e-mail addresses / phone numbers. Tell them your story about how electronic cigarettes helped you quit, send them some snippets from CASAA's vast library of scientific literature on e-cigaretes, and urge them to reject any ordinance that would impact the availability of e-cigarettes in Union City. 

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci
ucmayor@unioncity.org
     
Vice Mayor Emily Duncan
emilyd@unioncity.org
     
Councilmember Lorrin Ellis
lellis@unioncity.org
     
Councilmember Pat Gacoscos
pgacoscos@unioncity.org
     
Councilmember Jim Navarro
jimn@unioncity.org
 

Comma delimited e-mail list: ucmayor@unioncity.org, emilyd@unioncity.org, lellis@unioncity.org, pgacoscos@unioncity.org, jimn@unioncity.org

2 comments:

Rick Hageman said...

We need action in Seal Beach, Ca. They just enacted a similar ban just yesterday.

Jesse Harp said...

Are they turning into new york? What a joke, eletronic vapor is 4000 times better for you than analog cigarettes.