UPDATE (11/17/2013): On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 144 with a bipartisan majority (news story). This came despite senseless opposition from the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society, both of whom pushed for amendments that would tax e-cigarettes the same as cigarettes AND ban usage where smoking is banned.
HB 144 still needs to pass the Ohio Senate to become law. This Call to Action will be updated when the bill is assigned to a committee in the Senate.
LATEST UPDATE (11/20/2013): THIS CALL TO ACTION HAS ENDED.
Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law two tobacco ordinances. CASAA is pleased to announce that the City Council did not move forward with provisions of the original ordinances that would have: enacted a de facto ban on e-cigarette flavors; defined e-cigarettes as "tobacco products"; required a tobacco license to sell e-cigarettes; banned price discounts and coupons for e-cigarettes; require a tobacco license to sell e-cigarettes; and banned the display of all smoke-free alternatives.
In the end, the only portion of the two Bloomberg bills that impacted e-cigarettes was that the age of purchase was moved from 18 to 21.
CASAA would like to thank all the vapers who attended May's hearing, as well as the hundreds or thousands who sent e-mails or made phone calls to the members of the Health Committee.