UPDATE (6/25/2013): Tonight, the Pico Rivera City Council voted to extend their current ban on the issuance of zoning permits to establishments wishing to sell electronic cigarettes, but only for 45 more days (the City Council originally considered 10 months). According to one person who attended, it was indicated that the Council was likely to remove e-cigarettes from the ban at some point in the next month-and-a-half, but this has not been confirmed.
CASAA will continue to follow this issue. Until the plan is finalized, we ask our members to continue to contact the City Council members and oppose the e-cigarette sales ban.
The below Call to Action is out of date, but still accurately reflects the background behind this ban attempt and the need to contact the members of the City Council.
Pico Rivera, California: City May Treat E-Cigarettes like Drug Paraphernalia, Ban All Sales Within the City
On May 28, 2013, the Pico Rivera City Council adopted an ordinance that placed a 45-day moratorium temporarily prohibiting the issuance of zoning permits to "electronic cigarette retailers, drug paraphernalia retailers and headshops within the city limits." The ordinance itself claims that this action is needed because illegal drugs can be used in some vapor products.
CASAA has learned that the Pico Rivera City Council's staff is planning to request an additional ten month moratorium on the issuance of such permits, with the ultimate goal being to BAN the sales of smoke-free electronic cigarettes within the city of Pico Rivera. This request will be made at their June 25, 2013 hearing (details below).
At the moment, no new Pico Rivera retailer can sell electronic cigarettes. Nonetheless, these same retailers are free to apply for a license to sell cigarettes. Policies like these are contrary to public health, and the Pico Rivera 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 Pico Rivera City Council will holds its next meeting on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the Council Chambers, which is located at 6615 Passons Boulevard in Pico Rivera, CA 90660. There will be an opportunity to make a public comment at the meeting. CASAA is requesting that all of its members in the Pico Rivera, 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 email@example.com with the subject line "Pico Rivera."
Please contact the Pico Rivera City Council, as well as Pico Rivera Community & Economic Development Director Julia Gonzalez, 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 Pico Rivera.