Bill 20-233, which the authors have preposterously named the "Electronic Cigarette Parity Amendment Act of 2013," would ban e-cigarette use everywhere smoking is banned, including in outdoor areas. A hearing will be held on Bill 20-233 before the Committee on Health at 11 AM on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Room 412 of the D.C. Council building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.).
If you may be able to attend this important hearing, please respond to this e-mail.
Regardless of whether you can attend, please reach out to the Council members and encourage them to vote NO on Bill 20-233. Please see below for details.
Urge Opposition to the Washington D.C. E-Cigarette Usage Ban
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3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-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, Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand, Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University, 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.