Monday, January 13, 2014

Local Alert: City of Hayward, California, May Issue Moratorium on E-Cigarette Stores and Lounges.

The City Council of Hayward, California will meet TUESDAY (January 14th, 2014) at 7:00 p.m. to consider an urgency ordinance which would impose a temporary moratorium on various e-cigarette businesses in the city. 

Report and Text of ordinance (starting at p. 42)


Please take this opportunity to send the members of the City Council accurate information about e-cigarettes and your story about how the product has improved your life. 
 
CASAA strongly encourages vapers to (i) call and email
City Council members, the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore, and the Director of Development Services as well as (ii) attend and ask to speak at the City Council meeting Tuesday (January 14th, 2014) at 7 PM at the Council Chambers (2nd floor) 777 B Street, Hayward, CA  94541.

Contact the Members of the City Council, Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore, and the Director of Development Services (below):

Comma delimited e-mail list:  michael.sweeney@hayward-ca.gov, mark.salinas@hayward-ca.gov, marvin.peixoto@hayward-ca.gov, barbara.halliday@hayward-ca.gov, francisco.zermeño@hayward-ca.gov, greg.jones@hayward-ca.gov, al.mendall@hayward-ca.gov, david.rizk@hayward-ca.gov

Michael Sweeney , Mayor 
Michael.Sweeney@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4340

Mark Salinas, Mayor Pro Tempore
Mark.Salinas@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4357

Marvin Peixoto, Council Member
Marvin.Peixoto@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4356

Barbara Halliday, Council Member
Barbara.Halliday@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4358

Francisco Zermeño, Council Member
Francisco.Zermeño@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4352

Greg Jones, Council Member
Greg.Jones@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4355

Al Mendall, Council Member
Al.Mendall@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4353

David Rizk, Director Development Services
david.rizk@hayward-ca.gov
(510) 583-4004

Fax Number for the above persons:  (510) 583-3601
City Council e-mail list:  List-Mayor-Council@hayward-ca.gov

What to say to the members of the City Council: 

1.  You are a Hayward, Hayward area, or California citizen and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE any action the City Council might take that would limit adult access to these life-saving products.
  
2.  Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

3.  Explain that a moratorium on e-cigarette shops and lounges would work a substantial hardship on consumers.  E-cigarette shops and lounges are more than simply stores. They provide an important resource for smokers looking to dramatically reduce their health risks by switching to e-cigarettes, a product that poses an estimated 99% less risk than smoking.   These stores offer knowledgeable employees and diverse products to allow adult smokers to make a successful transition from smoking to e-cigarette use.

4.  A moratorium would limit Hayward residents' local access to e-cigarettes other than mass-produced products sold in convenience stores and gas stations, products which are generally of a lower quality and satisfaction level than those offered by e-cigarette shops and lounges.  (Lower quality and satisfaction mean less chance of successfully making the switch from smoking to e-cigarette use.)

5.   California law prohibits sales of e-cigarettes to minors. Rather than limiting adult access to e-cigarettes by imposing a moratorium on e-cigarette shops and lounges, existing laws should be enforced to keep these products from minors.

6.  Given the low risk of e-cigarette use, there is no need to impose an "urgency ordinance" which bypasses normal rules regarding public notice and comment.  

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 2009 FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor.
   
comprehensive review by a Drexel University professor based on over 9,000 observations of e-cigarette liquid and vapor found "no apparent concern" for bystanders exposed to e-cigarette vapor, even under "worst case" assumptions about exposure.    
  
7. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

8. Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Someone should read the EBCITIZEN, FOR REAL INFORMATION.