Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Local Alert: City of Norwalk, CA (Los Angeles County) May Ban Vaping Where Smoking is Banned

The City of Norwalk, California (Los Angeles County), City Council will meet TONIGHT (Tuesday, January 7th) for a second reading and likely vote on Ordinance 13-1650 which would ban e-cigarette use everywhere in the city where smoking is banned. 

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, and Vice Mayor as well as (ii) attend and ask to speak at the City Council meeting tonight (Tuesday, January 7th) at City Hall Council Chambers, 12700 Norwalk Boulevard, Norwalk, CA  90650. The meeting begins at 6:00 PM. 

Contact the Members of the Norwalk City Council below:

Comma delimited e-mail:  
lvernola@norwalkca.gov, mrodarte@norwalkca.gov, ckelley@norwalkca.gov, mmendez@norwalkca.gov, lshryock@norwalkca.gov

Luigi Vernola, Mayor

Marcel Rodarte, Vice Mayor

Cheri Kelley, Council Member

Michael Mendez, Council Member

Leonard Shryock, Council Member

Address and phone number for all of the above persons:

City of Norwalk
12700 Norwalk Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 929-5305

What to say to the members of the Norwalk City Council: 

1. You are a Norwalk, Norwalk area, or California citizen and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE banning e-cigarette use where smoking is banned.   
2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

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.
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.    
4. Detail how electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke. Additionally, e-cigarette users can decide whether to release any vapor ("discreet vaping").  With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.
5. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users indicate that the majority of those who switch completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by an estimated 98-99%. 

6. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.


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

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