Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Local Alert: Frisco, Texas May Ban Vaping Where Smoking is Banned.

UPDATE 2/17/14:  Frisco City Council will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY, February 18th, 2014 to consider an ordinance to establish regulations regarding the sale, possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors and/or prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

Agenda (See Item 37 of the agenda)

Option 1 Language

Option 2 Language

According to a report from Frisco Enterprise, the Frisco, Texas City Council will meet TONIGHT (Tuesday, January 7th) to discuss the possibility of banning the use of e-cigarettes everywhere in the city that smoking is banned. 

Please take this opportunity to send the members of the Frisco City Council accurate information about e-cigarettes and your story about how the product has improved your life. 
CASAA strongly encourages vapers to attend and ask to speak at the City Council meeting tonight tomorrow (Tuesday, January 7th February 18th, 2014) at George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., in Frisco. The meeting begins at 6:30  5:00 PM.  (The meeting begins at 5:00 P.M. with a closed session.  We're not sure when the public portion of the meeting will begin but will update this Local Alert if more information becomes available.)

Contact the Members of the Frisco City Council below:

Comma delimited e-mail list

Maher Maso (Mayor, City of Frisco)
Phone: 972-292-5050
E-mail: mmaso@friscotexas.gov

Jeff Cheney (Mayor Pro Tem, Place 2)
Phone: 972-292-5052
E-mail: jcheney@friscotexas.gov

John Keating (Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Place 4)
Phone: 972-292-5054
E-mail: JKeating@Friscotexas.gov

Bob Allen (Council Member, Place 1)
Phone: 972-292-5051
E-mail: ballen@friscotexas.gov

Will Sowell (Council Member, Place 3)
Phone: 972-292-5053
E-mail: wsowell@friscotexas.gov

Scott Johnson (Council Member, Place 6)
Phone: 972-292-5056
E-mail: SJohnson@Friscotexas.gov

Tim Nelson (Council Member, Place 5)
Phone: 972-292-5055
E-mail: tnelson@friscotexas.gov

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

1. You are a Frisco or Texas 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 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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