Friday, January 10, 2014

URGENT CTA Chicago E-Cigarette Usage Ban 1-13-14

URGENT Call to Action! Chicago E-Cigarette 

Usage Ban -- 

 (Hearing in Committee Possible Monday, January 13, 2014!)
Possible City Council Vote Wednesday, January 15, 2014



UPDATE 1/13/14:  The ordinance passed Committee with a vote of 15 in favor, 5 opposed.  The next step is a vote of the full City Council, expected to occur at the next City Council meeting WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014.   The Call to Action is still active, and we ask that members continue to call and email aldermen.

City Council meets at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall (121 N LaSalle St. in Chicago).

It has been reported that an ordinance regulating e-cigarettes in the City of Chicago will be introduced in a joint committee on MONDAY, January 13th, 2014.  

We are still trying to confirm details, but it appears that the City of Chicago is once again deliberately failing to provide advance notice in an effort to eliminate opposition to the ordinance.  (See December 2013 CTA where they tried the same thing last month and see this article where opposition from vapers defeated the measure.)



While we do not yet have any details of the proposed ordinance, we have information that an e-cigarette ordinance has been added to the agenda for the Monday, January 13th, 2014 meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance and Committee on Health and Environmental Protection.   The Joint Committee will meet in the City Council Chamber at 11:30 AM at City Hall (121 N LaSalle St. in Chicago) .

We urge all vapers to attend and testify!

We have not been able to confirm details, but our understanding is it is likely that the proposed legislation will:

·  Require E-cigarettes be sold behind the counter
        
·  Ban sales to minors

· Prohibit distribution of product samples

· Subject e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act (prohibit vaping wherever smoking is not permitted)

· Prohibit sales in any building within 100 ft of a school/day care/or for the education or recreation of children under 18

It is imperative that Chicago area vapers reach out to their aldermen--

1. You would like them to OPPOSE the proposed ordinance which would ban smoke-free e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited.  

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 conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn 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.  This study has been published by  BMC Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Additionally, a study by the Roswell Park Center that was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the levels of chemicals and toxicants in the vapor produced by 12 different e-cigarettes and noted that the trace levels of chemicals present were comparable to what is found in a FDA-approved nicotine inhaler. 

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.

While e-mails are easier, phone calls will have a larger impact, even if you are simply leaving a message after hours. 



Alderman
Dist. Phone
Email
John Arena
773-286-4545
ward45@cityofchicago.org
Carrie Austin
773-928-6961
ward34@cityofchicago.org
James Balcer
773-254-6677
james.balcer@cityofchicago.org
Anthony Beale
773-785-1100
ward09@cityofchicago.org
Howard Brookins, Jr.
773-881-9300
ward21@cityofchicago.org
Edward Burke
773-471-1414
eburke@cityofchicago.org
Walter Burnett, Jr.
312-432-1995
wburnett@cityofchicago.org
William Burns
773-536-8103
ward04@cityofchicago.org
James Cappleman
312-725-8683
ward46@cityofchicago.org
George  Cardenas
773-523-8250
ward12@cityofchicago.org
Michael Chandler
773-533-2400
ward24@cityofchicago.org
Willie Cochran
773-955-5610
ward20@cityofchicago.org
Rey Colon
773-365-3535
ward35@cityofchicago.org
Timothy  M. Cullerton
773-545-3838
ward38@cityofchicago.org
Pat Dowell
773-373-9273
ward03@cityofchicago.org
Jason Ervin
773-533-0900
ward28@cityofchicago.org
Robert Fioretti
312-263-9273
ward02@cityofchicago.org
Toni Foulkes
773-863-0220
toni.foulkes@cityofchicago.org
Deborah  Graham
773-261-4646
ward29@cityofchicago.org
Leslie A. Hairston
773-324-5555
lhairston@cityofchicago.org
Michelle A. Harris
773-874-3300
ward08@cityofchicago.org
Natashia Holmes
773-731-7777
ward07@cityofchicago.org
Lona Lane
773-471-1991
ward18@cityofchicago.org
Margaret Laurino
773-736-5594
mlaurino@cityofchicago.org
Roberto Maldonado
773-395-0143
ward26@cityofchicago.org
Deborah Mell
773-478-8040
deb@33rdward.org
Emma  Mitts
312-744-8019
emitts@cityofchicago.org
Joe Moore
773-338-5796
ward49@cityofchicago.org
Joe Moreno
773-278-0101
ward01@cityofchicago.org
Ricardo Munoz
773-762-1771
ward22@cityofchicago.org
Patrick J. O'Connor
773-769-1140
ward40@cityofchicago.org
Mary O'Connor
773-594-8341
ward41@cityofchicago.org
Matthew O'Shea
773-238-8766
ward19@cityofchicago.org
Harry Osterman
773-784-5277
ward48@cityofchicago.org
Ameya Pawar
773-868-4747
ameya@chicago47.org
John Pope
773-721-1999
ward10@cityofchicago.org
Marty Quinn
773-581-8000
ward13@cityofchicago.org
Ariel Reboyras
773-794-3095
ward30@cityofchicago.org
Brendan Reilly
312-742-4242
office@ward42chicago.com
Roderick Sawyer
773-635-0006
ward06@cityofchicago.org
Debra Silverstein
773-262-1050
ward50@cityofchicago.org
Michele Smith
773-327-9111
ward43@cityofchicago.org
Daniel Solis
773-523-4100
daniel.solis@cityofchicago.org
Nicholas Sposato
773-836-0036
ward36@cityofchicago.org
Ray Suarez
773-486-6488
rsuarez@cityofchicago.org
Latasha Thomas
773-723-0908
ward17@cityofchicago.org
Joann Thompson
773-434-3399
joann.thompson@cityofchicago.org
Thomas Tunney
773-525-6034
ward44@cityofchicago.org
Scott Waguespack
773-248-1330
ward32@cityofchicago.org
Michael R. Zalewski
773-582-4444
mzalewski@cityofchicago.org


Comma delimited e-mail list:

ward45@cityofchicago.org, ward34@cityofchicago.org, james.balcer@cityofchicago.org, ward09@cityofchicago.org, ward21@cityofchicago.org, eburke@cityofchicago.org, wburnett@cityofchicago.org, ward04@cityofchicago.org, ward46@cityofchicago.org, ward12@cityofchicago.org, ward24@cityofchicago.org, ward20@cityofchicago.org, ward35@cityofchicago.org, ward38@cityofchicago.org, ward03@cityofchicago.org, ward28@cityofchicago.org, ward02@cityofchicago.org, toni.foulkes@cityofchicago.org, ward29@cityofchicago.org, lhairston@cityofchicago.org, ward08@cityofchicago.org, ward07@cityofchicago.org, ward18@cityofchicago.org, mlaurino@cityofchicago.org, ward26@cityofchicago.org, deb@33rdward.org, emitts@cityofchicago.org, ward49@cityofchicago.org, ward01@cityofchicago.org, ward22@cityofchicago.org, ward40@cityofchicago.org, ward41@cityofchicago.org, ward19@cityofchicago.org, ward48@cityofchicago.org, ameya@chicago47.org, ward10@cityofchicago.org, ward13@cityofchicago.org, ward30@cityofchicago.org, office@ward42chicago.com, ward06@cityofchicago.org, ward50@cityofchicago.org, ward43@cityofchicago.org, daniel.solis@cityofchicago.org, ward36@cityofchicago.org, rsuarez@cityofchicago.org, ward17@cityofchicago.org, joann.thompson@cityofchicago.org, ward44@cityofchicago.org, ward32@cityofchicago.org, mzalewski@cityofchicago.org

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