Friday, February 14, 2014

Call to Action! UPDATED: SUPPORT Wisconsin SB 440 and AB 762 EXEMPTING E-cigarettes from public use bans!

Update 2/27/14 (11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. central time):  


  • SB 440 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on WEDNESDAY, March 5th, 2014 at 11:30 A.M, Room 411 South (2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703).  Vapers are asked to attend the hearing and offer testimony, as well as call and write members of the Committee.  (See the Contact List for SB 440 below in Part I of this Call to Action.)  Link to Agenda for Hearing on SB 440 
  • AB 762 has been set for a hearing before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations on TUESDAY, March 4th, at 1:00 P.M., Room 328-NW (2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703).  Vapers are asked to attend the hearing and offer testimony, as well as call and write members of the Committee.  (See the Contact List for AB 762 below in Part II of this Call to Action.)  Link to Agenda for Hearing on AB 762


As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping during the hearing.   Link to information regarding providing testimony

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[full text and tracking for SB 440]
[full text and tracking for AB 762]
[Call to Action for unrelated Wisconsin bill to tax e-cigarettes]

If enacted, these bills would:
  • Clarify that the use of electronic cigarettes is NOT banned under Wisconsin's Clean Indoor Air Act
Just to reiterate, CASAA supports SB 440 and AB 762 and we strongly encourage vapers and harm reduction advocates to make phone calls, send emails, and testify in support of passage. This is a great opportunity for your legislators to learn about tobacco harm reduction.

UPDATE 2/14/2014: The Wisconsin Assembly has introduced a companion bill to Senate Bill 440 (see link #2 above.) This bill was introduced on 2/13/2014 and referred to the Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations (the same committee currently considering a bill to tax e-cigarettes and smoke-free tobacco - see link #3 above.)

UPDATE 2/10/2014: The Thursday public hearing has been postponed, but will be scheduled within two weeks. Please be sure you are registered for email alerts and we will send out the new hearing date and time as soon as we know.

A source in Madison has informed us that SB 440 will likely receive a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee on Thursday, February 13th at a time to be announced (likely between 10 AM and 2 PM) at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building at 2 E. Main Street in Madison, WI. Please attend and speak in support of SB 440.  However, as a sign of respect, we ask you to please refrain from vaping in the committee room.  



Remember, you can register to receive free CASAA e-mail alerts regarding this and other legislation in Wisconsin and across the United States. We will alert you when there are other opportunities to voice your concerns to the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature. 

A BRIEF GUIDE TO SUPPORTING SB 440 and HB 762

(1) Contact your State Representative and Senator to ask them to support SB440 and HB 762 for the reasons listed below. Phone calls and in-person meetings are strongly encouraged.


(2) Attend the hearings on SB 440 and HB 762 scheduled for March 4th and 5th before the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee and the 
Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations. (See time and place above.)  Testify in support of the bills (or just come along for moral support).  

(3) E-mail the members of the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee and 
ask them to support SB 440 AND the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations and ask them to support HB 762  for the reasons outlined below. Phone calls and in-person meetings are strongly encouraged.

Comma delimited email list: sen.grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.risser@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.harris@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.farrow@legis.wisconsin.gov

(4) Be sure to separately contact sponsors Sen. Glenn Grothman, Rep. David Murphy, and Rep. David Craig to thank them for introducing SB 440.

See below for phone numbers and additional talking points. 


I.  For SB 440, please contact your Senators, as well as the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee listed below and tell them:

1. You would like them to vote YES on SB 440 because it would clarify that smoke-free electronic cigarettes are not subject to governmental restrictions under the Wisconsin Clean Indoor Air Act.  

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.
 

3. Explain that:

    • 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 are comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.  
    • A published comprehensive review by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 and estimated 99%.
    • SB 440 will bring clarity to business owners who are currently unsure of whether electronic cigarette use is banned where smoking is under Wisconsin law. 
    • By switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.
4. Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.

Contact list for Senate Bill 440
Comma delimited email list: sen.grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.risser@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.harris@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov, sen.farrow@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senator Glenn Grothman (R - West Bend)
(608) 266-7513
Sen.Grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senator Fred Risser (D - Madison)

(608) 266-1627
Sen.Risser@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senator Nikiya Harris (D - Milwaukee)
(608) 266-2500
Sen.Harris@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senator Leah Vukmir (R - Wauwatosa)
(608) 266-2512
Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov 

Senator Paul Farrow (R - Pewaukee) 
(608) 266-9174 
Sen.Farrow@legis.wisconsin.gov


II.  For AB 762, please contact your Representatives, as well as Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations listed below and tell them:

1. You would like them to vote YES on AB 762 because it would clarify that smoke-free electronic cigarettes are not subject to governmental restrictions under the Wisconsin Clean Indoor Air Act.  

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.
 

3. Explain that:

    • 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 are comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.  
    • A published comprehensive review by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 and estimated 99%.
    • AB 762 will bring clarity to business owners who are currently unsure of whether electronic cigarette use is banned where smoking is under Wisconsin law. 
    • By switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.
4. Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.

Contact list for AB 762

Comma delimited email (bulk email):
Rep.Weininger@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Swearingen@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Craig@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Knodl@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Neylon@legis.wi.gov, Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Hutton@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Nass@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Sinicki@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Zamarripa@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Ringhand@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kahl@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Hulsey@legis.wisconsin.gov,

Rep. Chad Weininger (R-District 4, Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-5840, (888) 534-0004
Fax: (608) 282-3604
District Fax: (608) 282-3604
Email: Rep.Weininger@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-District 34, Vice-Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-7141, (888) 534-0034
Fax: (608) 282-3634
Email: Rep.Swearingen@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. David Craig (R-District 83)
Phone: (608) 266-3363, (888) 534-0083
Fax: (608) 282-3683
Email: Rep.Craig@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-District 38)
Phone: (608) 266-8551, (888) 534-0038
Fax: (608) 282-3638
Email: Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Daniel Knodl (R-District 42)
Phone: (608) 266-3796, (888) 529-0024
Fax: (608) 282-3624
Email: Rep.Knodl@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Keith Ripp (R-District 42)
Phone: (608) 266-3404, (888) 534-0042
Fax: (608) 282-3642
Email: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Adam Neylon (R-District 98)
Phone: (608) 266-5120, (888) 534-0098
Fax: (608) 282-3698
Email: Rep.Neylon@legis.wi.gov

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-District 14)
Phone: (608) 266-9180, (888) 534-0014
Fax: (608) 282-3614
Email: Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Rob Hutton (R-District 13)
Phone: (608) 267-9836, (888) 534-0013
Fax: (608) 282-3613
Email: Rep.Hutton@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Stephen Nass (R-District 33)
Phone: (608) 266-5715, (888) 529-0033
Fax: (608) 282-3633
Email: Rep.Nass@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-District 20)
Phone: (608) 266-8588, (888) 534-0020
Fax: (608) 282-3620
Email: Rep.Sinicki@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-District 8)
Phone: (608) 267-7669, (888) 534-0008
Fax: (608) 282-3608
Email: Rep.Zamarripa@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Janis Ringhand (D-District 45, co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: (608) 266-1192, (888) 534-0045
Fax: (608) 282-3645
Email: Rep.Ringhand@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Frederick Kessler (D-District 12)
Phone: (608) 266-5813, (888) 534-0012
Fax: (608) 282-3612
Email: Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Robb Kahl (D-District 47, co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: (608) 266-8570
Fax: (608) 282-3647
Email: Rep.Kahl@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-District 78, co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: (608) 266-7521
Fax: (608) 282-3678
Email: Rep.Hulsey@legis.wisconsin.gov

3 comments:

Simeon Stala said...

Hey people,

If you like vaping and don't want banned then take 10 minutes out of your day and send these emails.

Thanks much

Eau Claire Vapor said...
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Eau Claire Vapor said...

Take some time and at least write a quick email to the list of names that are provided above. I enjoy being smoke free and I'd like to keep that way!