Saturday, February 8, 2014

Local Alert! Paris, Texas, E-Cigarette Usage Ban

Link to News Story

The Paris, Texas City Council is considering an ordinance that would, among other things, impose a  smoking ban in bars, restaurants, and public locations and also include e-cigarette use in that smoking ban.


The matter is currently on the agenda for the City Council's meeting on MONDAY, February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chamber, 107 East Kaufman Street, Paris, TX  75460.

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 call and email the city manager and members of the City Council.  (We were unable to confirm phone numbers for City Council members, but a phone number of the City Manager is listed below.)

What to say:

1. You are a Paris, Paris-area, or Texas citizen and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE banning e-cigarette use where smoking is banned.   (If you are responding to this Call to Action and are not a state resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, for example, you travel to Paris on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)
  
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.
  • 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 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. Additionally, e-cigarette users can decide whether to release any vapor ("discreet vaping").  With so little evidence of use, enforcing use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.
  • 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 99%.
  • 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 Information for the City Manager and Members of the Paris City Council:

Comma delimited e-mail:  
ahashmi@paristexas.gov, ajenkins@paristexas.gov, blancaster@paristexas.gov, jwright@paristexas.gov, rgrossnickle@paristexas.gov, mfrierson@paristexas.gov, cdrake@paristexas.gov, jgodwin@paristexas.gov

Arjumand Hashmi, Mayor (District 7)
ahashmi@paristexas.gov

Aaron Jenkins (District 1)
ajenkins@paristexas.gov

Billie Sue Lancaster (District 2) 
blancaster@paristexas.gov

John Wright (District 3)
jwright@paristexas.gov

Richard Grossnickle, Mayor Pro Tem (District 4)
rgrossnickle@paristexas.gov

Matt Frierson (District 5)
mfrierson@paristexas.gov

Cleonne Holmes Drake (District 6)
cdrake@paristexas.gov

John Godwin, City Manager
135 SE 1st St.
Paris, TX  75460
Ph: (903) 784-9202
Fax: (903) 785-8519

jgodwin@paristexas.gov

6 comments:

Chrissy said...

Sent! to all of them

SuziQinTX said...

should we tell our story and then copy and paste what is above?

tracy red said...

been over a yr and vaping has saved my life! smoked for too long could not breathe but now am on the way to a much more healthy lifestyle!! thank you!! highly recommend ecig

Jamie Walker said...

I have sent the letter to all the e mail addresses listed. I don't understand how people are so ignorant about something they pretend to know so much about.

Laffs said...

I sent and only one acknowledged with a texted "thanks" to my eamil that he received it: Arjumand Hashmi, Mayor (District 7).

Anyone have any updated information for us?

Guy Hale said...

According to this story, the ban was rejected due to opposition (hopefully because of y'all!) from the Mayor. It is expected to be redrafted and attempted again.

http://halfwheel.com/paris-texas-says-smoking-ban/49916