Sunday, June 22, 2014

Call to Action! California Ban on Internet Sales (AB 1500) and Ban on E-Cigarette Usage (SB 648)

Last updated 6/25/14



 


UPDATE 6/25/14:  SB 648 has been favorably amended in committee.  We were successful in getting the bill amended so that e-cigarettes are separately defined (and not defined as "cigarettes").  We will continue to monitor the progress of SB 648 to ensure that no unfavorable amendments are made, but for now, the Call to Action for SB 648 is on hold and CASAA supports the bill as currently amended.

UPDATE 6/23/14:  SB 648 has been amended!  What was once a bill that would have banned e-cigarette usage wherever smoking is banned in California has now become a bill to place the same restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes in vending machines as are placed on traditional tobacco products.  CASAA does not object to restrictions on sales of e-cigarettes in vending machines, but we do object to defining e-cigarettes as "cigarettes" for purposes of this legislation. 

We urge our California members to strongly OPPOSE this bill.  Defining all e-cigarette products as “cigarettes” sets a terrible precedent.  We also have reason to fear that Senator Corbett may propose further amendments before Wednesday’s hearing that would make the bill even worse.

CASAA encourages all concerned parties in California to attend the meeting of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization on Wednesday, June 25th at 1:30 PM in Room 4202 of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. Vapers will be meeting up at 1:00 PM on the State House steps to strategize.

Additionally, CASAA has issued two new CQ Roll Call Campaigns for California to express consumer opposition to defining e-cigarettes as “cigarettes” under any section of California law:

SEND AN EMAIL to your state assembly member

MAKE A CALL to your state assembly member on the Committee on Governmental Organization.  (Please note that if your state assembly member is not on the Committee on Governmental Organization, the program will report that no match has been found.) 

If you have a California address, please take five minutes of your time to participate and share your views with your elected officials.

California vapers who are especially motivated may wish to make additional phone calls to the legislators on the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. Phone calls will be especially helpful if made to those who represent cities you are in or near.  Please respectfully let their staff know that SB 648 should be opposed because it would make California the first state to inappropriately redefine the word “cigarette” to include the use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes.

Rep. Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles, District 64) [Chair]
Office Phone: (916) 319-2064

Rep. Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert, District 42) [Vice Chair]
Office Phone: (916) 319-2042

Rep. Katcho Achadjian (R-Arroyo Grande, District 35)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2035

Rep. Franklin E. Bigelow (R-O’Neals, District 5)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2005

Rep. Nora Campos (D-San Jose, Santa Clara, District 27)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2027
Rep. Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast, District 2)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2002

Rep. Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova, District 8)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2008

Rep. Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino, District 45)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2045

Rep. Adam C. Gray (D-Merced, District 21)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2021

Rep. Roger Hernández (D-West Covina, District 48)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2048

Rep. Brian W. Jones (R-Santee, District 71)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2071
Rep. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles, District 59)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2059

Rep. Marc Levine (D-San Rafael, District 10)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2010

Rep. Jose Medina (D-Riverside, District 61)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2061

Rep. Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno, District 31)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2031

Rep. V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella, District 56)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2056
Rep. Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield, District 32)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2032

Rep. Marie Waldron (R-Escondido, District 75)  
Office Phone: (916) 319-2075

Rep. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita, District 38)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2038

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UPDATE 5/24/14:  AB 1500 has been defeated!  Awesome work, California vapers.  

UPDATE 5/21/14:  AB 1500 is not dead . . . we need to generate phone calls and faxes to members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee between now and Friday, May 23, 2014 (the last day for the bill to get out of committee). Please note that webmail only works if you live in that representative's district.

Mike Gatto (Chair) Dem - 43
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
Phone:  (916) 319-2043, (818) 558-3043
Fax: (916) 319-2143, (818) 558-3042

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair) Rep - 05
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005
Phone:  (916) 319-2005, (209) 223-0505, (559) 673-0501, (530) 295-5505
Fax:  (916) 319-2105, (209) 762-8262, (559) 673-0503, (530) 295-1905

Raul Bocanegra, Dem - 39
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039
Phone:  (916) 319-2039, (818) 504-3911
Fax:  (916) 319-2139, (818) 504-3912

Steven Bradford, Dem - 62
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5136, Sacramento, CA 94249-0062
Phone:  (916) 319-2062, (310) 412-6400
Fax:  (916) 319-2162, (310) 412-6354

Ian C. Calderon, Dem - 57
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0057
Phone:  (916) 319-2057, (562) 692-5858
Fax:  (916) 319-2157, (562) 695-5852

Nora Campos, Dem - 27
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0027
Phone:  (916) 319-2027, (408) 277-1220
Fax:  (916) 319-2127, (408) 277-1036

Tim Donnelly, Rep - 33
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2002, Sacramento, CA 94249-0033
Phone:  (916) 319-2033, (760) 244-5277
Fax:  916- 319-2133, (760) 244-5447

Susan Talamantes Eggman, Dem - 13
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2003, Sacramento, CA 94249-0013
Phone:  (916) 319-2013, (209) 948-7479
Fax:  (916) 319-2113, (209) 465-5058

Jimmy Gomez, Dem - 51
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2176, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051
Phone:  (916) 319-2051, (213) 483-5151
Fax:  (916) 319-2151, (213) 483-5166

Chris R. Holden, Dem - 41
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5119, Sacramento, CA 94249-0041
Phone:  (916) 319-2041, (626) 351-1917, (909) 624-7876
Fax:  (916) 319-2141, (909) 626-2548

Brian W. Jones, Rep - 71
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0071
Phone:  (916) 319-2071, (916) 319-2071
Fax:  (619) 441-2327, (916) 319-2171

Eric Linder, Rep - 60
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2016, Sacramento, CA 94249-0060
Phone:  (916) 319-2060, (916) 319-2060
Fax:  (951) 734-4160, (916) 319-2160

Richard Pan, Dem - 09
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6005, Sacramento, CA 94249-0009
Phone:  (916) 319-2009, (916) 262-0999
Fax:  (916) 319-2109, (916) 262-0995

Bill Quirk, Dem - 20
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2175, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020
Phone:  (916) 319-2020, (510) 583-8818
Fax:  (916) 319-2120, (510) 583-8800

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Dem - 54
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3149, Sacramento, CA 94249-0054
Phone:  (916) 319-2054, (310) 342-1070
Fax:  (916) 319-2154, (310) 342-1078

Donald P. Wagner, Rep - 68
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0068
Phone:  (916) 319-2068, (714) 665-6868
Fax:  (916) 319-2168, (714) 665-6867

Shirley N. Weber, Dem - 79
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079
Phone:  (916) 319-2079, (619) 531-7913
Fax:  (916) 319-2179, (619) 531-7924


UPDATE 5/17/14:  We are proceeding under the assumption that the hearing on AB 1500 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee will occur on May 21, 2014, but that is--as always--subject to last-minute changes.  We will continue to update the Call to Action as information becomes available.  

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW (and it'll only take 5 minutes)--

In order to assist California residents in their efforts to oppose AB 1500 (restrictions on internet sales) and SB 648 (ban on e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited), CASAA has initiated a California Campaign on our new CQ Roll Call system, a program which helps connect our members easily and in a targeted fashion with their state and federal legislators on specifically crafted campaigns we design. 

THIS LINK will take you directly to the site for CASAA's email campaign for California.  You'll note that it asks for personal information. This is necessary for your email to be delivered to the appropriate recipients.  (If you allow the program to save your information, it should be automatically generated for you the next time you visit to participate in a campaign.)

The email for the campaign has a beginning and end that aren't editable. The middle, however, is for you to add your story. To the right of the box where you'll add text is a tab entitled "talking points."  If you click on that, it will give you information that you may find useful when telling your story, points that are specific to this campaign.

(This campaign is a beta run of CASAA's new CQ Roll Call program, so forgive (and report) any glitches and offer feedback.  Some people have reported that when switching between open tabs on their browser or when keeping the window open for an extended period of time, text may be lost. Thus, you may wish to prepare your story--to be inserted in the middle of the email--in a word processing document and then copy and paste it into the email when you are done.)
  
UPDATE 5/13/14:  AB 1500 hearing rescheduled for May 21, 2014.

UPDATE 5/7/14:  AB 1500 hearing rescheduled for May 14, 2014.

UPDATE 5/3/14:  AB 1500 received a favorable vote out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on 4/30/14 (19 in favor, none opposed).  It has now been re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and has been scheduled for a hearing on May 7th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 4202, 10th and L Streets. Sacramento, CA 95814.

Please (1) attend the hearing and offer testimony in opposition to AB 1500 on WEDNESDAY, May 7th, 2014, and (2) call and email members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to let them know how this bill will negatively impact you.  (Talking points for AB 1500, as amended, are included in the 4/29/14 update below.)

Contact Information for Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee:

Please note that the preferred means of contacting California legislatures is using their webmail link. 

Mike Gatto (Chair) Dem - 43
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
Phone:  (916) 319-2043, (818) 558-3043
Fax: (916) 319-2143, (818) 558-3042

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair) Rep - 05
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005
Phone:  (916) 319-2005, (209) 223-0505, (559) 673-0501, (530) 295-5505
Fax:  (916) 319-2105, (209) 762-8262, (559) 673-0503, (530) 295-1905

Raul Bocanegra, Dem - 39
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039
Phone:  (916) 319-2039, (818) 504-3911
Fax:  (916) 319-2139, (818) 504-3912

Steven Bradford, Dem - 62
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5136, Sacramento, CA 94249-0062
Phone:  (916) 319-2062, (310) 412-6400
Fax:  (916) 319-2162, (310) 412-6354

Ian C. Calderon, Dem - 57
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0057
Phone:  (916) 319-2057, (562) 692-5858
Fax:  (916) 319-2157, (562) 695-5852

Nora Campos, Dem - 27
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0027
Phone:  (916) 319-2027, (408) 277-1220
Fax:  (916) 319-2127, (408) 277-1036

Tim Donnelly, Rep - 33
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2002, Sacramento, CA 94249-0033
Phone:  (916) 319-2033, (760) 244-5277
Fax:  916- 319-2133, (760) 244-5447

Susan Talamantes Eggman, Dem - 13
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2003, Sacramento, CA 94249-0013
Phone:  (916) 319-2013, (209) 948-7479
Fax:  (916) 319-2113, (209) 465-5058

Jimmy Gomez, Dem - 51
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2176, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051
Phone:  (916) 319-2051, (213) 483-5151
Fax:  (916) 319-2151, (213) 483-5166

Chris R. Holden, Dem - 41
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5119, Sacramento, CA 94249-0041
Phone:  (916) 319-2041, (626) 351-1917, (909) 624-7876
Fax:  (916) 319-2141, (909) 626-2548

Brian W. Jones, Rep - 71
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0071
Phone:  (916) 319-2071, (916) 319-2071
Fax:  (619) 441-2327, (916) 319-2171

Eric Linder, Rep - 60
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2016, Sacramento, CA 94249-0060
Phone:  (916) 319-2060, (916) 319-2060
Fax:  (951) 734-4160, (916) 319-2160

Richard Pan, Dem - 09
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6005, Sacramento, CA 94249-0009
Phone:  (916) 319-2009, (916) 262-0999
Fax:  (916) 319-2109, (916) 262-0995

Bill Quirk, Dem - 20
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2175, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020
Phone:  (916) 319-2020, (510) 583-8818
Fax:  (916) 319-2120, (510) 583-8800

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Dem - 54
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3149, Sacramento, CA 94249-0054
Phone:  (916) 319-2054, (310) 342-1070
Fax:  (916) 319-2154, (310) 342-1078

Donald P. Wagner, Rep - 68
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0068
Phone:  (916) 319-2068, (714) 665-6868
Fax:  (916) 319-2168, (714) 665-6867

Shirley N. Weber, Dem - 79
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079
Phone:  (916) 319-2079, (619) 531-7913
Fax:  (916) 319-2179, (619) 531-7924


UPDATE 4/29/14:  Committee hearing on WEDNESDAY, April 30th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Thanks in large part to the efforts of vapers, AB 1500 has been amended. While a step in the right direction (no outright ban on online sales), the bill will still impose substantial hardships on consumers:
  • Require the customer to provide full name, birth date, and residential address, and the seller is then responsible for verifying that information through a commercially available database (with various requirements associated with that database).
  • Require that delivery be signed for an adult and that the adult provide proof of age via a government-issued identification bearing a photograph.

These requirements apply to deliveries to California customers (whether or not the sale originates within the state).  Moreover, these steps will need to be followed each time a sale/delivery is made to a particular buyer.

While CASAA supports bans on sales to minors, we oppose any restrictions that impose unnecessary burdens on adult consumers.  Requiring age verification before delivery (with third-party database verification), and then mandating a delivery service with age-verified signature required--and requiring it each and every time an order is delivered to a particular address--imposes an unnecessary burden on adult consumers, especially those who are not able to be present at the time of delivery. Moreover, the additional costs associated with these requirements will be passed on to consumers and make low-risk e-cigarette use far more expensive for California consumers.

CASAA asks vapers to attend the hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th, 2014 and call and email members of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee (contact information below) and ask committee members to amend the bill so that age verification through a third-party service prior to delivery is still required, but NOT  to require signature and proof of age and identity at time of delivery.  Age verification before delivery is a sufficient safeguard and substantially lessens the burdens on adult consumers.

Committee Hearing will be held on WEDNESDAY, April 30th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol:

California State Capitol (Room 437)
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the hearing room.

UPDATE 4/14/14:  AB 1500 has been set for a hearing on April 30th, 2014.  Additional details will be provided when available, but please mark the date and plan on attending to offer testimony.
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[legislative tracking + full text for AB 1500]
[legislative tracking + full text for SB 648]

If enacted, AB 1500 would:
  • Ban companies from shipping any tobacco or electronic cigarette products to California citizens (unless they acquire a tobacco retail license). 
  • Require businesses selling e-cigarettes to acquire a tobacco license if they want to import products from out-of-state.
If enacted, SB 648 would: 
Ban the use of vapor products wherever smoking is banned. Among those provisions most likely to impact users are those that would:
  • Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California. Violations would be punishable by fines of $100, $200, and $500. (Section 12)
  • Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4
  • Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “may be a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)



In 2013, hundreds of California citizens turned out in Sacramento fight back against SB 648, a bill by Senator Ellen Corbett that would ban electronic cigarette use everywhere in California that smoking is banned (see last year's Call to Action for details).  Thanks to the passionate and unwavering opposition from vapers, that bill was unable to pass.

2014 is a brand new year, though, and SB 648 remains both alive and a legitimate threat to e-cigarette users. Additionally, a new bill, AB 1500, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D - Sacramento), would attempt to criminalize the sale of e-cigarettes through the Internet or U.S. mail.

California citizens should not only submit testimony in opposition to these two bills (see below), but you should also contact your own California State Assembly and Senate representatives directly to encourage a NO vote on both SB 648 and AB 1500.  In these communications, make sure to include your address and phone number.  If possible, CASAA recommends asking for a face-to-face meeting with your Assembly and Senate members about these bill.

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


Please call or write the members of the California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization

What to say:
1. You are a citizen of California, and you would like them to vote NO on AB 1500 (online sales ban on e-cigarettes) and SB 648 (e-cigarette usage ban) because these bills are unnecessary and counter productive to the goal of improving the public health of California citizens.  (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 California on vacation or have friends/family in the area.  

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

You oppose AB 1500 because:  

3. The sponsor has provided absolutely no evidence that minors are purchasing e-cigarettes online.  Moreover, the sponsor has failed to explain why a total ban is needed when other options are available like third-party age verification. 

4. AB 1500 will not stop businesses in 49 other states from shipping e-cigarettes to California consumers.  It will, however, cause tens or possibly hundreds of California companies to move their shipping operations to Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon.  In the process this will cost California jobs and tax revenue.  As a result, the fiscal note stating that this bill will generate $24 million in revenue by increasing state sales taxes is utterly wrong.  Moreover, this will work a hardship for California consumers who wish to purchase online from California businesses.  

5. Several states, including Illinois and North Carolina, have enacted common sense provisions requiring an Internet seller of e-cigarettes to use a third-party age verification system to verify a purchaser's age before shipping a product.  AB 1500 completely ignores this recent technological advancement and instead opts for a complete and total online sales ban.

You oppose SB 648 because:

5.
Smoking bans are ostensibly 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 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.
  • A 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.


6. 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 ("discrete vaping").  With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

7. Individual cities and counties should be permitted to set their own policies regarding the indoor use of e-cigarettes.  While many cities have enacted such bans, others have rejected such moves, or enacted compromise measures (i.e., Long Beach permits usage in bars). Local governments should retain power of this issue.

8. 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%.

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

10. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.

How to Submit Testimony to the Committee on Governmental Organization

Please submit testimony on AB 1500 and SB 648 directly to Eric.Johnson@asm.ca.gov with the subject line "AB 1500 / SB 648 Testimony."

CASAA also encourages California citizens to call the representatives on the Governmental Organization Committee. Please note that you can only use the 'Email' links below if you are in the Representative's district, so you will need to make phone calls if you want to directly reach out to the representatives. 

Rep. Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles, District 64) [Chair]
Office Phone: (916) 319-2064

Email

Rep. Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert, District 42) [Vice Chair]

Office Phone: (916) 319-2042
Email


Rep. Katcho Achadjian (R-Arroyo Grande, District 35)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2035
Email

Rep. Franklin E. Bigelow (R-O’Neals, District 5)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2005
Email

Rep. Nora Campos (D-San Jose, Santa Clara, District 27) 

Office Phone: (916) 319-2027 
Email
 

Rep. Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast, District 2)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2002
Email


Rep. Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova, District 8)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2008
Email 

Rep. Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino, District 45) 
Office Phone: (916) 319-2045 
Email

Rep. Adam C. Gray (D-Merced, District 21)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2021
Email


Rep. Roger Hernández (D-West Covina, District 48)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2048
Email

Rep. Brian W. Jones (R-Santee, District 71)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2071
Email
 

Rep. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles, District 59)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2059
Email
 

Rep. Marc Levine (D-San Rafael, District 10)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2010
Email


Rep. Jose Medina (D-Riverside, District 61)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2061
Email


Rep. Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno, District 31)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2031
Email

Rep. V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella, District 56)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2056
Email

 
Rep. Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield, District 32)

Office Phone: (916) 319-2032
Email

Rep. Marie Waldron (R-Escondido, District 75)  

Office Phone: (916) 319-2075
Email 

Rep. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita, District 38)
Office Phone: (916) 319-2038
Email

13 comments:

  1. they shouldn't banned e-cigs i stopped smoking i was a pack a day smoker i switched to e-cigs. I've turned my life around i am joining the army i can be around my niece's and nephews more often its a whole community that vapes banning e-cigs would cause people to be murdered by switching back to smoking. (just remember smoking is dead vaping is the future and the future is now) (riptrippers)

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  2. California, please leave us vapers alone. We have made a collective healthy choice by quitting tobacco and even the FDA is about to give their stamp of approval, albeit must be paid for of course, to the e-juice companies because the ingredients in the e-juice is not unhealthy. Enacting AB 1500 does nothing besides line your pockets and extend the war against cigarette smokers to the vaping community. By enacting SB 648 you're claiming ignorance to the facts that second hand vapor is no more harmful than the air you already breathe. Go after the factories that continue to pollute our air and lobby you with their illegal money to leave them alone. Be happy with the exuberant and unlawful taxes you're already taking from the tobacco smoking community. E-juice is NOT tobacco no matter how you slice it!

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  3. I am opposed to any ban on e-cigarettes. They have allowed me to quit smoking tobacco products after 14 years of cigarette use. There are not any combustion products inhaled during vaporization. Please do not support this freedom robbing legislation.

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  4. California, please do not ban e - cigarettes or online e cigarette sales., I have been tobacco free for 5 months, and it is all because of vaping. Legislation will cause many small business owners to close up shop. E juice is not tobacco. The industry is regulating itself in a good manner. Every time I have purchased e juice it has had child proof caps and clear labeling.

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  5. It is pretty amazing that after being a tobacco smoker for over 45 years, I tried e-smoke last June, 2013 for the first time. It was so clean and good, and the vapor had no odor nor did it offend the people around me. I pretty much quit smoking in one week. I have not touched a cigarette or any form of tobacco in 10 months. It is less harmful to you and to others. Why on earth would this be banned? Smokers are so blessed to have e-smoke in place of tobacco. I encourage everyone to quit tobacco and switch to e-smoke. IT WORKS!!!

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  6. To ban this is sending the wrong message to smokers who need help in quitting. I have been tobacco free for 2.5 years after being a smoker for 40+ years. I would/could never have given this up without e-cigs. I felt an immediate difference in my breathing and overall health. You cannot say this is not helpful to those who want to quit tobacco and go with e-cigs as a more healthy alternative.

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  7. Other areas (or benefits) to e-cigarettes that no one has touched is public safety and reduced litter. Traditional cigarettes have filters left behind after the user is done smoking. These filters usually end up on our roadways and eventually in our waterways and oceans. Also, when cigarettes are discarded in this matter a number of wildfires are started. Wildfires are a direct threat to public safety, property, and wildlife. If Sacramento is truly concerned about public safety, water conservation, and tax dollars spent on fighting wildfires it would take a more common sense approach to this issue.

    I know, ‘common sense’ and ‘Sacramento’ don’t belong in the same sentence...

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  8. Yet another database with our personal info to be hacked into? I don't enter my personal details unless absolutely necessary. I'm not an attorney but it seems like this would violate my rights. I work for a company which insists that no client info be posted or saved or even transmitted in any way that has not been tested and proven safe. Can California state the same?

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  9. I switched from Cigarettes to E-Cigs. I don't want to switch from E-Cigs to Cigarettes. Are you guys trying to kill me again. I will sue you if you make me smoke Cigarettes again. You guys are just asking people (we the people) not you regulators never to be on your side again.

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  10. In regards to AB 1500 and SB 648:
    Electronic cigarettes has helped so many of us quit smoking and get back on track in life. E-cigs should not even be compared to cigarettes. The difference is surely black and white by just seeing how we feel when we wake up, work out/exercise, how food tastes, how we smell, no more bad breath/teeth stains, the list goes ON and ON. If this weren't something that really helped people quit smoking and helped so many lives, there wouldn't be SO many people trying to stop all this nonsense banning going on. I'm sure there is A LOT of lobbying and bribery going on to get rid of electronic cigarettes, but please take a step back and think about it and see what the real purpose of banning e-cigs is. If something that is the #1 cause of lung cancer all around the WORLD can still be sold freely, e-cigs that is essentially water vapor with flavoring, should not even be related or compared to this Grim Reaper. Not enough studies? If we do enough studies on e-cigs and we find out that it will be the #2 cause of lung cancer, can we sell and purchase freely at that time? If studies find that e-cigarettes will lead to over 500,000 deaths a year in just the United States alone, will we be free to vape at that time? The comparison is so ridiculous if compared to tobacco, but yet people are trying to classify it as the same category? E-cigarettes has saved my life and MANY of my close family and friends. Please take a few steps back and view the broader picture before making any decisions because this isn't a small decision you will be making by making it harder for consumers to quit smoking and find alternatives. This can essentially be and is a life or death decision for MILLIONS down the road. Please do not ban e-cigarettes or move us into areas where only smokers of tobacco are allowed to smoke. We have made a choice to quit and we do not want to be around cigarette smoke any longer. Please oppose!!

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  11. VAPING HAS TAKEN ASAMA AND HAS TAKEN EMPHYSEMA AND HAS ALL MOST REVERSED C O P D DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT THERE IS JUST A HINT OF IT LEFT. I SMOKED 3 TO 4 PACKS A DAY FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS BUT SMOKED SINCE I WAS 6 YEARS OLD I DIDN'T NEED AN I,D ALL THE ADULTS SMOKED IN MY HOME SMOKED AND SO DID I. IF CHILDREN ARE GOING TO SMOKE OR DRINK THEY ARE GOING TO GET IT NO MATTER WHAT. A LOCK IS PUT ON A DOOR TO KEEP HONEST PEOPLE HONEST THE TRUE CROOK IS GOING TO BREAK IN AND STEAL LOCKED OR NOT.TO PUT PEOPLE THAT VAPE WITH PEOPLE THAT SMOKE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN PUTTING A NON SMOKER WITH A PERSON THAT SMOKES . THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN THE UNITED STATES TO PENALIZE PEOPLE THAT DO RIGHT . WHO ARE YOU LAW MAKERS, A CORDING TO MOST OF THE LAWS YOU GET PASSED YOU DON'T SEEK THE REAL OR THE WHOLE TRUTH ON MATTERS WHAT GOD IS IT THAT YOU SERVE TRUTH OR MONEY. STOP DOING A DIS SERVICE TO YOUR SELF AND OTHERS IN THE NAME OF MONEY AND LIES. YES C O P D CAN BE REVERSED ONE MORE LIE BIG BUSINESS HAS SOLD THE PUBLIC PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES ANY MORE SEEK AND FIND THE REAL AND WHOLE TRUTH AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT.

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  12. I am unclear if this ban applies to shipments out of California. Several of my largest suppliers are in California, and because of that I wondered if there was a way to submit comments because I many be forced to look for suppliers in another state if this goes through.

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  13. These bills are bad for California as a whole. Economically, and for the health benefits of all the people these products are benefiting. Our politicians are misguided and power hungry and need to be stopped from stripping one more liberty, opportunity or freedom from any otherwise law abiding citizens. Stop Taxing and regulating the wealth and prosperity out of California!

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