Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Local Alert! Encinitas, CA (San Diego County) E-Cigarette Usage Ban

The Encinitas, California City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited and also broaden the scope of the existing ordinance to include various outdoor areas.

The matter is currently on the agenda for the City Council's meeting TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY,  March 26th, 2014 at 6:00 PM, 
City Council Chambers located at the Encinitas Civic Center, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, California.  (If you attend this meeting, we ask that as a sign of respect, you refrain from vaping during the meeting.)

Please (1) email and call the mayor, deputy mayor and  members of the City Council to explain why you oppose efforts to ban SMOKELESS  e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, and (2) attend the meeting TONIGHT, 3-26-14, and offer testimony in opposition to this ordinance.
 




CASAA strongly encourages vapers to call and email the mayor, deputy mayor, and  members of the City Council.  

What to say:

1. You are an Encinitas, Encinitas-area, or California citizen and you OPPOSE banning e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited.   (If you are responding to this Local Alert and are not a state resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, for example, you travel to Encinitas 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 Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Members of the Encinitas City Council:


Comma Delimited Email List:  tbarth@encinitasca.gov, mmuir@encinitasca.gov, kgaspar@encinitasca.gov, tkranz@encinitasca.gov, lshaffer@encinitasca.gov, blewis@encinitasca.gov, council@en

Teresa Arballo Barth, Mayor
760-633-2620
tbarth@encinitasca.gov

Mark Muir, Deputy Mayor
760-633-2621 
mmuir@encinitasca.gov

Kristin Gaspar, City Council
760-633-2624
kgaspar@encinitasca.gov

Tony Kranz, City Council
760-633-2623 
tkranz@encinitasca.gov

Lisa Shaffer, City Council
760-633-2622 
lshaffer@encinitasca.gov

How to Sign up to Speak at the Meeting (from the City's website):  Citizens may speak on items for discussion by the City Council after submitting a speaker's slip to the City Clerk prior to the item being discussed. Citizens may also donate time to another person by filling out a speaker's slip indicating they wish to donate time. The person or persons donating time must be present when the speaker to whom them have donated time is heard.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

BIG Tobacco's last hope. Propagandizing Vapor. So BIG Tobacco and BIG Pharma win again.