Monday, June 2, 2014

Call to Action! Delaware Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Use Wherever Smoking is Prohibited



UPDATE 6/12/14:  HB 309 has passed the House and is now pending in the Senate Executive Committee.  It is imperative that Delaware vapers reach out NOW--contact your senator as well as members of the Senate Executive Committee (contact information below) and express  opposition to this bill. Talking points are included in this Call to Action. 

Comma delimited email list:  patricia.blevins@state.de.us, margaretrose.henry@state.de.us, greg.lavelle@state.de.us, david.mcbride@state.de.us, harris.mcdowell@state.de.us, gsimpson@udel.edu

Senator Patricia M. Blevins (Chair, D, Leg. Dis. 7)
Phone: (302) 744-4133, (302) 577-8542
Fax:  (302) 577-3269

Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D, Leg. Dis. 2)
Phone: (302) 744-4191, (302) 577-8719, (302) -425-4148

Senator Gregory F. Lavelle (R, Leg. Dis. 4)
Phone:  (302) 744-4048, (302) 577-8714, (302) 478-6128
Fax:  (302) 739-5049

Senator David B. McBride (D, Leg. Dis. 13)
Phone:  (302) 744-4167, (302) 577-8744

Senator Harris B. McDowell III (D, Leg. Dis. 1)
Phone:  (302) 744-4147, (302) 577-8744

Senator F. Gary Simpson (R, Leg. Dis. 18)
Phone:  (302) 744-4134
Fax:  (302) 739-5049


UPDATE 6/5/14:  HB 309 is out of committee and is now Item 6 for the full House agenda.

It is imperative that Delaware vapers reach out NOW to their elected representatives and express their opposition to this bill.  Talking points and contact information for the full House (as well as a link to find your legislator) are included in this Call to Action.

UPDATE 5/9/14:  HB 309 has been placed on the agenda for the House Health and Human Development Committee's meeting on May 14, 2014.  Vapers and harm reduction advocates are encouraged to continue to call and email members of the Committee and plan on attending the meeting on WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., House Chambers inside the Legislative Hall (411 Legislative Ave., Dover, DE).

If you attend the hearing, as a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping.

UPDATE 5/4/14:  As of midnight May 3, 2014, HB 309 has not been placed on the agenda for the House Health and Human Development Committee's May 7, 2014 meeting.  It is possible (if not likely) that HB 309 will, once again, be set for hearing with little or no advance notice, so vapers and harm reduction advocates are encouraged to continue to call and email members of the Committee and make arrangements to keep WEDNESDAY, May 7th, 2014 available to attend a hearing should one be scheduled.

We will continue to update this Call to Action when more information becomes available.

UPDATE 4/30/14 P.M.:  Due to the massive number of emails and calls from vapers generated by this Call to Action, the House Health and Human Development Committee has postponed the hearing on HB 309.  The new hearing date will likely be Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  We will update this call to action as more information becomes available.

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Introduced late yesterday (4/29/14) and set for a hearing today (4/30/14) before the House Health and Human Development Committee, HB 309 seeks to amend Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act to treat smoke-free e-cigarette use the same as smoking.  Delware citizens should be outraged at the lack of notice, a clear attempt to eliminate any honest discussion on the issue.

We appreciate that given the lack of notice, it is impossible for most people to attend a hearing today.  However, if you can, please attend the hearing at 2:30 p.m., House Chambers inside the Legislative Hall (411 Legislative Ave, Dover, DE).  

Whether or not you can attend the hearing today, Delaware vapers and harm reduction advocates are urged to take IMMEDIATE ACTION to call and email members of the House Health and Human Development Committee to express opposition to this bill and the lack of notice.

If enacted, HB 309 would:
  • Prohibit the use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes wherever "smoking" is banned

HB 309
Committee Meeting Notice

Please contact the members of the House Health and Human Development Committee and your representative and let them know:

1. You are a resident of Delaware, and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE including smoke-free e-cigarette use within the definition of "smoking."  (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 Delaware 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 can stop here -- short and respectful letters are helpful, but if you wish to write more, see below for possible points to discuss)

3. Explain that:
  • Smoking bans are supposedly 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. 

5. Include your name and address at the end of your letter. 

Contact Information House of Representatives:

Commas delimited email list:  michael.barbieri@state.de.us, rebecca.walker@state.de.us, donald.blakey@state.de.us, ruth.briggsking@state.de.us, ruthbriggsking@aol.com, timothy.dukes@state.de.us, ptdukes@gmail.com, quinton.johnson@state.de.us, john.kowalko@state.de.us, kowalkoforthe25th@gmail.com, joseph.miro@state.de.us, edward.osienski@state.de.us, charles.potter@state.de.us, darryl.scott@state.de.us, kimberly.williams@state.de.us, john.atkins@state.de.us, paul.baumbach@state.de.us, andria.bennett@state.de.us, stephaniet.bolden@state.de.us, gerald.brady@state.de.us, william.carson@state.de.us, ronald.gray@state.de.us, debra.heffernan@state.de.us, deborah.hudson@state.de.us, jj.johnson@state.de.us, helene.keeley@state.de.us, harvey.kenton@state.de.us, valerie.longhurst@state.de.us, john.l.mitchell@state.de.us, michael.mulrooney@state.de.us, bobby.outten@state.de.us, trey.paradee@state.de.us, jack.peterman@state.de.us, michael.ramone@state.de.us, peter.schwartzkopf@state.de.us, bryon.short@state.de.us, daniel.short@state.de.us, melanie.g.smith@state.de.us, steve.smyk@state.de.us, jeff.spiegelman@state.de.us, john.viola@state.de.us, dennis.e.williams@state.de.us, david.l.wilson@state.de.us

Representative Michael A. Barbieri (D, Leg. Dis. 18)
Phone: (302) 744-4279, (302) 577-8342, (302) 420-6564

Representative Rebecca Walker (D, Leg. Dis. 9)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Donald A. Blakey (R, Leg. Dis. 34)
Phone: (302) 744-4171

Representative Ruth Briggs King (R, Leg. Dis. 37)
Phone: (302) 744-4251, (302) 856-2772; Fax: (302) 739-2773
Ruth.BriggsKing@state.de.us

Representative Timothy D. Dukes (R, Leg. Dis. 40)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 280-6344, (443) 235-9806; Fax: (302) 280-6344
Timothy.Dukes@state.de.us

Representative Earl G. Jaques Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 27)
Phone: (302) 744-4142, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative S. Quinton Johnson (D, Leg. Dis. 8)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative John A. Kowalko Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 25)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8342, (302) 737-2396, (302) 547-9351
Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Joseph E. Miro (R, Leg. Dis. 22)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 577-8723

Representative Edward S. Osienski (D, Leg. Dis. 24)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302)-577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Charles Potter Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 1)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-5312, (302) 762-8322; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 652-2411

Representative Darryl M. Scott (D, Leg. Dis. 31)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 735-1781

Representative Kimberly Williams (D, Leg. Dis. 19)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476

Representative John C. Atkins (D, Leg. Dis. 41)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 934-1587; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Paul S. Baumbach (D, Leg. Dis. 23)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8489; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Andria L. Bennett (D, Leg. Dis. 32)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Stephanie T. Bolden (D, Leg. Dis. 2)
Phone: (302)744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701 StephanieT.Bolden@state.de.us

Representative Gerald L. Brady (D, Leg. Dis. 4)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; (302) 577-8476

Representative William J. Carson (D, Leg. Dis. 28)
Phone: (302) 744-4113; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Ronald E. Gray (R, Leg. Dis. 38)
Phone: (302) 744-4171

Representative Debra J. Heffernan (D, Leg. Dis. 6)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; (302) 577-8476

Representative Deborah Hudson (R, Leg. Dis. 12)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 577-8723, (302) 651-9571
Fax: (302) 577-6396, (302) 778-2202

Representative James Johnson (D, Leg. Dis. 16)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476, (302) 322-2521; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Helene M. Keeley (D, Leg. Dis. 3)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 577-6701

Representative Harvey R. Kenton (R, Leg. Dis. 36)
Phone: (302) 744-4171; Fax (302) 739-2773

Representative Valerie Longhurst (D, Leg. Dis. 15)
Phone: (302) 744-4047, (302) 577-8476

Representative John L. Mitchell Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 13)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701 john.l.mitchell@state.de.us

Representative Michael P. Mulrooney (D, Leg. Dis. 17)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476

Representative William R. "Bobby" Outten (R, Leg. Dis. 30)
Phone: (302) 744-4083, (302) 398-3816; Fax: (302) 739-2773

Representative W. Charles Paradee (D, Leg. Dis. 29)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Harold J. Peterman (R, Leg. Dis. 33)
Phone: (302) 744-4171; Fax: (302) 739-2773

Representative Michael Ramone (R, Leg. Dis. 21)
Phone: (302) 744-4108, (302) 577-9723, (302) 584-8601; Fax: (302) 739-2773, (302) 577-6396

Representative Peter C. Schwartzkopf (D, Leg. Dis. 14)
Phone: (302) 744-4351

Representative Bryon H. Short (D, Leg. Dis. 7)
Phone: (302) 744-4297, (302) 577-8480, (302) 475-2252

Representative Daniel B. Short (R, Leg. Dis. 39)
Phone: (302) 744-4172, (302) 628-5222; Fax: (302) 739-2773

Representative Melanie George Smith (D, Leg. Dis. 5)
Phone: (302) 744-4126, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Stephen T. Smyk (R, Leg. Dis. 20)
Phone: (302) 744-4321, (302) 577-8723; Fax: (302) 739-2773, (302) 577-6396

Representative Jeffrey N. Spiegelman (R, Leg. Dis. 11)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 577-8723, (302) 399-7728

Representative John J. Viola (D, Leg. Dis. 26)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8187, (302) 598-8311; Fax: (302) 577-6701

Representative Dennis E. Williams (D, Leg. Dis. 10)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476, (302) 373-0115; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative David L. Wilson (R, Leg. Dis. 35)
Phone: (302) 744-4150, (302) 422-9270; Fax: (302) 739-2773, (302) 422-0462


House Health and Human Development Committee:

Comma delimited email list:  michael.barbieri@state.de.us, rebecca.walker@state.de.us, donald.blakey@state.de.us, ruth.briggsking@state.de.us, ruthbriggsking@aol.com, timothy.dukes@state.de.us, ptdukes@gmail.com, quinton.johnson@state.de.us, john.kowalko@state.de.us, kowalkoforthe25th@gmail.com, joseph.miro@state.de.us, edward.osienski@state.de.us, charles.potter@state.de.us, darryl.scott@state.de.us, kimberly.williams@state.de.us

Representative Michael A. Barbieri (D, Leg. Dis. 18)
Phone: (302) 744-4279, (302) 577-8342, (302) 420-6564

Representative Rebecca Walker (D, Leg. Dis. 9)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative Donald A. Blakey (R, Leg. Dis. 34)
Phone: (302) 744-4171

Representative Ruth Briggs King (R, Leg. Dis. 37)
Phone: (302) 744-4251, (302) 856-2772; Fax: (302) 739-2773

Representative Timothy D. Dukes (R, Leg. Dis. 40)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 280-6344, (443) 235-9806; Fax: (302) 280-6344

Representative Earl G. Jaques Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 27)
Phone: (302) 744-4142, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative S. Quinton Johnson (D, Leg. Dis. 8)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313

Representative John A. Kowalko Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 25)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8342, (302) 737-2396, (302) 547-9351
Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Joseph E. Miro (R, Leg. Dis. 22)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 577-8723

Representative Edward S. Osienski (D, Leg. Dis. 24)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302)-577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701

Representative Charles Potter Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 1)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-5312, (302) 762-8322; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 652-2411

Representative Darryl M. Scott (D, Leg. Dis. 31)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 735-1781

Representative Kimberly Williams (D, Leg. Dis. 19)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476



4 comments:

  1. Update: Rescheduled for 05/14/2014 3:00pm

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  2. Here is what I wrote to everyone on the list:

    I am a former Delaware resident (20 years+) and plan to move back this year. However, if HB309 passes, I will remain in Florida so that I can enjoy my right to use a safe alternative to tobacco. I was a smoker for over 45 years when I discovered electronic cigarettes and I'm now a healthier and happier person. I'm thrilled that I no longer bother anyone else with my smoking, and my house and clothes smell clean and fresh. I always use an e-cig liquid which has a pleasant aroma and enjoy being able to once again socialize in public places. If you ban this right to use electronic cigarettes, it will not only alienate those who have make the switch to this safe alternative, but it Delaware businesses will once again suffer the loss of our patronage.

    Please don't jump on this 'bandwagon' which will only allow the federal government to attempt to regulate and then overtax a product. We who have switched to electronic cigarettes have done so because it is a safe and less expensive alternative, and it allows us to have the freedom to enjoy smoking in public once again. If we are not hurting anyone, why would you deny us this right? It is a proven fact that there is no 'secondhand smoke' and nearly 80% in a public poll do not find it offensive in any way.

    Although e-cigs are not considered to be a method for quitting smoking, I personally know of many people who have tapered down their nicotine usage and even quit smoking with the use of electronic cigarettes. E-cigs also have the added advantage that they do not pollute the environment (i.e. smoke and cigarette butts). I personally do not feel that e-cigs should be sold to minors under the age of 18 but there should be no restrictions on adults who choose to use nicotine in a responsible manner.

    Please consider these facts which are posted on the CASAA site:
    (Here I copied and pasted the CASAA comments which were recommended)

    I implore that you stop HB 309 and instead encourage the use of electronic cigarettes as an immediate alternative to tobacco products. In the meantime, I shall choose to remain a resident of Florida until HB 309 is rejected.

    Yours in health,

    XXXXXXXXXX

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  3. Unless I'm missing something , this doesn't seem to be getting much attention. These kinds of state statutes seem to pose an even greater threat than the FDA's proposed deeming regulations. ("Deeming." Sheesh. How is that a word? I'm starting to sound like a bureaucratic geek.)

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