Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Local Alert! Oceanside, California - E-Cigarette Usage Ban

The City of Oceanside is poised to deceptively define smoke-free e-cigarette use as "smoking."  The ordinance is set for a public hearing (and is expected to be voted on) TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. (300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA  92054).  

Please (1) email and call the mayor and members of the City Council to explain why you oppose efforts to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, and (2) attend the meeting and offer testimony in opposition to efforts to define smoke-free e-cigarette use as smoking.
(As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping during the City Council meeting.)

CASAA strongly encourages vapers to call and email the mayor and members of the City Council.
What to say:
  1. You are a Oceanside, Oceanside-area, or California  resident and while you support bans on sales to minors, 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 Oceanside 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. Clarify that: 
a.  Smoking bans are ostensibly enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been found to pose a risk 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.

b.  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.

c.  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.

d.  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.

e.  The ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch and reduce their health risks by an estimated 99%.

4.  Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.

Contact Information for the  Mayor and City Council:
Comma delimited email list: jwood@ci.oceanside.ca.us, esanchez@ci.oceanside.ca.us, jkern@ci.oceanside.ca.us, gfelien@ci.oceanside.ca.us, jfeller@ci.oceanside.ca.us

Jim Wood, Mayor

Esther C. Sanchez, Deputy Mayor
Jerome M. Kern, Councilmember

Gary Felien, Councilmember

Jack Feller, Councilmember

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