Thursday, December 4, 2014

Call to Action! Wauwatosa, Wisconsin E-cigarette Use Ban! (CONCLUDED)

(Note: this is a reposting of a Call to Action created by the Wisconsin Smoke-free Alternatives Coalition)

UPDATE 12/11/2014

Note from WSAC:
"Thanks to the efforts of Wisconsin and Minnesota advocates and CASAA, the Wauwatosa City Council has decided not to include vapor products in the City's smoking ordinance at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and alert Wisconsin residents if there is any further action taken. If you are a Wisconsin vaper, smoke-free user or THR advocate, please consider joining WSAC to get involved in local advocacy efforts. You can find us on Facebook or at http://wsac4wi.wordpress.com"

Wauwatosa Health Officer Nancy Kreuser is urging the city to pass an ordinance that would prohibit smoking with electronic devices in public places, and also prohibit the sale of such devices to minors. The State of Wisconsin already prohibits the sale of nicotine products to minors, however, WSAC does not oppose also prohibiting the sale of devices to minors.

The Community Development Committee considered Kreuser's proposed ordinance Nov. 25, and voted 3-3 on a recommendation to approve it. That meant it got introduced to the Common Council Dec. 2, but it will go back to the committee, likely December 9, 2014.

Location:   City of Wauwatosa
                  7725 W. North Avenue
                  Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Where:   Committee Room #1  
When: Second and last Tuesday of each month
Time: 7:00 pm

The public is welcome (and strongly encouragd) to attend these meetings and address the lawmakers with their concerns and comments. Arrive early to sign up on the registration form to speak.


ADVOCACY SUGGESTIONS



1)  Email and call the Wauwatosa Community Development Committee and Common Council members (listed below) to explain why you oppose efforts to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, and (2) attend any meetings and offer testimony in opposition to efforts to define smoke-free e-cigarette use as smoking (see Suggested Talking Points listed below.)

2) Contact local media (television station producers and newspaper editors) to tell your story and explain why this ordinance is bad for public health and actually encourages smokers to keep smoking.

3) Post comments on online news stories about this proposed ordinance telling your story and why you oppose the ordinance (see partial  list below.)

4) For social networking users, the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the Common Council alders have also been included with their contact information. Let them know how you feel!

5) Share this blog post on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google +)  and in any area vaping groups. Get your supportive family members and frioends to also share!

If you are on Facebook and want to get more involved, be sure to join (click here) the Wisconsin Smoke-free Alternatives Coalition group.

6) Contact all of your local vape shops and let them know that they need to fight this ordinance (no more vaping in their shop.) Retailers can contact their customers, make them aware of the proposed ordinance and get them to attend hearings.

7) Even if you do not wish to speak publicly, be sure to attend meetings and rallies as an audience member to show a strong, united front and to make clear to the media and lawmakers that such actions are hurting real people.

(See Massachusetts town snuffs out tobacco ban after outcry as an example of what a strong show of opposition can do, but please always remain calm and respectful. What ultimately changed changed minds in this case was the sheer numbers of people showing up, not the disruption of the proceedings.)

As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping during any meetings with lawmakers and/or media (unless requested), avoid the use of "vape slang" (ie. "juice") and foul language, and act in an otherwise respectful manner.


DOCUMENTATION AND LINKS

Proposed ordinance:
http://wauwatosacitywi.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1379&Inline=True (Pages 45 - 54)

Video: November 25th Community Development Committee - E-cigarettes

News Coverage (Please leave a comment, even on the positive stories!):

http://www.wauwatosanow.com/news/wauwatosa-health-officials-say-e-cigarettes-should-be-banned-inside-public-spaces-b99401861z1-284591551.html


SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

1. You are a Wauwatosa, Wauwatosa-area or Wisconsin resident (or business/employee) and you oppose banning e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited. (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  on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life. (Avoid using slang terms such as "juice.")

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. The FDA tests of 2009, which reported "detecting" carcinogens, toxins and diethylene glycol (DEG) in e-cigarette liquid (but not in the  vapor) were later found to be highly exaggerated. The extremely low levels of "carcinogens" detected were similar to those found in FDA-approved nicotine products (gum, patch.) There were no "toxins" found other than the DEG detected in just one of the 18 samples, which was at an extremely low, non-toxic level and in a product that is no longer sold in the U.S. Dozens of studies have since determined that, although impurities can be found, there is no risk to users or bystanders from the infinitesimal amounts detected.

d.  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.

e.  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.

f.  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%.

g. By making e-cigarette users go outdoors, the City will be sending a strong message to traditional smokers that e-cigarettes are no safer than smoking. This will actually maintain the number of smokers in Madison, rather than help reduce smoking. This is a far more realistic risk to public health than any unfounded concerns about possible youth or non-smoker use uptake.

In fact, the most recent report by the CDC showed that the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use over that past 3 years has not led to an increase in youth smoking. Youth smoking of traditional cigarttes continues to decline to record low levels.

h. E-cigarette use does not promote the smoking of traditional cigarettes, nor does it threaten the gains of tobacco control over the past few decades. In fact, by normalizing e-cigarette use over traditional smoking, the efforts of tobacco control are being supported. If anything, e-cigarette use denormalizes conventional smoking by setting the example of smokers choosing a far less harmful alternative to traditional smoking. The CDC surveys clearly show that there has been no "gateway effect" causing non-smokers to start smoking. As e-cigarettes have become more popular, all available evidence is showing that more and more smokers are quitting traditional cigarettes, including youth smokers.

i. Important Note: A typical and frequent lawmaker response to e-cigarette users who object to public use bans is "We aren't banning all use or sales, just use where smoking is also prohibited."

Don't give them the opportunity to counter you in that way! Make it very clear that you understand that this is not a ban of e-cigarette sales or a ban of e-cigarette use where smoking is allowed, but that what IS proposed is still a step backward in public health, not a step forward.

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


CONTACT LISTS

Wauwatosa Community Development Committee

Ald. Bobby Pantuso, Chair (Supports ban)
Alderman - District 5
Email: bpantuso@wauwatosa.net
2365 N. Lefeber Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 736-5700
Twitter: @AldermanBobby
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AldermanBobbyPantuso

Ald. Cheryl Berdan, Vice Chair (Opposes ban)
Alderman - District 7
Email: cberdan@wauwatosa.net
2049 N. 114th St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
Ph: (414) 550-0184
Twitter: @Cherylberdan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.berdan

Ald. Michael Walsh
Alderman - District 4
Email: mwalsh@wauwatosa.net
7310 Grand Parkway
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 477-2830  
          
Ald. Craig Wilson  (Opposes ban)
Alderman - District 8
Email: cwilson@wauwatosa.net
4172 Menomonee River Pkwy.
Wauwatosa, WI  53222
Ph: (414) 745-5188
Twitter:
Facebook:      

Ald. Allison Byrne        
Alderwoman - District 6
Email: abyrne@wauwatosa.net
2368 N. 91st Street
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
Ph: (414) 531-2862
   
Ald. Matthew Stippich
Alderman - District 1
Email: mstippich@wauwatosa.net
2220 Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (262) 345-7847

Ald. Tim Hanson    
Alderman - District 3
Email: thanson@wauwatosa.net
352 N. 115th St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 617-2950

Ald. Kathleen Causier
Alderwoman - District 2
Email: kcausier@wauwatosa.net
8213 Aberdeen Ct.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 771-0123



Comma Delmited List: cberdan@wauwatosa.net, bpantuso@wauwatosa.net, mwalsh@wauwatosa.net, cwilson@wauwatosa.net, abyrne@wauwatosa.net, mstippich@wauwatosa.net, thanson@wauwatosa.net, kcausier@wauwatosa.net



Wauwatosa City Council

In addition to the aldermen and women listed above:

Ald. James R. Moldenhauer
Alderman - District 1
email: jmoldenhauer@wauwatosa.net
6925 W. Lloyd St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 453-8821

Ald. John J. Dubinski
Alderman - District 2
Email: jdubinski@wauwatosa.net
7921 Milwaukee Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 708-9978

Ald. Gregory Walz-Chojnacki
Alderman - District 3
Email: gwalzchojnacki@wauwatosa.net
8007 Portland Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
Ph: (414) 475-0260

Ald. Dennis McBride
Alderman - District 4
Email: dmcbride@wauwatosa.net
Council President
7003 Cedar St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 391-1140

Ald. Joel Tilleson
Alderman - District 5
Email: jtilleson@wauwatosa.net
7915 W. Clarke St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
(414) 316-2120

Ald. Jeffrey Roznowski
Alderman - District 6
Email: jroznowski@wauwatosa.net
2609 N. 82nd St.
Wauwatosa, WI  53213
Ph: (414) 258-0633

Ald. Jason Kofroth
Alderman - District 7
Email: jkofroth@wauwatosa.net
2101 N. 116th Street
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
Ph: (414) 687-6267

Ald. Jason Wilke
Alderman - District 8
Email: jwilke@wauwatosa.net
10409 W. Woodward Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI  53225
Ph: (414) 520-1962

Comma Delimited List: jmoldenhauer@wauwatosa.net, jdubinski@wauwatosa.net, gwalzchojnacki@wauwatosa.net, dmcbride@wauwatosa.net, jtilleson@wauwatosa.net, jroznowski@wauwatosa.net, jkofroth@wauwatosa.net, jwilke@wauwatosa.net

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