(Update - 05.16.15)
An ordinance that would redefine “tobacco products” to include “alternative nicotine products” and require vapor retailers to acquire a tobacco retailer license is moving toward adoption on
Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center
400 S. Eagle St.
Please note that this ordinance is not scheduled for a public hearing. It is imperative that Naperville area vapers take action by sending emails and making phone calls to city council members. We have provided updated contact information and talking points below.
(Update - 03.16.15)
Naperville City Council will meet TUESDAY 3/17/15 at 7:00PM (CST) in Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. and hear a second reading of an ordinance that would alter the definition of tobacco products to include “alternative nicotine products.”
(Update - 03.10.15)
There will be a second reading of this ordinance on 3/17/2015 @ 7:00 PM (400 S. Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540).
Naperville City Council will meet TUESDAY 3/3/15 at 7:00PM (CST) in Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. and hear a first reading of an ordinance that would alter the definition of tobacco products to include “alternative nicotine products.” By making this change, Naperville would be adding the use of e-cigarettes to their existing indoor smoking law which would prohibit use in hundreds of businesses and workplaces. This bill would also require vapor retailers to obtain a “tobacco dealer’s license.”
Please take action now by sending emails and making phone calls to members of the city council and the mayor of Naperville. Please see talking points below.
Naperville, IL - City Council
(Updated - 05.16.15)
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Suggested Talking Points - Tobacco Retail License
- Including low-risk, smoke-free products like e-cigarettes in tobacco regulations sends a confusing message to existing smokers that these products are just as harmful as continuing to smoke. We know from a growing body of science that:
- these products are 99% less risky than traditional cigarettes,
- they are helping more than several million people worldwide to eliminate or reduce their smoking habit
- adult awareness of these low-risk, smoke-free alternatives is declining due to confusing laws and misinformation campaigns.
- If “licensing” or “registration” is the only way the city feels they can enforce a ban on sales to minors, vapor retailers should be regulated under a separate regulatory scheme. Regulations for tobacco retailers are notably more restrictive due to the risks associated with smoking and it would be inappropriate to apply them to low-risk vapor products.