Monday, May 18, 2015

Madison, WI - Local Call to Action: Oppose an ordinance that would limit adult access to vapor products

(Update - 05.18.15)

An ordinance that would regulate vapor retail shops as tobacco shops has been scheduled for a public hearing on

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Room 201 (City-County Building)

Although this ordinance has been amended to allow “tobacco shops” -- which would include vapor shops under the proposed ordinance -- currently located in affected areas to remain in business, this measure would still deceptively classify vapor products as tobacco products (both e-liquid and devices).

Please take a moment now to email and call Madison City Council members and urge them to pursue a regulatory scheme for vapor retailers separate from tobacco regulations. We have provided contact information and talking points below.


City of Madison - Common Council
Dist
Alder
Email
Phone
1
Barbara McKinney
district1@cityofmadison.com
608-829-0635
2
Ledell Zellers
district2@cityofmadison.com
608-417-9521
3
Amanda Hall
district3@cityofmadison.com
608-535-2584
4
Michael E. Verveer
district4@cityofmadison.com
608-255-6498
5
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
district5@cityofmadison.com
608-220-6986
6
Marsha A. Rummel
district6@cityofmadison.com
608-772-4555
7
Steve King
district7@cityofmadison.com
608-235-9868
8
Zach Wood
district8@cityofmadison.com
608-469-5523
9
Paul E. Skidmore
district9@cityofmadison.com
608-829-3425
10
Maurice S. Cheeks
Council President Pro Tem
district10@cityofmadison.com
608-620-1994
11
Chris Schmidt
district11@cityofmadison.com
608-238-7494
12
Larry Palm
district12@cityofmadison.com
608-692-8416
13
Sara Eskrich
district13@cityofmadison.com
608-669-6979
14
Sheri Carter
district14@cityofmadison.com
608-698-6027
15
David Ahrens
district15@cityofmadison.com
608-334-1156
16
Denise DeMarb
Council President
district16@cityofmadison.com
608-358-3195
17
Samba Baldeh
district17@cityofmadison.com
608-501-1424
18
Rebecca Kemble
district18@cityofmadison.com
608-347-8097
19
Mark Clear
district19@cityofmadison.com
608-695-5709
20
Matthew J. Phair
district20@cityofmadison.com
608-772-1187

Comma delimited email list:
district1@cityofmadison.com, district2@cityofmadison.com, district3@cityofmadison.com, district4@cityofmadison.com, district5@cityofmadison.com, district6@cityofmadison.com, district7@cityofmadison.com, district8@cityofmadison.com, district9@cityofmadison.com, district10@cityofmadison.com, district11@cityofmadison.com, district12@cityofmadison.com, district13@cityofmadison.com, district14@cityofmadison.com, district15@cityofmadison.com, district16@cityofmadison.com, district17@cityofmadison.com, district18@cityofmadison.com, district19@cityofmadison.com, district20@cityofmadison.com


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 vapor retailer regulatory scheme. Regulations for tobacco retailers are notably more restrictive due to the risks associated with smoking.


(Original Post - 03.22.15)

An ordinance has been introduced in Madison that would amend its tobacco zoning and licensing rules to include e-cigarette retailers.  This matter is on the Plan Commission agenda (Item 15) for MONDAY, March 23rd at 5:30 PM. Please make plans to attend this hearing.

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Room 201 (City-County Building)

If adopted, this ordinance would shut down at least 16 Madison vapor and tobacco/vapor stores, as well as impact other stores of any kind that sell tobacco, based on their proximities to parks, churches, healthcare facilities, schools, playgrounds, daycare facilities, or youth centers.  For more details, please see the WSAC Call to Action here.

  • Take Action to Oppose this ordinance - Send an Email

It is imperative that ALL Madison and Wisconsin e-cigarette shops, wholesalers and consumers oppose this ordinance, as this will set a precedent that will be used in other cities around the state!

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Note: Public Hearing items may be called at any time after the beginning of the public hearing. Those wishing to speak on an item must fill out a registration slip and give it to the Secretary. The Plan Commission uses a consent agenda, which means that the Commission can consider any item at 5:45 PM where there are no registrants wishing to speak in opposition regardless of its placement on the agenda. (Even if you do not plan on testifying, please attend this hearing.  Large numbers of people demonstrate how many are engaged in and affected by this issue.)


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(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

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