Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Saint Paul, MN - Local Alert! Take Action to oppose flavor restrictions.

Saint Paul, MN
[Updated to reflect meeting time change]

An ordinance (ORD 15-57) has been introduced that would prohibit the sale of flavored vapor products with the exception of tobacco, menthol, mint, and wintergreen. Although specialty tobacco and vapor shops are exempt from this prohibition, other common retail locations that often provide the first exposure a smoker will have to smoke-free alternatives will be prohibited from selling the wider range of more effective products.

Please take this opportunity to contact City Council members. We have provided contact information and talking points below. We have also provided a fully editable, pre-written email you can send right now to all councilmembers.

Oppose Saint Paul’s Flavor Ban - Send an Email

Please make plans to attend the public hearing on the 18th. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large number of people affected by this issue.

3:30 PM
15 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul, MN 55102

(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.

(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.

Saint Paul, MN
City Council
Council Member

Dai Thao
(651) 266-8610
Dave Thune
(651) 266-8620
Chris Tolbert
(651) 266-8630
Russ Stark
(651) 266-8640
Amy Brendmoen
(651) 266-8650
Dan Bostrom
(651) 266-8660
Bill Finney
(651) 266-8670
Ward Map

Comma delimited email list:

ward1@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward2@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward3@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward4@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward5@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us, ward7@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Suggested Talking Points - Flavor Regulation

1) Please briefly share your story about switching to vapor products. Be sure to mention the role, if any, that the variety of flavored vapor products played in your transition. It would also be helpful to mention your first exposure to e-cigarettes; did you purchase a product from a convenience store or gas station or did you instinctively know to go to a specialty vapor store?

2) We know from recent surveys that adults prefer flavors other than traditional tobacco and menthol (http://vaping.com/data/big-survey-2014-initial-findings-eliquid), (http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/10/12/7272)

3) Flavors are an important aspect of vapor products as they help former smokers disassociate nicotine consumption from inhaling smoke.

4) Prohibiting flavor options creates a barrier to becoming smoke free and, as a result, many adult residents will actually be encouraged to continue smoking instead of making the switch to a product that is estimated to be 99% less hazardous than smoking.

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