Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Local Alert - Chautauqua Co., NY - Take action to oppose tobacco and vapor 21 law

Chautauqua Co., NY


Update - 04.26.16

Local Law 2-16, which would raise the minimum age to purchase ALL tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21, is on the agenda for the legislature’s meeting on

6:30 PM

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Although there may not be an opportunity to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by and and engaged in this issue.

Take an opportunity now to send a message* to Kathy Tampio, Clerk of the Legislature:
*Please note, you will receive a verification email in response. Please follow the directions so that your email is sent.

We have provided talking points and additional contact information for county legislators below. For more background on Tobacco 21 laws, please see CASAA's recent statement here.


Original Post - 03.21.16

The County Legislature will meet to consider a new local law (introductory number 2-16) which would raise the age to purchase ALL tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21.


The legislature will meet on
6:30 PM


Please make plans to attend this hearing. Although there may not be an opportunity to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by and and engaged in this issue.


Take an opportunity now to send a message* to Kathy Tampio, Clerk of the Legislature:
*Please note, you will receive a verification email in response. Please follow the directions so that your email is sent.


We have provided talking points and additional contact information for county legislators below. For more background on Tobacco 21 laws, please see CASAA's recent statement here.

Chautauqua Co., NY - County Legislature
Dist
Legislator
Email
Phone
17
Frank "Jay" Gould
(Chairman)
fjgould@windstream.net
716-763-0291
1
Kevin Muldowney
kevinjmuldowney@gmail.com
716-680-2207
2
Robert Bankoski
tbankoski@roadrunner.com
716-366-0141
3
Bob Scudder
fredhdwe@netsync.net
716-673-1704
4
Christine Starks
suddenlysighted@gmail.com
716-338-2435
5
Terry Niebel
niebelrealty@netsync.net
716-672-4609
6
George Borrello
borrello@aol.com
716-913-8885
7
Mark Odell
Modell2@stny.rr.com
716-792-6577
8
Pierre Chagnon
pierrechagnon@windstream.net
716-499-6332
9
Charles Nazzaro
chuckn@netsync.net
716-484-8548
10
Paul Wendel
legislatorpj@yahoo.com
716-763-0042
11
David Wilfong
Dwilfong@Rehabcenter.org
716-488-1499
12
Elisabeth Rankin
rankincountyleg@gmail.com
716-397-9194
13
Paul Whitford
pauldwhitford@hotmail.com
716-664-5886
14
Mark Tarbrake
tarbsox@yahoo.com
716-484-0719
15
Lisa Vanstrom
Vanstrom@gmail.com
716-665-7072
16
Ronald Lemon
rlemon1@stny.rr.com
716-569-5943
18
David Himelein
dhjrh@fairpoint.net
716-769-7249
19
John Hemmer
jm_hemmer@msn.com
716-326-3504


Comma delimited email list:
TampioK@co.chautauqua.ny.us, fjgould@windstream.net, kevinjmuldowney@gmail.com, tbankoski@roadrunner.com, fredhdwe@netsync.net, suddenlysighted@gmail.com, niebelrealty@netsync.net, borrello@aol.com, Modell2@stny.rr.com, pierrechagnon@windstream.net, chuckn@netsync.net, legislatorpj@yahoo.com, Dwilfong@Rehabcenter.org, rankincountyleg@gmail.com, pauldwhitford@hotmail.com, tarbsox@yahoo.com, Vanstrom@gmail.com, rlemon1@stny.rr.com, dhjrh@fairpoint.net, jm_hemmer@msn.com


Suggested Talking Points - Tobacco (and vapor) 21


  1. Raising the purchase age for tobacco products to 21 is supposedly about discouraging youth initiation and protecting them from developing a dependence on smoking that might last throughout their adult lives. However, enacting such policies without separating low-risk, smoke-free products from traditional cigarettes severely limits options for current adult smokers between the ages of 18 and 21 to find a pathway to quitting smoking.


  1. In a few sentences, tell your story about how low-risk, smoke-free vapor products or tobacco products have helped you.


  1. Including low-risk products like e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in these types of laws sends a confusing and inaccurate message to adult smokers that smoke-free products are just as harmful as smoking.


  1. Tobacco 21 treats adults, who are capable enough to serve in the military, sign contracts, and elect decision-makers to public office, as incapable of making the distinction between risky and less risky behavior.


  1. While smoked tobacco products are alleged to be highly addictive, the opposite appears to be true for products like the nicotine gum, nicotine patch, and other smoke-free products like vapor products.
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