Sunday, March 20, 2016

Local Alert - Gardner, KS - Oppose a Tobacco and Vapor 21 ordinance

Gardner, KS

The city council will hold a public hearing to consider raising the age to purchase all tobacco AND vapor products to 21 on

7:00 PM
Gardner City Hall, 120 East Main Street
Gardner, KS  66030

Please make plans to attend this hearing.

Please also take this opportunity to contact your city officials and urge them to oppose this ordinance. We have provided talking points and contact information below. Make sure to cc the city clerk (cityclerk@gardnerkansas.gov) to ensure your comments are seen by the entire city council.

For more background on Tobacco & Vapor 21 laws, please read CASAA’s recent statement on this issue here.

Gardner, KS - City Council
Mayor
Chirs Morrow
cmorrow@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939

Kristy Harrison
kharrison@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939
Council VP
Todd Winters
twinters@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939

Lee Moore
lmoore@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939
Council President
Steve Shute
sshute@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939

Rich Melton
rmelton@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0939
City Clerk
Jeanne Koontz
cityclerk@gardnerkansas.gov
(913) 856-0945

Comma delimited email list:
cmorrow@gardnerkansas.gov, kharrison@gardnerkansas.gov, twinters@gardnerkansas.gov, lmoore@gardnerkansas.gov, sshute@gardnerkansas.gov, rmelton@gardnerkansas.gov, cityclerk@gardnerkansas.gov


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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