While we and CASAA support banning ecigarette sales to minors, there is no urgent need for a local law because an Illinois law banning sales to minors will soon take effect. There is absolutely no justification for the Government of Evanston to prohibit the use of a product that does not create smoke or harm others.
If Evanston bans vaping wherever smoking is banned, ecigs could not be used in thousands of workplaces, stores, bars, and restaurants in Evanston. It would even forbid vaping inside ecig stores! See page 406 for the proposed ordinance in this meeting agenda.
What we need you to do:
1. Please contact the Council members and encourage them to vote NO on Ordinance No. 80-0-13. (Member email addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Attend the hearing this coming Monday, Oct. 14.
3. Share this info and blog post with everyone you know.
Feel free to personalize this sample email, or write your own. Just be sure to be respectful.
Dear Council Members,
I am from _________. I fully support the banning of electronic cigarettes to minors (a law already passed by the Illinois State Legislature), but you should not ban ecig use where smoking is banned.
I switched from smoking cigarettes to e-cigarettes because ________________. They have changed my life by _______________.
Smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but ecigs have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with ecigs is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.
The low risks of ecigs is supported by research performed by Boston University’s Dr. Siegel, Virginia Commonwealth’s Dr. Eissenberg, Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Dr. Maciej L. Goniewicz, Health New Zealand’s Dr. Laugesen, Drexel University’s Dr. Igor Burstyn, and by the fact that the FDA testing, in spite of a press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor.
For example, a study by the Roswell Park Center that was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the levels of chemicals and toxicants in the vapor produced by 12 different e-cigarettes 9-450x less than in cigarette smoke. The authors noted that the trace levels of chemicals present were comparable to what is found in a FDA-approved nicotine inhaler.
Additionally, a comprehensive review by a Drexel University professor based on over 9,000 observations of e-cigarette liquid and vapor found “no apparent concern” for bystanders exposed to ecig vapor, even under “worst case” assumptions about exposure.
While there are several e-cigarette exclusive stores that are contributing to the local economy of Chicago, passage of en e-cigarette usage ban would even prohibit e-cig use inside a store that exclusively sells ecigs.
It’s easy to tell the difference between someone using an electronic cigarette and someone smoking a real cigarette. When someone lights a cigarette, the smell of smoke is easily detected. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes is practically odorless, and any detectable odor is not unpleasant and doesn’t smell at all like smoke. With so little evidence of use, it would be nearly impossible to enforce indoor bans on using ecigs.
The ability to use electronic cigarettes in public places will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users show that most people who switch, completely replace tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%.
By switching to a smokeless product, I have greatly reduced my health risks.
HUGE thank you to CASAA for consistently researching and taking action against legislative issues surrounding the electronic cigarette industry and providing the necessary information to us! Vapor4Life encourages vapers to make a contribution to this grassroots organization so they can continue to help us keep on vapin’!
Let’s work together to stop this ban from happening!