Next Monday (2/24), Los Angeles City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River Committee expects to consider an ordinance that would ban use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited. This will take place at its next regular meeting, in room 1060, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. We need your help to prevent this from happening!
Contact council members by phone or email, and attend the hearing to offer testimony. Here are some things you can talk about to help our case:
1. You are a Los Angeles, Los Angeles area, or California resident, and you would like them to OPPOSE the proposed ordinance which would ban smoke-free e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited. (If you are responding to this Call to Action and are not a state resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, like if you travel to Los Angeles on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)
2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.
3. Explain that smoking bans are created to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-cigarettes are comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.
The low risks of e-cigarettes is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth, Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand, Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University, and by the FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor.
A comprehensive review conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health based on over 9,000 observations of e-cigarette liquid and vapor found “no apparent concern” for bystanders exposed to e-cigarette vapor, even under “worst case” assumptions about exposure.
Electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke. Additionally, e-cigarette users can decide whether to release any vapor (“discreet vaping”). With so little evidence of use, enforcing use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.
The ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users show that most of those who switch completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by an estimated 99%.
By switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.
While e-mails are easier, phone calls will have a larger impact, even if you are simply leaving a message after hours. But if you want to email the members, you can easily copy and paste this list: councilmember.cedillo@laci
District 1 – Gil Cedillo, (213)473-7001, councilmember.cedillo@laci
District 2 – Paul Krekorian, 213-473-7002, councilmember.krekorian@la
District 3 – Bob Blumenfield, 213-473-7003, councilmember.blumenfield@
District 4 – Tom LaBonge, 213-473-7004, councilmember.Labonge@laci
District 5 – Paul Koretz, 213-473-7005, email@example.com
District 6 – Nury Martinez, 213-473-7006, councilmember.martinez@lac
District 7 – Felipe Fuentez, 213-473-7007, councilmember.fuentes@laci
District 8 – Bernard Parks, 213-473-7008, councilmember.parks@lacity
District 9 – Curren Price Jr., 213-473-7009, councilmember.price@lacity
District 10 – Herb J. Wesson, 213-473-7010, councilmember.wesson@lacit
District 11 – Mike Bonin, 213-473-7011, councilmember.bonin@lacity
District 12 – Mitch Englander, 213-473-7012, councilmember.englander@la
District 13 – Mitch O’Farrell, 213-473-7013, councilmember.ofarrell@lac
District 14 – Jose Huizar, (213) 473-7014, councilmember.huizar@lacit
District 15 – Joe Buscaino, 213-473-7015, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help informing the City Council about how e-cigs help people, and why they shouldn’t be banned!