Vapers, we need your help! The Evanston City Council (Chicago suburb) will hear testimony and likely vote on a vaping ban this coming Monday, October 14. The hearing will take place around 7:30 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. in Evanston, IL. The Ordinance No. 80-0-13 would prohibit the sale of e-cigs and e-liquid to minors, but ALSO ban vaping wherever smoking is banned in the city. While we and CASAA support banning e-cigarette 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, e-cigs 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 protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) 2. Attend the hearing this coming Monday, Oct. 14. 3. Share this info and blog post with everyone you know. Sample email: 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 e-cig 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 e-cigs have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-cigs are comparable to other smokeless nicotine products. The low risks of e-cigs 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 an 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 e-cig 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, the passage of an e-cigarette usage ban would even prohibit e-cig use inside a store that exclusively sells e-cigs. 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 e-cigs. 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. Please visit the website and the CASAA Research Library for more information. Sincerely,   ___________________ ********** 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!