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Call to Action! Delaware Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Use Wherever Smoking is Prohibited


UPDATE 4/30/14 P.M.:  Due to the massive number of emails and calls from vapers generated by this Call to Action, the House Health and Human Development Committee has postponed the hearing on HB 309.  The new hearing date will likely be Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.  We will update this call to action as more information becomes available.

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Introduced late yesterday (4/29/14) and set for a hearing today (4/30/14) before the House Health and Human Development Committee, HB 309 seeks to amend Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act to treat smoke-free e-cigarette use the same as smoking.  Delware citizens should be outraged at the lack of notice, a clear attempt to eliminate any honest discussion on the issue.

We appreciate that given the lack of notice, it is impossible for most people to attend a hearing today.  However, if you can, please attend the hearing at 2:30 p.m., House Chambers inside the Legislative Hall (411 Legislative Ave, Dover, DE).  

Whether or not you can attend the hearing today, Delaware vapers and harm reduction advocates are urged to take IMMEDIATE ACTION to call and email members of the House Health and Human Development Committee to express opposition to this bill and the lack of notice.

If enacted, HB 309 would:
Prohibit the use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes wherever "smoking" is banned
HB 309
Committee Meeting Notice

Please contact the members of the House Health and Human Development Committee and your representative and let them know:

1. You are a resident of Delaware, and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE including smoke-free e-cigarette use within the definition of "smoking."  (If you are responding to this Call to Action and are not a state resident, please mention any connection you have to the area, for example, you travel to Delaware on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)

  

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life. (You can stop here -- short and respectful letters are helpful, but if you wish to write more, see below for possible points to discuss)


3. Explain that:

Smoking bans are supposedly enacted 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 fact that 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. 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 indicate that the majority 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. 4. Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information. 

5. Include your name and address at the end of your letter. 

House Health and Human Development Committee:

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Representative Michael A. Barbieri (D, Leg. Dis. 18)
Phone: (302) 744-4279, (302) 577-8342, (302) 420-6564
Representative Rebecca Walker (D, Leg. Dis. 9)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313
Representative Donald A. Blakey (R, Leg. Dis. 34)
Representative Ruth Briggs King (R, Leg. Dis. 37)
Phone: (302) 744-4251, (302) 856-2772; Fax: (302) 739-2773
Representative Timothy D. Dukes (R, Leg. Dis. 40)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 280-6344, (443) 235-9806; Fax: (302) 280-6344
Representative Earl G. Jaques Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 27)
Phone: (302) 744-4142, (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313
Representative S. Quinton Johnson (D, Leg. Dis. 8)
Phone: (302) 744-4351; (302) 577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313
Representative John A. Kowalko Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 25)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8342, (302) 737-2396, (302) 547-9351
Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701
Representative Joseph E. Miro (R, Leg. Dis. 22)
Phone: (302) 744-4171, (302) 577-8723
Representative Edward S. Osienski (D, Leg. Dis. 24)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302)-577-8476; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 577-6701
Representative Charles Potter Jr. (D, Leg. Dis. 1)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-5312, (302) 762-8322; Fax: (302) 739-2313, (302) 652-2411
Representative Darryl M. Scott (D, Leg. Dis. 31)
Phone:  (302) 744-4351, (302) 735-1781
Representative Kimberly Williams (D, Leg. Dis. 19)
Phone: (302) 744-4351, (302) 577-8476
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