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Local Alert! Scotts Valley, California Ordinance - E-Cigarette Use Ban

The City of Scotts Valley is poised to deceptively define smoke-free e-cigarette use as "smoking."  The ordinance is set for a second reading and vote on the Consent Calendar for TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. (City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066).  In addition to banning e-cigarette use as "smoking," the ordinance also bans sales to minors and bans location of retail tobacco stores (50% or more of annual gross receipts are from sale of tobacco and/or e-cigarette products) near schools.  (CASAA supports bans on sales to minors and does not object to reasonable restrictions regarding location of shops selling e-cigarettes or tobacco products.)

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Local Alert! Newton, Massachusetts Ordinance E-Cigarette Use Ban, Flavor Ban, Restrict Place of Sale, Increase Age of Purchase to 21

Last updated 4-15-14UPDATE 4-15-14 P.M.:  We have received confirmation that the flavor ban will NOT apply to retail tobacco stores or retail nicotine delivery product stores.  However, it would obviously apply to e-cigarettes that are sold in other retail establishments, and CASAA opposes laws which limit the availability of adult consumers to these legal products.  Rather then banning the sale of  e-cigarettes with characterizing flavors in convenience stores and other non-specialty retail settings, the Board of Aldermen should simply enforce bans on sales to minors.  UPDATE 4-15-14 A.M.:  The measure passed out of committee with a favorable vote, and now will be heard by the full Board of Aldermen on TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 at 7:45 P.M., Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02459).We do not expect that testimony will be allowed at the hearing, but we are asking vapers and harm reduction advocates to (1) attend the hearing to show opposition to the ordinance, and (2) phone, email, and ask to meet in person with members of the full Board of Aldermen.  (Contact information below.)The ordinance being considered by the Board of Aldermen on TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 would impose devastating restrictions on e-cigarettes within the city, including (1) banning flavors, (2) prohibiting e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited, (3) prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes wherever tobacco products can't be sold, and (4) raising the minimum purchase age to 21.  (CASAA currently does not take a position on this last issue, but members are free to express their views.)

Unlike most anti-e-cigarette ordinances in Massachusetts, this one is NOT being considered by the local Board of Health (who are appointed, not elected).  Rather, this is being considered by the Board of Aldermen, elected officials who should be accountable to their constituents.  

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So, You’re a Smoker…

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Call to Action! California Ban on Internet Sales (AB 1500) and Ban on E-Cigarette Usage (SB 648)

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Last updated 4/14/14.

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Clearing the Air About E-Liquid “Steeping”

I’m going to risk the age-old adage and make an assumption. I bet most of you reading this have explored other sites to learn about e-cigarettes. Maybe not to buy them (why on earth would you do that?), but rather to learn e-cig terminology, best practices and whatnot.

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Local Alert! Baytown, Texas E-Cigarette Usage Ban

The Baytown, Texas City Council is considering adoptingan ordinance that would ban e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited.  (The ordinance would also ban sales to minors,  a move which CASAA supports.)The City Council is considering four alternatives:Prohibit the sale, possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors, and/orProhibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where conventional cigarettes are prohibited; orProhibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where conventional cigarettes are prohibited except in "bars" (more than 51% of their revenue from alcoholic beverages); orTake no regulatory action at this time.

CASAA supports Option No. 1 (ban on sale, possession and use by minors).

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Call to Action! Alaska HB 360 Would Impose a Statewide Smoking Ban and Define E-Cigarette Use as "Smoking"

(last updated 4/11/2014)

4/11/14:  With less than 24 hours' notice, SB209 is being heard in the Senate Finance Committee via teleconference TODAY, 4/11/14, at 9:00 A.M. local time (1:00 P.M. Eastern).  Link to list of Senate Finance Committee Members.  (Click on individual names on that list for contact information.)4/8/14 update:  SB209 Senate Health & Social Services Committee hearing was canceled yesterday (4-7-14). The new hearing for this bill is tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, April 9th at 1:30 pm AST, 5:30pm EST.4/5/14 update:  SB209, which would ban smoking and e-cigarette use in workplaces in Alaska, moved out of the State Affairs Committee Friday (4/4/14) and has a hearing before the Health & Social Services Committee on Monday at 1:30 PM (5:30 PM EST) on Monday via teleconference.  (Link to Agenda)  Please be sure to send an email or make phone calls to the members of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee and, if you are a resident of Alaska,  plan on testifying via teleconference.

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CASAA presents at FDA listening session in San Diego

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San Diego -- April 5, 2014

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How to Pay-it-Forward with Your E-Cigarettes

Pay-it-Forward by swapping
Payit-Forward by Recycling
Just Pay-it-Forward!

I’m quickly approaching my three-year mark of being a vaper. One thing I realized after all this time is that it’s VERY easy to build up a large amount of batteries, cartridges and items you either didn’t like, or from which you’ve simply moved on.

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Call to Action! New York State Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Use Wherever Smoking is Prohibited

UPDATE 4/8/2014:  AB 8178 passed the Assembly Health Committee and is now pending in the Assembly Codes Committee.  Updated contact information provided in the Call to Action.

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Call to Action! New York State Bill Would Ban Sale of E-Cigarette Liquid

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The Passing of the Torch: A message from out-going CASAA President, Elaine Keller

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It has been my extreme pleasure and privilege to serve as president of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association for the past 2-1/2 years. But the time has come for me to devote more time to family, so I must relinquish some of my CASAA responsibilities. That's the bad news.

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Call to Action! New York State Bills Would Impose a 75% or 95% tax on E-Cigarettes and Raise the Tax on Low-Risk Smokeless Tobacco

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Call to Action! Vermont Bill Would Impose Massive 92% E-Cigarette Tax

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UPDATE 4/5/14:  H 884 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 P.M., 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633-5301 (Room 6)  Link to Agenda - Sections 25-27  Please (1) plan on attending and offering testimony,  (2) continue to contact members of the Senate Finance Committee, and (3) contact the members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which will also be considering e-cigarettes in connection with the tax proposal .  As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the State Capitol building.  Contact information for both Committees can be found below in the full Call to Action.From the Committee's website:  ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 15 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.UPDATE 3/28/14: As expected, the Vermont House passed the Miscellaneous Tax Bill (H.884).  This bill will now move onto the Senate Finance Committee. It is IMPERATIVE that vapers and harm reduction advocates make their voices heard NOW.Vermont is under a major attack.  With no notice to the public, the Vermont House Ways & Means Committee voted yesterday (Monday, March 24th) to amend the proposed Miscellaneous Tax Bill to add an outrageous 92% of wholesale tax on "tobacco substitutes" (electronic cigarette products containing nicotine). This excessive and unjustified tax must be stopped.

Currently, the Miscellaneous Tax Bill is pending before the full House of Representatives.  A vote is likely on Thursday or Friday.  Indications from the ground in Vermont are that getting the e-cigarette tax removed by the House is unlikely.  As a result, we are encouraging vapers to focus your phone calls, e-mails, and in-person meetings to those on the Senate Finance Committee.If you are a Vermont resident,  in addition to contacting the members of the Senate Finance Committee, you should contact your own State Representatives and Senators (a total of four contacts).  Make personal contact. Let them know that you are in their district and want them to oppose this unfair and punitive tax hike. Educate them about how e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products are so different.

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Why You Should Join the White Cloud Forum

Talk to any veteran e-cigarette user about whether he or she frequents online forums and the answer is likely to be a resounding “Yes.” Even if they don’t use them as often as social media, many vapers use forums to learn, share and form long-lasting connections.

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Call to Action! Illinois Bill Would Ban Sale of Liquid for E-Cigarettes Until Illinois Department of Public Health Establishes Packaging Standards

(last updated 4/2/2014) If enacted, HB 5689 would:Require all e-cigarette liquids to be sold in "special packaging" and require the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish standards for such packaging BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquids in Illinois until these regulations are enacted.Illinois vapers, your help is needed.  This bill has could come up for a vote in the Illinois General Assembly at any time. 

While HB 5689 is being promoted as a bill to sensibly require childproof caps on e-cigarette liquids, the truth is that this bill would BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquid products until regulations are proposed and enacted by the Illinois Department of Public Health that describe the sort of packaging that is required.  These regulations could take anywhere from six months to two years to actually become law. In that time, sales of e-cigarette liquid would be banned.

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When Comedian and Commerce Collide

Recently, we were privileged to have White Cloud Comedy mainstay Ian Gutoskie spend the day at our new headquarters – “privileged” in the same way North Koreans were when Dennis Rodman stopped by for a long weekend.

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Local Alert! St. Joseph, Missouri - April 8, 2014 Public Vote on Ordinance That Would Ban E-Cigarette Use as "Smoking"

Voters in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri will be deciding on April 8th, 2014 whether to approve a smoke-free ordinance that would not only ban smoking in virtually all workplaces, but would also deceptively include smoke-free e-cigarette use as "smoking."  We do not believe that most citizens of St. Joseph understand that e-cigarettes, which are estimated to be approximately 99% less hazardous than smoking (and which pose no risk to bystanders), will be banned.We are asking that you (1) contact the NewPress newsroom at (816) 271-8500 and ask them to do a story highlighting the fact that use of smoke-free e-cigarettes would be treated exactly like smoking, and (2) and share information with friends and family (personally and via email and social media) encouraging St. Joseph residents to vote AGAINST the ordinance.If you live in St. Joseph, Missouri, we ask that you VOTE against the ordinance on TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014.

Points to keep in mind:Smoking bans are enacted to protect thepublic from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been foundto pose a risk to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the lowhealth risks associated with e-cigarettes are comparable to other smokelessnicotine 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.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 and reduce their health risks by an estimated 99%.
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How to Explain Your White Cloud E-Cigarette to Others

Apr 01

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Call to Action! Louisiana E-Cigarette Usage Ban

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UPDATE 3/31/14:  As of now, SB 491 is not currently on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting (4/2/14). However, it could be added before the meeting. If the bill is not on this agenda (link) by late Tuesday night (4/1/14), it is unlikely to be heard on Wednesday.We have received word that a hearing will take place next week on Louisiana Senate Bill 491 (SB491), which is authored by Senator David Heitmeier.  We have been informed by well-placed sources that the author intends, through an amendment, to add to SB491 a ban on the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

By all indications, SB491 will have a hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 9 AM before the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. (Official confirmation should come Monday afternoon). They will take testimony and possibly vote on SB 491 in the Hainkel Committee Room in the Senate basement of the State Capitol Building at 900 N. 3rd St. in Baton Rouge.

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