STOP SAN FRANCISCO FROM TREATING E-CIGARETTES LIKE CIGARETTES!
As a customer of ours, we try to not overfill your email inbox with messages. However, we knew you would be interested to hear that members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors could soon be voting on proposals that would treat tobacco-free, smoke-free electronic cigarettes like “tobacco products” AND ban their use where smoking is prohibited (including in many outdoor areas).
These proposals are extreme and would even ban vaping in electronic cigarette stores!
As a company, we believe that electronic cigarettes are a smarter alternative for smokers to traditional cigarettes. While we respect the right of private businesses to make policies regarding their use, we believe it is government overreach to take away this right from business owners absent evidence of harm to bystanders.
As a consumer of electronic cigarettes, you know better than most that these products are NOT tobacco and are NOTHING like combustible cigarettes. YOUR story must be heard by the legislators to make positive change, so make sure your voice is heard!
We hope you would take this opportunity to respectfully educate these lawmakers that bans on the usage of smoke-free products like electronic cigarettes are bad for both consumers and small businesses. If you live in the San Francisco area, your attendance at upcoming hearing is requested. See below for more instructions.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Contact the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
The Neighborhood Services Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will soon hold a hearing on an ordinance that would ban electronic cigarettes in non-smoking areas (including e-cigarette stores), declare electronic cigarettes to be “tobacco products,” and ban their sale in retail stores with pharmacies. This hearing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 6th at 10 am at San Francisco City Hall. We need vapers to attend and speak out against these unnecessary prohibitions. [Optional: RSVP on Facebook here]
Comments should be directed to committee members:
Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
Supervisor. David Campos, (415) 554-5144, David.Campos@sfgov.org
Supervisor. Norman Yee, (415) 554-6516, Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
Comma delimited list: Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org, David.Campos@sfgov.org, Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
WHAT TO SAY IN YOUR E-MAILS / PHONE CALLS
1. Be RESPECTFUL but firm and let them know you ask them to OPPOSE the proposed ordinance to define "smoking" to include use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes.
2. Tell your personal story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life or the life of someone you love. [If you are pressed for time, you can stop here and send your e-mail -- even short e-mails to the legislators will be helpful. Be sure to let them know your name and what city you live in.]
3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but that there is currently no credible scientific basis demonstrating that e-cigarettes cause harm to bystanders.
4. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces may actually improve awareness of the alternatives to deadly combustible cigarettes.
5. If the convenience of not being forced to the curb was a motivator in your own decision to switch, be sure to highlight this.
6. Passage of this ban would force you back outside to breathe in secondhand smoke in designated smoking areas. If you don't want to be exposed to secondhand smoke, or worry that sitting in the outdoor smoking section may tempt you to return to smoking, it is imperative you make that known.