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TODAY!!!!! SF City Council Meets, SF May Issue Moratorium On E-Cigarette Stores!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Local Alert: City of South San Francisco, California, May Issue Moratorium on E-Cigarette Stores and Lounges.

The City of South San Francisco City Council will meet TONIGHT (Wednesday, January 8th, 2014) to consider an urgency ordinance which would impose a temporary moratorium on various e-cigarette businesses in the city. 
Please take this opportunity to send the members of the City Council accurate information about e-cigarettes and your story about how the product has improved your life. 
CASAA strongly encourages vapers to (i) call and email City Council members, the Mayor, and Vice Mayor as well as (ii) attend and ask to speak at the City Council meeting tonight (Wednesday, January 8th, 2014) 
at 7 PM at the Community Room of Municipal Services Center (33 Arroyo Dr. in South San Francisco, CA 94080). 
Contact the Members of the South San Francisco City Council below:

Councilmember Mark N. Addiego

Mayor Karyl Matsumoto

Councilmember Liza Normandy

Vice Mayor Richard Garbarino

Councilmember Dr. Pradeep Gupta
[no e-mail listed]
Address and phone number for all of the above persons:

City Hall
400 Grand Ave.
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 829-6601 
General City Council email: 
What to say to the members of the South San Francisco City Council: 

1.  You are a South San Francisco, South San Francisco area, or California citizen and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE any action the City Council might take that would limit adult access to these life-saving products.
2.  Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

3.  Explain that a moratorium on e-cigarette shops and lounges would work a substantial hardship on consumers.  E-cigarette shops and lounges are more than simply stores.  They provide an important resource for smokers looking to dramatically reduce their health risks by switching to e-cigarettes, a product that poses an estimated 99% less risk than smoking.   These stores offer knowledgeable employees and diverse products to allow adult smokers to make a successful transition from smoking to e-cigarette use.
4.  A moratorium would leave South San Francisco residents with little or no local access to e-cigarettes other than mass-produced products sold in convenience stores and gas stations, products which are generally of a lower quality and satisfaction level than those offered by e-cigarette shops and lounges.  (Lower quality and satisfaction mean less chance of successfully making the switch from smoking to e-cigarette use.)
5.  The concern is expressed that “permitting the sale of e-cigarettes and/or associated equipment may promote the consumption and purchase of these devices by children and minors by increasing exposure.”  California law prohibits sales of e-cigarettes to minors. Rather than limiting adult access to e-cigarettes by imposing a moratorium on e-cigarette shops and lounges, existing laws should be enforced to keep these products from minors.
6.  Given the low risk of e-cigarette use, there is no need to impose an "urgency ordinance" which bypasses normal rules regarding public notice and comment.  
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 2009 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 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-cigarette vapor, even under "worst case" assumptions about exposure.    
7. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.
8. Direct them to the website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.

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