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URGENT: Fight Proposed Philadelphia Laws
Action Needed on Proposed Philadelphia Bans
There are proposed bans for another large city, Philadelphia. Please see below for call to action instructions.
Let's not let another major city ban the use of e-cigarettes in public! We hope you will do what you can to help.
Cheryl & Chris
According to our information, a hearing for both bills will take place on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at City Hall (Broad St & Market St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107). Meetings are typically held in Room 400.
We are asking vapers and harm reduction advocates to (1) plan on attending the hearing to offer testimony in opposition to both bills, and (2) call and write members of the Philadelphia City Council.
I. Bill No. 14009600 (ban on sales to minors)
We support bans on sales to minors, but is unable to support this bill as presently drafted.
What to say to the City Council:
The bill defines e-cigarettes as "electronic smoking devices," which completely mischaracterizes the nature of the product. These are not "smoking devices," but, rather, an alternative to smoking. The bill also makes reference to "unauthorized nicotine delivery products," which also mischaracterizes the nature of the product.
II. Bill No. 14009500 and Bill No. 140011 (ban on e-cigarette use wherever smoking is not permitted)
There are two bills that have been introduced that would ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is banned. You should address your comments to the entire City Council, not simply the Committee on Public Health and Human Services.
On January 23, 2014, City Councilman Bill Green introduced an ordinance to include e-cigarettes within the City's Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law. According to Councilman Green, the legislation is intended as "an affirmation of a tobacco-free lifestyle, since the use of e-cigs in public places erodes decades of critical work focused on decreasing tobacco consumption. Smoking is definitely not something we want to become 'cool' again." He is joined by Councilman Greenlee who insists that the city should regulate "e-cigs as we do normal cigarettes."
The bill has been referred to the Committee on Public Health and Human Services (members of this committee are highlighted in green below).
Please take this opportunity to send the members of the City Council (with particular attention focused on the members of the Committee on Public Health and Human Services, highlighted in green) with accurate information about e-cigarettes and your story about how the product has improved your life.
We strongly encourage vapers to call and email City Council members.
What to say to the members of the Philadelphia City Council:
1. You are a Philadelphia, Philadelphia-area, or Pennsylvania citizen and while you support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, you OPPOSE banning e-cigarette use where smoking is banned. (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 Philadelphia on vacation or have friends/family in the area.)
2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.
3. Explain that:
III. Send Written testimony to the Chief Clerk, Michael Decker: firstname.lastname@example.org; call or email all council members
Comma Delimited Email List:
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District 1 - Mark Squilla
Phone: (215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459
Fax: (215) 686-1931
District 2 - Kenyatta Johnson
Phone: (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413
Fax: (215) 686-1932
District 3 - Jannie Blackwell
Phone: (215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419
Fax: (215) 686-1933
District 4 - Curtis Jones, Jr.
Phone: (215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417
Fax: (215) 686-1934
District 5 - Darrell L. Clarke (President)
Phone: (215) 686-3442, (215) 686-3443
Fax: (215) 686-1901
District 6 - Bobby Henon
Phone: (215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445
Fax: (215) 686-1935
District 10 - Brian J. O'Neill
Phone: (215) 686-3422, (215) 686-3423
Fax: (215) 686-1939
At Large - W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
Phone: (215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415
Fax: (215) 686-1928
At Large - Bill Green (bill co-sponsor)
Phone: (215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421
Fax: (215) 686-1930
At Large - James Kenney
Phone: (215) 686-3450, (215) 686-3451
Fax: (215) 686-2013
At Large - David Oh
Phone: (215) 686-3452 (215) 686-3453
Fax: (215) 686-1925
District 7 - Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Phone: (215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449
Fax: (215) 686-1936
District 8 - Cindy Bass
Phone: (215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425
Fax: (215) 686-1937
District 9 - Marian B. Tasco
Phone: (215) 686-3454, (215) 686-3455
Fax: (215) 686-1938
At Large - William K. Greenlee (bill co-sponsor)
Phone: (215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447
Fax: (215) 686-1927
At Large - Dennis O'Brien
Phone: (215) 686-3440, (215) 686-3441
Fax: (215) 686-1929
At Large - Blondell Reynolds Brown
Phone: (215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439
Fax: (215) 686-1926
|URGENT: Do Your Part in Fighting Proposed Devastating Legislation in Rhode Island!
On Thursday, February 27th at approximately 2:30 PM, the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee will hold a critical public hearing on a bill that would tax e-cigarettes at an outrageous 80% of wholesale. This hearing will be held in Room 211 of the State House (82 Smith Street in Providence). Please attend the hearing and speak in opposition to this destructive tax.
Additionally, on Thursday, March 6th, the House Finance Committee will meet at approximately 4:30 PM in Room TBD of the State House (82 Smith Street in Providence). Please also attend this hearing.
Additionally, on Thursday, March 6th, the House Finance Committee will meet.
We are asking our customers to please attend these hearings and speak in opposition to this destructive tax. If you are on Facebook, you can connect with others who are attending at this Facebook Event page.
As a consumer of electronic cigarettes, you know better than most that these products are NOT tobacco, are NOTHING like combustible cigarettes, and that cost and full access to them are important to you. YOUR story must be heard by the legislators to make positive change, so make sure your voice is heard!
While hearing from you in person at or before the hearing will have the most impact on legislators, you can still make a difference by telling your story to the members of the House Finance Committee by phone or e-mail.
Please consider taking a few minutes of your time to reach out to the members and RESPECTFULLY but firmly let them know that you OPPOSE the proposed new tax on electronic cigarette devices.
year, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee vetoed a common sense piece
of legislation that would have banned sales of e-cigarettes to minors.
Governor Chafee was quoted as saying, "As a matter of public policy,
electronic cigarette laws should mirror tobacco product laws."
Consequently, it's no great surprise that this year, legislation has
been introduced that would impose substantial burdens on adult vapers in
a misguided effort to discourage use of these potentially life-saving
devices by smokers.
(referred to the House Judiciary Committee) would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would also:
(referred to the House Finance Committee) is Governor Chafee's proposed budget for 2015. This bill would:
Action is needed against these bills! Remember, these bills are in two different committees, so please follow the below steps:
First, please call or write members of the House Judiciary Committee regarding House Bill 7021 and tell them that while you support bans on sales to minors, you oppose House Bill 7021 because it unjustly defines e-cigarettes as "tobacco products" for regulatory purposes.
Next, tell them you oppose HB 7133 because imposes substantial burdens on adult e-cigarette users and unfairly taxes e-cigarettes.
Email list for all members of the House Finance Committee:
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House Finance Committee Members: