WHEN: December 4, 2013 @ 10am
WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, New York, NY
WHAT: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the regulation of electronic cigarettes (this is a pre-considered bill, therefore it will move quickly). If passed, this legislation would prohibit electronic cigarette usage in public places all over New York City.
WHO: Health Committee Council Members
- Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
- Inez E. Dickens
- Mathieu Eugene
- Julissa Ferreras
- Rosie Mendez
- Joel Rivera
- Deborah Rose
- Peter Vallone
- James Van Bramer
- Albert Vann
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
You can contact Health Committee Members and express your concerns about the proposed regulations. We encourage you to email, call or even Tweet to the Council Members and let them know how you feel about these premature restrictions. You can also to attend the public hearing in opposition to the proposed regulations. If you wish to testify at the hearing, please show up at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to sign up with the Sergeant at Arms. Let’s fight this together and show City Council why electronic cigarettes are not to be subject to the same regulations as tobacco! In addition to being a successful alternative to the dangers of smoking tobacco, please keep the following in mind as well:
- Electronic cigarettes encourage economic growth
- While the FDA has discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in some electronic cigarettes, they contain the same trace levels as the FDA-approved nicotine patch.
- Studies show that electronic cigarettes are just as good as the nicotine patch and other cessation products.
- The vapor from electronic cigarettes has no smell that affects other patrons or employees in any establishment
- The FDA was set to issue regulations by October 31st, but have they have yet to offer guidance on how these devices must be regulated – they are still expected to issue their findings.
We’re taking swift action against this bill and encourage you to join us. Please sign up below and we’ll update you about our actions and how you can help.