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E-cigarettes added to Madison smoking ban

By Matthew Simon, msimon@wisctv.com
Published On: Jan 06 2015 10:46:35 PM CST

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Electronic cigarette devices, including the personal vaporizers many former smokers said helped them quit the habit, are now part of Madison’s smoking ban.

“You don’t want someone putting something in the air next to you without your permission, without knowing what it is. It helps protect your personal health,” District 3 Alder Lauren Cnare, who sponsored the move, said.

The rule change applies to any public place where a cigarette cannot be smoked, such as a restaurant, shopping mall and workplaces.

Those attending the meeting in support of the move echoed Cnare’s point that not enough is known about what’s inside of the unregulated vapor.

“I don’t want to be at dinner and wondering what is in the aerosol in the e-cigarette next to us and if it could be harming our children,” mom Margarita Northrop said.

“Madison residents have come to expect going to restaurants and bars that have smoke-free air. This debate has nothing to do with individual use,” The American Cancer Society’s Sara Sahli said.

But that individual use, specifically how vaping has aided their ability to quit smoking, is at the heart of the issue for opponents….

Read More: http://www.channel3000.com/news/E-cigarettes-added-to-Madison-smoking-ban/30567910

Call to Action! Madison Wisconsin Vapor Ban

This Call to Action will be updated as we receive more information about upcoming meetings and public hearings.

UPDATE 12/31/2014

The vapor ban is CONFIRMED on the January 6 Common Council agenda (Agenda #32). The Madison-Dane County Board of Health will be recommending to the Concil that they adopt the prposed amendments (shown starting on page 400 of the PDF link) to define “smoking” to include using any vapor device (regardless of nicotine content) and to prohibit such use anywhere smoking is banned.Call_to_Action_Icon

Vapor shops (defined as 75% or more income from vapor products sales and no liquor license) are exempted from this ordinence HOWEVER, ONLY IF THE STORE EXISTED BEFORE FEB. 2015. That means no new stores will be able to allow customers to try products in the store.

Additionally, the ordinance language LIES about “proven dangers” linked to e-cigarettes. This lie wil be made into law and then used to promote further restrictions and possibly taxes:

“have been proven to emit nicotine, ultra-fine particles, volatile organic compounds and other toxins. Inhalation of nicotine is proven to be dangerous to everyone, especially children and pregnant women.

Exposure to ultrafine particles may exacerbate respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and may constrict arteries which could trigger a heart attack. The volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde and benzene, found in electronic smoking device aerosols, as well as conventional cigarette smoke, are proven carcinogens.”

There is NO EVIDENCE that the vast majority of vapor products contain anything that pose a second-hand danger to children or pregnant women, exacerbate respiratory illness, constrict arteries or cause cancer.

Please see the WSAC CALL TO ACTION for contact information of the Common Council and PLAN TO ATTEND TO SPEAK!

(NOTE: Based on the tone of the agenda, they clearly expect to see a crowd on January 6th, so lets give it to them!! PLEASE DO NOT VAPE IN THE BUILDING!)

Please download, print and hand out the flyer below to fellow vapers and vape shops!
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UPDATE 12/11/2014

The Board of Health is recomending the ordinance to the city council. The Board of Park Commissioners declined the changes.

The ordinance now goes back to the city council for a final vote, most likely at the next meeting on January 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM at 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, WI, United States Rm 201.

Please check back frequently for updates and join the Wisconsin Smoke-free Alternatives Coalition on Facebook!

The public is welcome (and strongly encouragd) to attend these meetings and address the lawmakers with their concerns and comments. Arrive early to sign up on the registration form to speak.

The City of Madison is poised to deceptively define smoke-free e-cigarette use as “smoking.”  The justification written into the proposed law makes misleading, false and/or unproven scientific claims about “ultra-fine particles” and “volitile organic compounds.”

This ordinance will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all places where conventional smoking is prohibited. This includes businesses that wish to cater to e-cigarette consumers and retailers that need to allow customers to try samples. The same proposed ordinance also extends the prohibited areas to include Madison parks and beaches, which would also apply to vaping.

Because 10 alders have sponsored this ordinance (see sponsor list below), they only need just one more vote for this ordinance to pass. We strongly recommend members first focus efforts contacting the lawmakers who are not already on board with this proposal, to convince them not to vote in favor. However, be sure to also contact the sponsors to let them know how you disapprove of their decision to support this ordinance. (more…)

City of Madison officials look to ban e-cigarettes (Video)

E-cig users says proposed restriction presents unwanted temptation  

Author: Velena Jones, vjones@wisctv.com
Published On: Nov 23 2014 Channel 3000

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E-cigarettes are not currently part of the Madison’s smoking ban but the city council is looking to change that. However, with little information to prove the potential effects of the vapors advocates say banning them would be premature.

“To ban them in public is silly because you are forcing people to go where smoking happens, which for a lot of people could cause a relapse,” e-cigarette user Steven Fischer said.

It’s been three months since Steven Fischer stopped smoking cigarettes, which was a 12-year battle he said he might have never won if it had not been for e-cigarettes

Madison city council is looking at including electronic cigarettes in the city’s smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in most indoor places as well as parks and beaches. But supporters of the products believe restricting them may do more harm than good.

“It’s definitely putting a stigma on the whole entire business. It’s going to make it look like what we are doing is wrong, when it’s not,” said Aiden Rueckl, who opened Mad-Vapor six months ago.

Rueckl said 75 percent of his customers are 40 years or older that are trying to stop smoking cigarettes. Rueckl is worried that restricting users would mean taking a step backward.

“These people are legitimately using these to stop smoking cigarettes. We never try to relay the information that this is healthy for you; it’s just a better alternative,” Rueckl said.

Rueckl has a strict no-minor policy but not all vape shops do. According to a Wisconsin youth tobacco survey, teens are using e- cigarettes 75 percent more than the national average.

“Let’s not introduce a new product that might normalize the active smoking and frankly no one really knows what’s in these e-cigarettes and so we encourage these local governments to start to pass laws that include e-cigarettes into their clean air policy,” said Sara Sahl from the American Cancer Society.

But for people like Fischer who rely on vaping, the proposed restrictions present an unwanted temptation….

Read More: http://www.channel3000.com/news/city-of-madison-officials-look-to-ban-ecigarettes/29888728

Madison Officials Vie To Ban E-Cigarettes In Public Places

City Already Has Ban On Public Smoking

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:25pm
By Shamane Mills

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A group of elected Madison officials wants the city to consider banning e-cigarettes in public places.

Madison has had a smoking ban for a decade. Now, city alderwoman Lauren Cnare wants to expand it to include electronic cigarettes — devices that do not contain tobacco or emit smoke, but instead vaporize liquid nicotine. Cnare said the health effects of the devices aren’t clear yet.

“So this is sort of a pre-emptive move that says, ‘We don’t know. Let’s be prudent and protect people’s health by asking people to not use these devices in our indoor spaces that are shared,’” said Cnare.

Read More: http://www.wpr.org/madison-officials-vie-ban-e-cigarettes-public-places

UPDATED Thursday, March 13, 2014 — 1:06 p.m

e+cigarette+smallMADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill allowing electronic cigarettes indoors has cleared a Wisconsin Senate committee.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday to pass the bill that would exempt the newly popular e-cigarettes from the state’s indoor smoking ban.

Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, the bill’s sponsor, says he’s never smoked cigarettes but that he’s tried the electronic devices and that he can’t smell the vapor.

Smokers back use of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking conventional cigarettes.

Doctors and scientists say toxic particles in the nicotine-laced vapor could be dangerous to others. They say the state should wait for more research on potential hazards before allowing widespread use indoors.

The bill’s prospects are uncertain as both chambers have just two days left this session.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

Doctors, scientists express concerns on e-cigarette bill

By Associated Press, March 5, 2014

Madison — Even as the nation’s second-largest city is moving to ban electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is prohibited, Wisconsin lawmakers are considering doing just the opposite.

A Republican-sponsored bill to clarify that using e-cigarettes indoors is legal, despite a statewide ban on indoor smoking, drew opposition Wednesday from doctors, scientists and others who cited concerns over the product’s safety.

“If this bill passes, Wisconsin’s children with their young brains so sensitive to nicotine may be put at risk. Why would we do that?” said Dr. Michael Fiore, a University of Wisconsin professor who also founded the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

The science behind whether the vapors from the devices are toxic to bystanders hasn’t caught up with the widespread use, and five states and dozens of cities — including the nation’s three largest — have moved to treat the newly popular e-cigarettes nearly the same as conventional cigarettes. The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces and public areas.

Sen. Glenn Grothman’s bill would do the opposite, explicitly allowing e-cigarette users to inhale the nicotine-laced vapors indoors despite the state’s 2009 law that prohibits indoor smoking.

“It’s sad that we have to introduce legislation to clarify that the smoking ban was not supposed to (affect) e-cigarettes,” said Grothman, a Republican from West Bend.

Advocates point to studies that show e-cigarette vapors may be many times less harmful than conventional cigarette smoke as a reason to prevent additional regulations.

Conservative radio host Vicki McKenna puffed on an e-cigarette before and after speaking to the senators. She said she smoked up to one or two packs of Camel Lights a day for 23 years before switching to e-cigarettes, she said, and stopping smoking.

“I found out that over the course of a few days I was able to transfer my dependency of cigarettes to the use of an e-cigarette with substantial benefits to my health,” McKenna said.

Read More: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/doctors-scientists-express-concerns-on-e-cigarette-bill-b99219529z1-248670531.html