Call to to Action: Los Angeles E-Cigarette Usage Ban

Call to to Action: Los Angeles E-Cigarette Usage Ban


(Committee hearing to be held in the near future)

UPDATED 1/11/14 to include link to ordinance.

Last month (December 2013) the Los Angeles City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance that would ban vaping wherever smoking is banned, including thousands of outdoor locations in the city (view Los Angeles' current smoking prohibitions here on page 20). CASAA has just learned that the ordinance has been completed (although not released publicly) and that the Los Angeles City Council's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River Committee is being pushed to consider the proposed ordinance as soon as possible.

The date when the ordinance will be considered has not yet been released, but this is an extremely important fight for California vapers and we are urging our membership to strongly oppose this proposed ban.

It is imperative that Los Angeles vapers reach out to their City Councilperson (find out who represents you here) and tell them:

1. You would like them to OPPOSE the proposed ordinance which would ban smoke-free e-cigarette use wherever smoking is prohibited.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.

3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but e-cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders. In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with e-cigarettes is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products. 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 FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor. A comprehensive review conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn 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. This study has been published by BMC Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, a study by the Roswell Park Center that was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the levels of chemicals and toxicants in the vapor produced by 12 different e-cigarettes and noted that the trace levels of chemicals present were comparable to what is found in a FDA-approved nicotine inhaler.

4. Detail how electronic cigarette use is easy to distinguish from actual smoking. Although some e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, many do not. It is easy to tell when someone lights a cigarette from the smell of smoke. E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, and generally any detectable odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke. Additionally, e-cigarette users can decide whether to release any vapor ("discreet vaping"). With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

5. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces will actually improve public health by inspiring other smokers to switch. Surveys of thousands of users indicate that the majority of those who switch, completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%.

6. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

7. Direct them to the website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information. While e-mails are easier, phone calls will have a larger impact, even if you are simply leaving a message after hours.

Comma delimited email list:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

District 1 - Gil Cedillo, (213)473-7001,

District 2 - Paul Krekorian, 213-473-7002,

District 3 - Bob Blumenfield, 213-473-7003,

District 4 - Tom LaBonge, 213-473-7004,

District 5 - Paul Koretz, 213-473-7005,

District 6 - Nury Martinez, 213-473-7006,

District 7 - Felipe Fuentez, 213-473-7007,

District 8 - Bernard Parks, 213-473-7008,

District 9 - Curren Price Jr., 213-473-7009,

District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, 213-473-7010,

District 11 - Mike Bonin, 213-473-7011,

District 12 - Mitch Englander, 213-473-7012,

District 13 - Mitch O’Farrell, 213-473-7013,

District 14 - Jose Huizar, (213) 473-7014,

District 15 - Joe Buscaino, 213-473-7015,

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