Need Advice! Electronic Cigarette Ban in California (SB648)Submitted by joey33 on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 04:47
I've been a Ron Paul supporter since 2008 and have donated numerous hours and lots of money to his campaigns. Now I need help from the community.
I live here in California and own an e-cigarette shop. We are doing extremely well lately because "vaping" has truly helped people stop smoking cigarettes.
Now they are trying to pass legislation that would prohibit advertising of electronic cigarettes and restrict their use in public places. Essentially, they are trying to regulate it as a tobacco product even though it does not contain any tobacco!
There is still a lot of research that needs to be done, but nearly all of the existing research shows that it is much less harmful than traditional cigarettes. Those aiming to pass this bill (sb648) are pointing to questionable studies that show trace amounts of certain chemicals. Keep in mind that there are trace amounts of insects in our ketchup as well! The levels found are within the range approved by the FDA.
The people who drafted this bill are claiming that they are protecting others from "second-hand vapor." In reality, they are forcing those who have quit or in the process of quitting smoking to stand in the smoking area with other smokers. There is likely to be more harmful chemicals in our California smog than there is from the water vapor expelled from an e-cig.
My question to the community is this: how can we take what we've learned in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns regarding grassroots support, fundraising, and organizing in order to ensure that this bill does not pass? All advise would be welcome.
"For the People"