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Postby Artist Boy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:05 pm ... rette.html

UPDATE (4/23/2013): On April 17th, the Senate Health Committee moved SB 648 out of committee by a 6-2 vote.

SB 648 is now scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 30th at 1:30 pm in Room 112.

Please submit or resubmit testimony in opposition to SB 648 directly to the Judiciary Committee with the subject line "SB 648 Testimony" to Include your name and city.

California: Attempt to Add E-Cigarettes to "Smoking" Ban -- SB 648

If enacted, this bill would:
Ban the use of vapor products wherever smoking is banned. Among those provisions most likely to impact users are those that would:
Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California, including in hospitals*. Violations would be punishable by fines of $100, $200, and $500. (Section 15)
Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4)
Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “is a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)
Ban e-cigarette use in railroads and air carriers. (Section 13)
Permit landlords to ban e-cigarette use in private homes. (Section 2) (Removed from bill)
* While it would appear that Senator Corbett's newly-amended version of SB 648 dated April 22, 2013, would permit e-cigarette use in hospitals, this is not true. The sections referencing hospitals were removed from the bill because the provisions have been superseded by other laws.
UPDATE (4/21/2013): While SB 648 was passed out of the Senate Health Committee, this bill still has a long way to go and continued vigilance by California vapers is needed. The Judiciary Committee needs to receive testimony from California citizens strenuously opposing banning vaping in public places.

CASAA is encouraging its members to submit or resumbit testimony directly to the Judiciary Committee. please email Senate Health Committee Assistant Ronak Daylami at If emailing, please put "SB 648 Testimony" in the subject line and include your name and city.

You can watch the Health Committee hearing here (begins at the 34-minute mark). Featured speakers include CASAA Legislative Director Gregory Conley and Father Jack Kearney of the California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE). CASAA would like to thank the 40+ others turned out to oppose the bill, as well as Senators Jim Nielsen and Joel Anderson for voting against the bill.

If you are in California and can travel to Sacramento to attend and speak at a hearing, please e-mail us at with the subject line "California Testimony." We are going to need vapers throughout California to organize trips to Sacramento. Please help out in any way you can.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: Please use the above map to determine if any of the below Senators represent your district. Senators on the Judiciary Committee are from districts 2, 10, 11, 17, 19, 36 and 37. If so, you should take more action than simply making a phone call or sending an e-mail. For example, you can ask for a meeting and try to organize vapers to attend. CASAA would be glad to assist you (contact us at

Please call, write or fax the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee below

What to say:
1. You would like them to vote NO on SB 648.

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 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.

At the April 17th meeting of the Health Committee, Senator Corbett cited a study finding trace levels of metals in e-cigarettes as a reason to support banning e-cigarettes in public places. Please urge the legislators to read Dr. Michael Siegel's two articles on that study (here and here).

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 ("stealth vaping"). With so little evidence of use, enforcing indoor use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

5. If you are a California resident and currently vape in public, talk about your experience. Do businesses you frequent allow you to vape? What about your office? Be sure to include your address and full name.

6. 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%.

7. Explain that Senator Corbett misled the Health Committee on April 17th by claiming that she had never tried to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to adults. In fact, Senator Corbett did try to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in California in 2009 with SB 400. It was only after Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill that Senator Corbett amended it to only ban sales to minors.

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

9. Direct them to the website for more information.
Senate Committee on Judiciary
Comma delimited e-mail list for the Senate Judiciary Committee*:,,,,

*Senators Evans, Jackson and Monning must be contacted using a webform*

Senator Noreen Evans (Chair) (D - District 2)
State Capitol, Room 4085
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-4002
Fax: 916-323-6958
Please contact Senator Evans using this webform

Senator Mimi Walters (Vice Chair) (R - District 37)
State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4037
Fax: (916) 445-9754

Senator Joel Anderson (R - District 36)
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.651.4036
Fax: 916.447.9008

Senator Ellen M. Corbett (D - District 10) (BILL SPONSOR)
State Capitol, Room 313
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone:(916) 651-4010
Fax: (916) 327-2433
Please contact Senator Corbett using this webform

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D - District 19)
State Capitol, Room 5080
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4019
Please contact Senator Jackson using this webform

Senator Mark Leno (D - District 11)
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4011
Fax: (916) 445-4722

Senator Bill Monning (D - District 17)
State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Fax: (916) 445-8081
Please contact Senator Monning using this webform

Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Member Ronak Daylami
State Capitol, Room 2187
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4113
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