As many of you are aware, the electronic cigarette industry in the United States is still currently unregulated. As e-cigarettand businesses and consumers wait for the Food & Drug Administration to announce proposed regulatory guidelines expected sometime this year, cities across the country are moving to ban or severely limit the use and sale of electronic cigarettes in their own towns and cities.
Following the New York City and Chicago ban of e-cigarette use in public places, Los Angeles is currently the latest major city trying to limit your vapor rights. If you live in L.A. or the surrounding metropolitan area, we are asking you to join us in standing up for your rights! By calling, emailing and even tweeting your local elected officials, you can let them know that electronic cigarettes have become a reliable, adult alternative for you or a loved one; you can help prevent unnecessary ordinances.
All you have to do is complete the following three steps to do your part to fight for your vapor rights:
- Call your City Council Representative and tell them you oppose the proposed ordinance, which would ban e-cigarette use wherever smoking a regular or menthol cigarette is prohibited.
- Tell your story: About how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life.
- Explain: If electronic cigarettes are subject to the same restrictions as traditional tobacco products, you might as well switch back to traditional tobacco products rather than continue using a smoke-free, adult alternative.
REMEMBER: The most important thing you can do is contact your own city council member! All L.A. City Council members contact information is listed below in order of district:
District 1: Gil Cedillo on Twitter – 213 473-7001 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2: Paul Krekorian on Twitter – 213-473-7002 – email@example.com
District 3: Bob Blumenfield on Twitter – 213-473-7003 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4: Tom LaBonge on Twitter – 213-473-7004 – councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org
District 5: Paul Koretz on Twitter – 213-473-7005 – email@example.com
District 6: Nury Martinez on Twitter – 213-473-7006 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7: Felipe Fuentez – 213-473-7007 – email@example.com
District 8: Bernard Parks on Twitter – 213-473-7008 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 9: Curren Price Jr. on Twitter – 213-473-7009 – email@example.com
District 10: Herb J. Wesson on Twitter – 213-473-7010 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 11: Mike Bonin on Twitter – 213-473-7011 – email@example.com
District 12: Mitch Englander on Twitter – 213-473-7012 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 13: Mitch O’Farrell on Twitter – 213-473-7013 – email@example.com
District 14: Jose Huizar on Twitter – 213 473-7014 – firstname.lastname@example.org
District 15: Joe Buscaino on Twitter – 213-473-7015 – email@example.com
If you cannot call or tweet, please email the entire City Council to express your opposition. All Los Angeles City Council members’ emails are listed below and are already separated by commas for your convenience:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck and make sure to share this blog post on all of your social media profiles with #VaporRights!