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Fight Bloomberg's ecig use ban. This letter is for B&M owners to send to their customers to fight this law.

Fight Bloomberg's ecig use ban. This letter is for B&M owners to send to their customers to fight this law.

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Fight Bloomberg's ecig use ban. This letter is for B&M owners to send to their customers to fight this law.
Fight Bloomberg's ecig use ban. This letter is for B&M owners to send to their customers to fight this law.

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Published by: Russ Wishtart on Dec 11, 2013
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Hey everyone, I've asked a bunch of vendors to get this out to their customers in New York City / the five boroughs. We need the stores to drive phone calls to reps BEYOND those on the Health Committee. By not having the Health Committee vote until next week, they are intentionally trying to minimize opposition to other council members. We need to hammer this.
Suggestion: Use below for subject line as well as headline of e-mail URGENT: STOP NEW YORK CITY FROM BANNING E-CIGS!!
 As a
adult consumer, we try to not overfill your email inbox with messages. However, we knew you would be interested in the proposed
ban on use of e-cigarettes in New York City
 and hope you would oppose the ban by helping educate your City Council member about e-cigarettes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several members of the New York City Council plan to quickly pass an ordinance that would ban e-cigarette use in both indoor and outdoors locations. Essentially, you would be once again treated like a smoker and forced to vacate anyplace where smoking traditional cigarettes is banned. We believe this goes too far and there is no credible justification for this new law. It also might encourage many vapers to simply take up smoking again, which is clearly not good for the health of the people they serve. Supporters of the ban are hoping to have the full Council vote on this ordinance at their meeting on
Thursday, December 19th
at 1:30 PM at City Hall (260 Broadway), when most New Yorkers are distracted by the winter holidays. That is why it is critically important that you contact the New York City Council Members by email, by phone, and (if possible) in person. Please share this message with anyone who might share your interest in opposing this e-cigarette ban.
New York City Residents
: We are requesting that you take three steps:
Most importantly, please contact your own representative on the New York City Council by phone or e-mail. Phone calls are especially encouraged, and be sure to note that you live in their district. You can find the contact information for your council member here -
 Contact the entire City Council to express your opposition. At the bottom of this message is a list of all the New York City Council members. Please send an e-mail to the members. If you have time, please call the offices of the City Council members from your borough and let them know that you would like them not to support the e-cigarette usage ordinance.
Next week there will be at least one opportunity for vapers in New York City to meet up and show solidarity against this ban. These events will likely take place on Wednesday, December 18th or Thursday, December 19th and will be announced at the beginning of the week. For the most up-to-date details, please see e-cigarette consumer group CASAA's Call to Action -- http://blog.casaa.org/2013/11/call-to-action-new-york-city-e.html 
Remember, the most important step you can take is contacting your own City Council person (see item #1 above). NYC and Nearby Residents: What to Say When Contacting Members of the New York City Council
1. Be RESPECTFUL but firm and let them know you ask them to OPPOSE the proposed ordinance to define "smoking" to include use of smoke-free electronic cigarettes. 2. Tell your personal story on how switching to an e-cigarette has changed your life or the life of someone you love. 3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of secondhand smoke, but that there is currently no credible scientific basis demonstrating that e-cigarettes cause harm to bystanders. 4. Inform them that the ability to use electronic cigarettes in public spaces may actually improve awareness of the alternatives to deadly combustible cigarettes.
5. If the convenience of not being forced to the curb was a motivator in your own decision to switch, be sure to highlight this. 6. Passage of this ban would force you back outside to breathe in secondhand smoke in designated smoking areas. If you don't want to be exposed to secondhand smoke, or worry that sitting in the outdoor smoking section may tempt you to return to smoking, it is imperative you make that known.
Please Ask the Members of the New York City Council to OPPOSE the E-Cigarette Usage Ordinance
While e-mails are easier, phone calls will have a larger impact, even if you are simply leaving a message after hours.
Please note that some of the below legislators do not have e-mail addresses publicly available. Calls to the offices of these legislators are needed.
Comma delimited email list:
 Margaret Chin (D) [District 1]

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