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Alabama Call To Action!



Alabama Smoke-free Air Amendment of 2012


Link to SB197 and SB198


 


These bills would:


Ban the use of e-cigarettes in any public place where smoking is prohibited.


Two bills have been introduced into the Alabama State Senate which would add the use of electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking. They have been referred to the Standing Health Committee, but have yet to be added to the agenda.


Please call, write or fax the members of the Senate Health Committee and bill sponsor/co-sponsors listed below.


 


What to say:


1. You would like them to amend definition (17) SMOKE or SMOKING to replace the last sentence of the definition with this text, “The term does not include the use of an e-cigarette or any other type of smoke-free product.”


 


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


 


3. Explain 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.


 


4. Let them know that vapor does not behave in the same manner as smoke. There is no “side stream” vapor like the side stream smoke coming from the lit end of a cigarette. There is also no ash or litter. 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 CASAA.org website for more information.


 

Contact information:


Health Committee


SENATOR GREG REED (R) Chair (Bill Co-sponsor)


5th District


State House, Room 734


11 S. Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7894


 


SENATOR PAUL BUSSMAN (R) Vice Chair (Bill Co-sponsor)


4th District


State House, Room 729


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7855


(256) 734-1700


p_bussman@bellsouth.net


 


SENATOR BILLY BEASLEY (D) (Bill Co-sponsor)


28th District


State House, Room 737


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7868


(334) 775-3291


 


SENATOR SLADE BLACKWELL (R)


15th District


State House, Room 733


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7851


(205) 396-1144


sb@sladeblackwell.com


 


SENATOR LINDA COLEMAN (D) (Bill Co-sponsor)


20th District


State House, Room 735


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7864


(205) 254-2079


Fax: (205) 254-2505


lindacoleman60@bellsouth.net


 


SENATOR GERALD DIAL (R)


Majority Whip


13th District


State House, Room 732


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7874


(256) 396-5600


(256) 396-5626


 


SENATOR HARRI ANNE SMITH (I) (Bill Co-sponsor)


29th District


State House, Room 740


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7879


(334) 699-3208


(334) 886-2367


Fax: (334) 886-2364


HAS@harrianne.com


 


SENATOR CAM WARD (R)


14th District


State House, Room 719


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7873


(205) 664-1066


(205) 664-6848


camjulward@aol.com


 


SENATOR J. T. “JABO” WAGGONER (R) (Bill Co-sponsor)


Senate Majority Leader


16th District


State House, Room 726


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7892


(205) 978-7405


Fax: (334) 242-2278


Fax: (205) 978-7406


jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov


 


SENATOR TOM WHATLEY (R)


27th District


State House, Room 733


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7865


(334) 209-0831


Fax: (334) 826-7700


 


Bill Sponsor


 


SENATOR VIVIAN DAVIS FIGURES (D)


33rd District


State House, Room 736


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7871


(251) 208-5480


Fax: (251) 208-5492


vivian.figures@alsenate.gov


 


Additional Bill Co-sponsors


 


SENATOR RODGER MELL SMITHERMAN (D)


18th District


State House, Room 737


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7870


(205) 322-3768


(205) 322-0012


Fax: (205) 324-2000


rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov


 


SENATOR JERRY FIELDING (D)


11th District


State House, Room 735


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7898


 


SENATOR TAMMY IRONS (D)


1st District


State House, Room 737


11 S. Union Street


Montgomery, AL 36130


(334) 242-7888


(256) 335-3600


(256) 766-9201


Fax: (256) 766-9220


tammy@ironslawfirm.com


 


SENATOR BOBBY SINGLETON (D)


24th District


State House, Room 735


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


Phone: (334) 242-7935


Fax: (334) 242-7191


BSingle164@yahoo.com


 


SENATOR QUINTON T. ROSS, Jr. (D)


26th District


State House, Room 735


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7880


(334) 280-2963


Fax: (334) 353-9625


Quinton.ross@alsenate.gov


 


SENATOR DEL MARSH (R)


President Pro Tempore


12th District


State House, Room 722


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7877


(256) 237-1931


(256) 237-8647


Fax: (256) 237-1579


 


SENATOR MARC KEAHEY (D)


22nd District


State House, Room 738


11 South Union Street


Montgomery, Alabama 36130


(334) 242-7843


(251) 275-3541


(251) 275-3127


marc_keahey@yahoo.com


 


Comma separated email list:


p_bussman@bellsouth.net, sb@sladeblackwell.com, lindacoleman60@bellsouth.net, HAS@harrianne.com, camjulward@aol.com, jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov, vivian.figures@alsenate.gov, rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov, tammy@ironslawfirm.com, BSingle164@yahoo.com, Quinton.ross@alsenate.gov, marc_keahey@yahoo.com


 


Semi-colon separated email list:


p_bussman@bellsouth.net; sb@sladeblackwell.com; lindacoleman60@bellsouth.net; HAS@harrianne.com; camjulward@aol.com; jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov; vivian.figures@alsenate.gov; rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov; tammy@ironslawfirm.com; BSingle164@yahoo.com; Quinton.ross@alsenate.gov; marc_keahey@yahoo.com



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