Successful CASAA Campaigns

Boise, Idaho
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, in conjunction with Jim Longden, the owner of Vapoligy (a Boise e-cigarette store) and several Boise e-cigarette users, successfully campaigned to get truthful and accurate information about e-cigarettes to the Boise City Council members, which resulted in the exclusion of e-cigarettes from ordinances which ban "smoking in bars and private clubs, near bus stops or other transit areas, on outdoor commercial patios accessible to children or on public property, at the Grove Plaza, on 8th Street from Bannock to Main streets, within 20 feet of a City of Boise-owned building and in other public locations" and "within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and the Warm Springs Golf Course."

Alameda, California
Alameda City Council was considering a comprehensive smoking ban; which included electronic cigarettes in the definition of "smoking." This would have prohibited the use of e-cigarettes everywhere smoking was not allowed - including condominiums, outdoor bar patios and beaches.

CASAA called for members to urge the City Council to remove e-cigarettes from the proposed ordinance and arranged for locals to make public comments at the Council's first reading. Due to these efforts and those of local e-cigarette merchants, e-cigarettes were removed from the ordinance until more information could be provided to the Council.

Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Housing Authority would have banned e-cigarette use "in individual apartment homes or the common spaces of a SHA community or facility of any type, unless otherwise specified."

Members heeded CASAA's Call to Action and according to the office of Tom Tierney, SHA's Executive Director, the flood of emails and calls from "individuals who contacted our office about electronic cigarettes" has influenced the SHA to "recommend that we allow the use of electronic cigarettes in the proposed policy for all housing developments."

Hawaii
Hawaiian legislators proposed a bill to not only ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, but to also cause all components of electronic cigarettes to be taxed at 70% of wholesale. CASAA worked with a Hawaiian-based electronic cigarette company local consumers to prepare presentations before the 

CASAA argued that implementing such a punitive tax in Hawaii would not only discourage smokers from switching to a much less harmful and less costly cigarette alternative,  it would result in most local retailers to shut down or relocate, while encouraging e-cigarette consumers in Hawaii to buy online from companies located outside the state.  Rather than gain tax revenue, Hawaii would lose sales tax revenue and numerous jobs.

Tennessee
The Tennessee House Agricultural Committee passed a bill that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, however the devices will remain legally available for sale to adult smokers in Tennessee.

CASAA became interested in the legislation when it was alerted that Section 18 of an earlier version of Tennessee House Bill 1729 would have made it a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a $10,000 fine, to sell electronic cigarettes to any citizen, regardless of age.

A letter sent by CASAA to members of the Tennessee House Agriculture Committee helped convince them to remove Section 18 before passage.

Illinois
After a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes until they "are deemed certified or legal to sell by the FDA" sailed through the Illinois Senate on a 49-4 vote, CASAA members gathered to give testimony at a hearing before the Illinois House Human Services Committee. After hearing the testimony, Committee members decided that they needed more time to become familiar with the topic before making any decisions. The bill ultimately never made it out of committee.

State Rep. Constance Howard, D-Chicago stated, “I just wish there was something like these around before my mother died.”




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