CASAAA Call to Action: Augusta-Richmond, GS

Augusta - Richmond County, GA Call to Action (Indoor Use Ban) 
Sunday, January 01, 2012 

UPDATE: 
The Public Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 in the commission chamber at the municipal building for a special work session.

Public hearings have already taken place on this proposed ordinance (and an e-cigarette user attended and spoke), so it is vital that e-mails are sent as soon as possible.

Text: http://www.scribd.com/doc/69513527/Augusta-GA-Proposed-Smoking-Ban-With-E-Cigarettes

This Ordinance could:
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, in places where tobacco cigarette smoking is prohibited.



Please call or write the members of the Augusta - Richmond County Commission listed below. 

What to say:
1. You want them to amend the proposed legislation to delete references to electronic cigarettes in Section 4-2-78, paragraphs C and P. 

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

3. Explain how smoking bans are enacted to protect the public from the harm of second-hand smoke, but electronic cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to bystanders.

·         In fact, all evidence to date shows that the low health risks associated with electronic cigarettes is comparable to other smokeless nicotine products.

·         This is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth and 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

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 and unlike cigarette smoke,

·         The vapor is virtually odorless and dissipates quickly.

·         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 very quickly completely replace tobacco cigarettes with the electronic cigarettes, reducing their health risks by 98-99%.

·         So even if smokers think they are using electronic cigarettes just for indoor use, the chances are high that they will stop using tobacco cigarettes altogether

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


Mayor Deke S. Copenhaver
75 Conifer Cir.
Augusta, GA 30909
Home Phone: (706) 738-3156
Work Phone: (706) 821-1831
Fax: (706) 821-1835
MayorDeke@augustaga.gov

 Commissioner Matt Aitken
609 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Home Phone: (706) 724-4377
Cell Phone: (706) 564 - 6281
Fax: (706) 821 ???" 1838
maitken@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Joe Jackson
2328 Neal St.
Augusta, GA 30906
Home Phone: (706) 533 - 7839
Fax: (706) 821 ???" 1838
jtjackson@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Corey Johnson
2222 Woodland Avenue
Augusta, Georgia 30904
Home Phone: (706) 736 - 4435
Cell Phone: (706) 993 - 0224
Fax: (706) 821 - 1838
cjohnson5@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Jerry Brigham
2904 Pleasant Cove Ct.
Augusta, GA 30907
Home Phone: (706) 863 - 1698
Work Phone: (706) 650 - 1700
Fax: (706) 650 ???" 1141
cbrigham@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Joe Bowles
914 Milledge Rd.
Augusta, GA 30904
Home Phone: (706) 733 - 9074
Work Phone: (706) 825 - 6894
Fax: (706) 210 - 1871
mayorpro-tembowles@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle
4940 Windsor Spring Rd.
Hephzibah, GA 30815
Home Phone: (706) 592 - 2385
Work Phone: (706) 7963 - 444
Fax: (706) 821 - 1838
CWayneGuilfoyle@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Alvin Mason
4504 Frank Warren Drive
Hephzibah, GA 30815
Home Phone: (706) 955 - 6130
Fax: (706) 821 ???" 1838
amason@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner J. R. Hatney
119 E. Walker St.
Augusta, GA 30901
Home Phone: (706) 722 - 5035
Cell Phone: (706) 726 - 8186
Fax: (706) 821 - 1838
jhatney@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Bill Lockett
3030 Longleaf Court
Augusta, GA 30906
Home Phone: (706) 798 - 7175
Cell Phone: (706) 825 - 1847
Fax: (706) 821 - 1838
wlockett@augustaga.gov
 

Commissioner Grady Smith
810 Quail Ct
Augusta, GA 30909
Work / Cell Phone: (706) 733 - 9473
Fax: (706) 821 - 1838
[no e-mail available]

Comma delimited list: 
MayorDeke@augustaga.gov
maitken@augustaga.gov,jtjackson@augustaga.govcjohnson5@augustaga.gov,cbrigham@augustaga.govmayorpro-tembowles@augustaga.gov,CWayneGuilfoyle@augustaga.govamason@augustaga.gov,jhatney@augustaga.govwlockett@augustaga.gov

Semicolon Delimited List: 
MayorDeke@augustaga.gov
maitken@augustaga.gov;jtjackson@augustaga.govcjohnson5@augustaga.gov;cbrigham@augustaga.govmayorpro-tembowles@augustaga.gov;CWayneGuilfoyle@augustaga.govamason@augustaga.gov;jhatney@augustaga.govwlockett@augustaga.gov