Call to Action: Indianapolis-Marion COunty, IN

Indianapolis-Marion County, IN Call to Action 
Sunday, April 1, 2012 

PROP 136 - A PROPOSAL FOR A GENERAL ORDINANCE amending Sec. 616 with respect to nonsmoking areas. 

Link to proposed ordinance

This ordinance would: 
Ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any public place where smoking is disallowed.

UPDATE 4/3/12: Prop 136 was passed by the Rules and Public Policy committee and is being sent to the full Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. The issue will be discussed and voted upon Monday, April 16, at 5:30 PM. It is extremely important to call and write! If you can, get a face-to-face meeting with your councilperson to tell your story and demonstrate why e-cigarettes should NOT be included in the smoking ban. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at

Please call or write the members of the City-County Council listed below.

UPDATE: During the Jan. 17th Committee meeting, one of the sponsors of the bill implied that all of the emails they had been receiving were from people who had financial interest in the e-cigarette industry.  When writing to the Council members, please emphasize your personal story and that you are a consumer, not an industry representative.

What to say: 
1. You would like them to amend the proposed ordinance to remove e-cigarette use, specifically: in Section 616-102. Definitions, item (k) needs to have the text "the use of an electronic cigarette (also known as an e-cigarette)," deleted.

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. Because of these facts, it is not difficult for people to differentiate between smoking and use of a smoke-free e-cigarette.

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.

7. Direct them to the website for more information.

Use this link to find your district:

Contact Information

ANGELA MANSFIELD (Sponsor) (D) Dist 2 (317) 872-3306 Cell: (317) 413-6868

JOHN BARTH (Sponsor) (D) At large Cell: (317) 902-1453

JEFF MILLER (Sponsor) (R) Dist 19 (317) 917-0545

BENJAMIN HUNTER (Sponsor) (R) Dist 21 (317) 508-0688

ZACH ADAMSON (D) At large Cell: (317) 683-9224


LEROY ROBINSON (D) At large (317) 329-0923

JOSE M EVANS (D) Dist 1 Cell: (317) 777-4711

RYAN VAUGHN (R) Dist 3 Cell: (317) 437-7701

CHRISTINE SCALES (R) Dist 4 (317) 578-8901

VIRGINIA J. ALIG CAIN (R) Dist 5 (317) 823-2460

JANICE MCHENRY (R) Dist 6 (317) 298-5285

MAGGIE A. LEWIS (D) Dist 7 (317) 289-6059


JOSEPH SIMPSON (D) Dist 9 Cell: (317) 710-3612

WILLIAM C. OLIVER (D) Dist 10 (317) 546-7467

STEVE TALLEY (D) Dist 11 (317) 545-3163

MICHAEL J. MCQUILLEN (R) Dist 12 Cell: (317) 374-1481

ROBERT B. LUTZ (R) Dist 13 (317) 241-4020

MARILYN PFISTERER (R) Dist 14 (317) 244-7156

VOP OSILI (D) Dist 15 Cell: (317) 332-0877

BRIAN MAHERN (D) Dist 16 (317) 331-5011

MARY MORIARTY ADAMS (D) Dist 17 Cell: (317) 690-6606

VERNON BROWN (D) Dist 18 (317) 327-8645

FRANK MASCARI (D) Dist 20 (317) 788-0520

JASON HOLLIDAY (R) Dist 22 Cell: (317) 517-8118

JEFFERY L. CARDWELL (R) Dist 23 (317) 781-4769

JACK SANDLIN (R) Dist 24 (317) 714-3266

AARON FREEMAN (R) Dist 25 (317) 281-9406

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