Call to Action: New Jersey

New Jersey Call to Action 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 

An act prohibiting smoking in automobiles when children are present

Link to A1016

This bill would: 
Ban smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in cars if children 16 or under are present. A violation would carry a $100 fine.

The bill has been referred to the NJ Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

Please call, write or fax the members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee listed below.

What to say: 
1. You would like them to amend the bill to remove e-cigarette use from the definition of smoking, specifically: Section 1(b) "or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device."

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 automobile use bans on electronic cigarettes would be nearly impossible.

5. 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%.

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.

Contact information:

Charles Mainor (D) Chair
485-7 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07304    
(201) 536-7851

Gilbert L. "Whip" Wilson (D) Vice-chair
Audubon Commercial Center
130 Black Horse Pike
Suite D-3
Audubon, NJ 08106
(856) 547-4800
FAX: (856) 547-5496

Nelson T. Albano (D) 
21 North Main St.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-0700 (Cape May Court House)
(856) 765-0891 (Millville)
(856) 696-7109 (Vineland)
FAX: (609) 465-4578 (Cape May Court House)

Daniel R. Benson (D) 
3691A Nottingham Way
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
(609) 631-0198

Sean Connors (D)

Joseph Cryan (D) 
985 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 624-0880
FAX: (908) 624-0587

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) 
226 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 292-0500
FAX: (609) 633-2179,,,,,,;;;;;;