Call to Action: North Myrtle Beach, SC

North Myrtle Beach, SC Call to Action 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 

Smoking in Public Places

Link to City Council Agenda

Text of proposed ordinance begins on page 51

The North Myrtle Beach City Council has proposed a smoking ordinance which includes the use of electronic cigarettes in the definition of smoking.

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

The Council is meeting on Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm, to vote on the ordinance. Public comments will be allowed from any attendees wishing to speak. We strongly encourage local electronic cigarette users to attend and comment at the meeting. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at board@casaa.org.

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

What to say:
1. You would like them to amend the proposed ordinance to remove electronic cigarette use from the definition of smoking in Sec.12-81.

2. Tell your story on how switching to an e-cigarette or smokeless tobacco has changed your life. You may want to tell of an experience with vaping in public, if you have one that would display the difference between using e-cigarettes and smoking.

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:

Mayor Marilyn Hatley
mayorhatley@nmb.us 
843-280-8878(b)
843-272-6205(h)

Councilman Terry White
Ocean Drive
[Mayor Pro Tem]
terry@white-realty.com
843-272-6115(b)
843-272-3323(h)
843-272-7662(f)

Councilman J.O. Baldwin
Crescent Beach
jobaldwin@sc.rr.com
843-272-5853(b)

Councilman Robert Cavanaugh
At Large
rjcavanaugh@nmb.us
843-249-1712(h)
843-280-4979(f)

Councilman Greg Duckworth
Windy Hill
GDuckMan@aol.com
843-902-8050(m)

Councilman Hank Thomas 
At Large
Hank.thomas@century21thomas.com
843-249-9236(h)
843-249-2100(w) 

Councilman Fred Coyne
Cherry Grove
fcoyne01@gmail.com 
843-458-1698(m)

Comma separated email list:
mayorhatley@nmb.us, terry@white-realty.com, jobaldwin@sc.rr.com, rjcavanaugh@nmb.us, GDuckMan@aol.com, Hank.thomas@century21thomas.com, fcoyne01@gmail.com

Semi-colon separated email list:
mayorhatley@nmb.us; terry@white-realty.com; jobaldwin@sc.rr.com; rjcavanaugh@nmb.us; GDuckMan@aol.com; Hank.thomas@century21thomas.com; fcoyne01@gmail.com