Call to Action: Saugus, MA

Saugus, MA Call to Action 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 

Smoking in Public Places

Link to news article

 The Saugus Board of Health has proposed restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

This ordinance would:
Restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and ban the use of e-cigarettes in any public place where smoking is prohibited.

UPDATE: The Saugus Board of Health is meeting April 2, 2012 to vote on a final draft. The meeting Monday is open to the public, but there is no assurance anyone will be given the opportunity to speak.  The vote will be whether to accept the draft--if accepted, it will be the subject of a public hearing the first Monday in May--and after that, the regulation will be voted upon. 

We strongly encourage local electronic cigarette users to contact the the Board of Health. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us at

Please call, e-mail, write or fax the Director of Public Health (see information below)

What to say:
1. You agree that this product should not be sold to minors, but request that they not ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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 website for more information.

Contact information:

Frank P. Giacalone, CEHT
Director of Public Health
Address:298 Central Street
Saugus, MA 01906
Fax: 781-231-4109

Joyce Redford of the North Shore/Cape Ann Tobacco Alcohol Policy Program, who is also attempting to initiate bans in other other towns in Massachusetts: