On September 11, 2009 the California Senate passed Bill 400 which will “authorize action to halt the sale, distribution, or offering for sale of electronic cigarettes that have not been approved or cleared by the federal Food and Drug Administration.” California Senate Bill 400 was actually originally a Bill to create “The Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
Technology Program”, then was amended to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, which we supported. Click here to view a full history of Bill 400. Of course now we do not support the Bill, as banning the product completely will mean limiting smokers choice to burning tobacco, which has well known effects on the body.
We encourage everyone who uses an electronic cigarette or knows someone who does or simply believes that the technology has public benefits to CONTACT THE GOVERNOR and ask him to veto Bill 400. If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger does does not Veto the Bill 12 days after transmittal, it becomes law. He received the Bill on Sept 28th, so on Oct 10th the Ban on Electronic Cigarettes in California will become law and go into effect on January 1st, 2010.
If you are user or supporter of Electronic Cigarettes, Email Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and ask him to Veto Bill 400. If you would like, you can use this text to email him:
Subject: Please Veto Senate Bill 400.
Senate Bill 400 is designed to ban electronic cigarettes which are an alternative to tobacco cigarettes that do not use combustion, but vaporization. Placing a ban on them now will force many users to go back to tobacco cigarettes at the expense of their health, their loved ones health, and the health of those around them.
Tobacco companies do not sell electronic cigarettes, small American companies do. And although more testing of electronic cigarettes is needed, a ban of this alternative while allowing the sale of tobacco cigarettes (which kills 400,000 American every year) is poor public policy and against public health.
Please Veto SB 400 and give smokers the right to choose an alternative to a known killer.
–Your Name Here–
If you live live in California, in addition to sending an email, please call your Governor at 916-445-2841 or Fax a letter at 916-558-3160 or send a certified letter to:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Governor Schwarzenegger is your elected official and if this issue is important to you, please act now to get your voice heard.
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