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    Cheryl, I'm pretty sure Bill thinks contacting all the members of the Senate HELP committee is critical (post #14, just above), and they are named in the OP of this thread.

    Just thought I'd also say thanks ... .

    In case anyone's wondering WHY I still have the SD as my sig, it's because I got my first ecig in January 2008 but still smoked for 10 months, until I got my first SD. I have other APVs, but also still love and use my SD (with a Bulli on top). I will be forever grateful to Trog for saving my life!

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    Thanks, yvilla, for putting me back on track. Here's a message I just sent to the committee at [email protected] :

    Dear Committee Members,

    As a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, you will soon be considering a bill related to FDA oversight of nicotine and tobacco products. I am writing as a concerned citizen and a case study in the effectiveness of the new so-called e-cigarettes, an electronic vapor-delivery system that may or may not contain nicotine. And I am one of the many "accidental quitters" who happened upon this safer alternative and abruptly quit smoking after a 30+-year, pack-a-day habit. I used to shush doctors when they'd start to talk to me about quitting. "I don't even want to hear it, you're wasting your breath and my time." I had NO intention of quitting smoking less than 2 months ago -- until I received my first e-cig. Since then, I've quit tobacco cold turkey, and it's been nothing but positive. No more losing sleep from lying awake at night hacking. No more waking in the middle of the night and going on the porch for a smoke. No more fire hazard from lighters. No more ashes, burn holes, smelly butts to discard.

    Dear Congressmember, my story is typical of thousands of others. Finally a way to give up all those toxic chemicals and quit polluting the atmosphere, and still satisfy a craving we're going to yield to one way or the other. Scores of doctors and scientists have come out in support of e-cigs. The only thing their prohibition would do is keep lining Big Tobacco's pockets.

    Joel Niztkin, MD, MPH, DPA, FACPM, Chair, Tobacco Control Task Force, American Association of Public Health Physicians says of this product, “We have every reason to believe the hazard posed by electronic cigarettes would be much lower than 1% of that posed by (tobacco) cigarettes. The testing guidelines in the current tobacco act (circulating through Congress) would represent a ban on electronic cigarettes, (yet) if we get all tobacco smokers to switch from regular cigarettes (to electronic cigarettes), we would eventually reduce the US death toll from more than 400,000 a year to less than 4,000, maybe as low as 400.”

    Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason magazine, says, “Telling smokers they may not use electronic cigarettes until they’re approved by the FDA is like telling a floundering swimmer not to climb aboard a raft because it might have a leak.”

    William T. Godshall, MPH, Executive Director, Smokefree Pennsylvania, says, “Smokefree Pennsylvania strongly urges the FDA to consider the enormous public health disaster the agency would create by banning electronic cigarettes. Denying 45 million (tobacco) cigarette smokers access to this exponentially less hazardous alternative would result in millions of preventable deaths among smokers and millions of nonsmokers continuing to be exposed to tobacco smoke pollution. It is absurd to even contemplate protecting the deadliest nicotine products (tobacco cigarettes) from market competition by these less hazardous nicotine products.”

    With these points in mind, I respectfully urge you to amend the Kennedy FDA tobacco bill to allow e-cigarettes and other smokefree tobacco/nicotine products to remain on the market and to be reasonably and responsibly regulated as a separate category of tobacco products. Do not impose an outright ban on them or allow them to be seized at customs. Allow entrepreneurs to go into business developing and distributing them during the testing process. The market for e-cigs is exploding now, with supply struggling to keep up with demand, as generations of hard-core smokers seek an alternative they can literally live with.

    Please don't force me to go back to tobacco! I haven't gotten rid of my loose tobacco and cigarette-stuffing supplies in the event that e-cigs be officially banned in the U.S., but I would love to toss them for good, once I know the government will not prevent me from using this safer alternative.

    Thank you very much for your consideration.

    Very respectfully,
    I will now send the same message, substituting each individual's name, to all the members. Feel free, one and all, to adapt and personalize my message and send your own!

    Cheers,

    ~~Cheryl

    Committee members, again, from their website:

    Democrats by Rank

    Edward Kennedy (MA)
    Christopher Dodd (CT)
    Tom Harkin (IA)
    Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
    Jeff Bingaman (NM)
    Patty Murray (WA)
    Jack Reed (RI)
    Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
    Sherrod Brown (OH)
    Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
    Kay Hagan (NC)
    Jeff Merkley (OR)


    Republicans by Rank

    Michael B. Enzi (WY)Judd Gregg (NH)
    Lamar Alexander (TN)
    Richard Burr (NC)
    Johnny Isakson (GA)
    John McCain (AZ)
    Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
    Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK)
    Pat Roberts (KS)

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    Congressmembers get a ton of email every day. And phone calls are answered by staffers who will transmit a message in shorthand, perhaps even as a checked box on a form. Since I believe faxes stand out more (being rarer) and may actually even be read by the addressee, I have customized the message in my previous post and faxed it to each HELP committee member when possible. In case anyone else wants to do likewise, here's a list of fax numbers. Area code in all cases is 202. These are their DC offices. Hope this helps!

    ~~Cheryl

    (Chairman) Edward Kennedy (MA) 224-2417
    Christopher Dodd (CT) 224-1083
    Tom Harkin (IA) 224-9369
    Barbara A. Mikulski (MD) 224-8858
    Patty Murray (WA) 224-0238
    Jack Reed (RI) 224-4680
    Bernard Sanders (VT) 228-0776
    Sherrod Brown (OH) 228-6321
    Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) 228-0604
    Kay Hagan (NC) 228-2563
    Jeff Merkley (OR) 228-3997
    (Ranking Member) Michael B. Enzi (WY) 226-0359
    Lamar Alexander (TN) 228-3398
    Richard Burr (NC) 228-2981
    Johnny Isakson (GA) 228-0724
    John McCain (AZ) 228-2862
    Orrin G. Hatch (UT) 224-6331
    Lisa Murkowski (AK) 224-5301
    Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK) 224-6008
    Pat Roberts (KS) 224-3514

    No fax #:
    Jeff Bingaman (NM)
    Senator Jeff Bingaman: Legislative Issues E-Mail Form
    Judd Gregg (NH)
    Phone: (202) 224-3324 (does not respond to non-NH email)

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    A really great letter Cheryl! Thank you.

    In case anyone's wondering WHY I still have the SD as my sig, it's because I got my first ecig in January 2008 but still smoked for 10 months, until I got my first SD. I have other APVs, but also still love and use my SD (with a Bulli on top). I will be forever grateful to Trog for saving my life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvilla View Post
    A really great letter Cheryl! Thank you.
    Thanks, yvilla! I really hope people take the time to do this -- I guess it's coming up for a vote on Tuesday! Wow, they're really ramming this one through. Let's make sure they have all the facts before they cast their votes!

    ~~Cheryl

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    Here are names and phone numbers of Senate HELP staff dealing with FDA Tobacco Bill

    All phone numbers begin with (202)-224

    Senator Staffer Phone #
    Kennedy Jeff Teitz 4-0767
    Dodd Tamar Magarik Haro 4-2823
    Harkin Daniel Stevens 4-3254
    Mikulski Brigid Houton 4-4654
    Bingaman Fred Isasi 4-5521
    Murray Paula Burg 4-2621
    Reed Seth GersonTopher Spiro 4-4642
    Brown Jessica McNeice, Robert Downing 4-2315
    Casey Morna Murray, Gillian Mueller 4-6324
    Hagen 4-6342
    Merkley 4-3753

    Enzi Amy Mulberg 4-6770
    Gregg Elizabeth Wroe 4-3324
    Alexander Mary Sumpter Johnson 4-4944
    Burr Josh MartinChris Wall 4-3154
    Isakson Tyler Thompson 4-3643
    McCain Talal Mir 4-2235
    Hatch 4-5251
    Murkowski Amanda Makki 4-6665
    Coburn Stephanie Carlton, Evan Feinberg 4-5754
    Roberts Alison Anway 4-4774

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Godshall View Post
    Here are names and phone numbers of Senate HELP staff dealing with FDA Tobacco Bill
    Thanks, Bill! Do you happen to have fax numbers as well?

    Cheers,

    ~~Cheryl

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    Senate HELP Cmte fax numbers are listed at beginning of this thread.
    I don't think staff have individual fax numbers, but they do have individual phone numbers.
    Any calls made to Senate HELP Cmte should ask for these staff, as the receptionists who answer the phones have no influence over the Senators (but these staffers so).

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    Thanks Bill. I will call my senator's (Patty Murray's) aide Monday and engage him or her in a conversation about how e-cigs are saving lives, even among those like myself who really had no intention of quitting tobacco to begin with.

    Cheers,

    ~~Cheryl

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    "Accidental quitters" is a clever description, and catchy. I suggest we use it more often in this campaign.

    I also don't know why this bill is related to government pensions. These are two separate and entirely unrelated issues. Two different bills? yvilla???

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