Re: SB 400
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,
I am writing to oppose SB 400, initially introduced as an energy bill. From the original text: “44272. (a) The Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is hereby created.” Seven amendments later, it ended up being a bill to ban electronic cigarettes
. No reference to energy is even in the final version. “Energy: green vehicles” morphed into “tobacco.” Then, somewhere along the way, the electronic cigarette
was defined as a tobacco substitute, next, that was stricken and the bill now will “authorize action to halt the sale, distribution, or offering for sale of electronic cigarettes…”
SB 400 will take a freedom away from the people of CA and should be immediately vetoed.
It is your responsibility to protect the freedom of thousands of Californians who have chosen the electronic cigarette (e-cig) as an alternative to burning traditional tobacco cigarettes. Allowing SB 400 to become law will drive many people who have become tobacco free back to using tobacco products. Ex-smokers will become smokers again.
Your decision will most likely cause other states to follow suit, affecting millions of other citizens of this country, as well.
There have been many studies done on e-cigs, including an FDA
study, which showed (if you take the next step and compare e-cigs to a tobacco cigarette) that the e-cig is much safer than smoking tobacco and generally has the same amount of TSNAs (tobacco specific nitrosamines) as the FDA
products. Their finding of approximately 1% DEG (diethylene glycol) shows the need for better quality control in manufacturing. Please note: DEG is found in tobacco cigarettes too. Other testing shows that the effects of nicotine on the human body are generally no worse than caffeine.
E-cigs should remain on the market and legal for adults to purchase while complete testing is done and submitted to the FDA
for approval. They are a reduced harm product and do not fall clearly into any category the FDA
has set up for regulation. With technology comes innovation. Laws take time to catch up. Please do not put the e-cig into a black market status! The FDA
will not be able to approve these without lengthy testing and research. To date, the FDA
has not banned them. California law should not supersede the FDA
without any evidence they do any harm.
E-cigs are a tobacco alternative and many choose them as a healthier way to deal with their nicotine addiction. They are not inhaling the 4000+ chemicals found in a burning tobacco cigarette. Existing NRT
products have not worked for the people who are using e-cigs. E-cigs are keeping them away from burning tobacco.
More information is available at
Please see this article: Negative Reactions Mystify Electronic Cigarette Owners - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
Please veto SB 400. E-cigs, for many users, are the only thing keeping them away from smoking tobacco cigarettes. Please do not take this choice away! Your decision could influence other states to follow suit and therefore affects everyone in this country.