Urgent E-cig Action Alert: Please contact US Senate HELP Committee TODAY

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  1. Bill Godshall

    Bill Godshall Executive Director
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    Urgent E-cig Action Alert

    US Senate HELP Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:30PM to demonize e-cigs and lobby for vaping bans, e-cig ad bans and FDA’s proposed deeming regulation that would ban >99% of e-cig products, give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, and threaten the lives of all vapers and smokers. FDA’s Mitch Zeller and CDC’s Tim McAfee are the only witness invited to testify.
    US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: Hearings - Hearing
    Week ahead: Senate Democrats target e-cigarettes | TheHill

    Last week, Harkin and several other Senate Democrats sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg repeating fear mongering claims about e-cig vapor, and calling for even more unwarranted restrictions on e-cigs.
    US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: Newsroom - Press Releases

    Immediate Action Requested (Deadline Thursday, May 15[SUP]th[/SUP] at 2:30PM)

    Please contact US Senate HELP Cmte members (listed below) from your state TODAY urging him/her to oppose FDA’s proposed deeming regulation because it would ban >99% of e-cigs (including all premium vaporizers and e-liquid), give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco, create a huge black market and increase safety risks, and threaten the lives of all vapers and smokers.

    Suggested questions for Senators to ask FDA’s Mitch Zeller:

    - How can public health benefit by FDA banning 99% of e-cigarette products that have helped many smokers quit?

    - How can public health benefit if FDA protects cigarettes from market competition (by far less hazardous vaporizers) and gives the e-cigarette industry (comprised of several thousand mostly small companies) to Big Tobacco and perhaps several large cigalike companies?

    - Why does the FDA keep denying the scientific and empirical evidence that e-cigarettes have helped many smokers quit, as the proposed deeming regulation states (on page 40) “There is no evidence to date that e-cigarettes are effective cessation devices.”?

    - Why does the FDA consider tobacco companies and anti tobacco activists to be “stakeholders” in the regulatory process, but not consumers whose lives are at stake?

    - Since e-cigarettes are far less hazardous than cigarettes, and since nearly all e-cigarette consumption is by smokers and former smokers who switched to e-cigarettes, doesn’t that benefit, instead of threaten public health?

    Suggested questions for Senators to ask CDC’s Tim McAfee:

    - Since the CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey found that teen smokers were 20 times more likely than nonsmokers to report past e-cig use, that <1% of nonsmoking teens reported past e-cig use, and that teen smoking rates declined from 2011 to 2012, why did CDC Director Tom Frieden and you tell the news media e-cigarettes were addicting youth, were gateways to smoking, and can renormalize smoking?

    - Why is the CDC recruiting and offering to pay e-cigarette users who were diagnosed with a “serious health condition” to appear in advertisements even if their disease wasn’t caused by e-cigarette use? CDC Recruitment Ad for 2015 (All Conditions Only)

    - Why does the CDC refuse to acknowledge that many smokers have quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes?

    - Why does the CDC oppose smokers switching to far less hazardous e-cigarettes?

    - Since e-cigarettes are less hazardous than cigarettes, and since far more smokers begin using e-cigarettes than nonsmokers, aren’t e-cigarettes benefiting public health?

    Please urge Senators to ask some of these (or other) questions at tomorrow’s hearing.

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    Tom Harkin (IA) Chair
    (202) 224-3254

    Barbara Mikulski (MD)
    (202) 224-4654

    Patty Murray (WA)
    (202) 224-2626

    Bernard Sanders (VT)
    (202) 224-5141

    Robert P. Casey, Jr (PA)
    (202) 224-6324

    Kay Hagen (NC)
    (202) 224-6342

    Al Franken (MN)
    (202) 224-5641

    Michael Bennet (CO)
    (202) 224-5852

    Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
    (202) 224-2921

    Tammy Baldwin (WI)
    (202) 224-5653

    Christopher Murphy (CT)
    (202) 224-4041

    Elizabeth Warren (MA)
    (202) 224-4543


    Lamar Alexander (TN) Ranking Member
    (202) 224-4944

    Michael Enzi (WY)
    (202) 224-3424
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    Richard Burr (NC)
    (202) 224-3154

    Johnny Isakson (GA)
    (202) 224-3643

    Rand Paul (KY)
    (202) 224-4343

    Orrin Hatch (UT)
    (202) 224-5251

    Pat Roberts (KS)
    (202) 224-4774

    Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    (202) 224-6665

    Mark Kirk (IL)
    (202) 224-2854

    Tim Scott (SC)
    (202) 224-6121

    Bill Godshall
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    Smokefree Pennsylvania
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