I just received an email about a call to action for the General Affairs Committee Meeting on October 4, 2013 where one of the items on the agenda will be the discussion of banning the sales of e-cigarettes to minors. While I wholeheartedly agree with banning the sales of any nicotine product to anyone under the age of 18, I would not support any legislation where e-cigs would be classified as "tobacco products, or tax them as such. I composed and sent an email to the members attending since I will not be able to attend personally to make my voice heard. My hopes are that other Nebraska residents will join me. Every voice is important. For those who are not CASSA members below is an outline and email addresses of the members attending; Please consider doing the followingwhen calling or writing the members of the Nebraska General Affairs Committee: 1. Inform them you SUPPORT banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. While e-cigarettes are a far less hazardous alternative to cigarettes, it makes sense to ban the sale of products containing nicotine to those under 18. This is currently the law in 25 states. 2. However, explain that youwould not support a bill that would classify e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," tax them as such, or ban their use where smoking is banned. Wyoming, Kansas, and Colorado all ban sales to minors but do not impose other burdensome regulations. 3. Tell your story about how e-cigarettes have changed your life. Did using an e-cigarette help you quit smoking? If so, what was it about the e-cigarette that helped you quit? If you use a flavor other than tobacco or menthol, tell them about why such flavors are important to smokers looking to get away from the taste of cigarette smoke. 4. Explain how the low risks of e-cigarettes is supported by research done by Dr. Michael Siegel of BostonUniversity, Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth, Dr. Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Murray Laugesen of Health New Zealand, Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University, and by the fact that the FDA testing, in spite of its press statement, failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in the vapor. 5. Direct them to the CASAA.org website, as well as CASAA's Research Library,for more information. [HR][/HR]How to Contact the Membersof the General Affairs Committee Comma delimited emaillist: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org When writing legislators, be sure to include your city so the legislators know they are being contacted by Nebraska citizens. Sen. Russ Karpisek (Chairperson) (District 32 -- Wilbur) Phone: (402) 471-2711 Email: email@example.com Sen. Bob Krist (District 10 -- Omaha) Phone: (402) 471-2718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh (District 18 -- Omaha) Phone: (402) 471-2618 Email: email@example.com Sen. Colby Coash (District 27 -- Lincoln) Phone: (402) 471-2632 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sen. Dave Bloomfield (District 17 -- Hoskins) Phone: (402) 471-2716 Email: email@example.com Sen. Jerry Johnson (District 23 -- Wahoo) Phone: (402) 471-2719 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sen. John Murante (District 49 -- Gretna) Phone: (402) 471-2725 Email: email@example.com Sen. Ken Schilz (District 47 -- Ogallala) Phone: (402) 471-2616 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pleasecc Christina Case at email@example.com on all e-mails sent on this issue so that your testimony will be put on record.