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Contact Schwarzenegger to oppose SB 400, CA ban - Form Letter

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  1. Kamanjah

    Kamanjah Senior Member ECF Veteran

    We in CA need all the help we can get with bringing our opposition to SB 400 to the attention of the Gov. Everyone: Please email, mail, fax or telephone a comment opposing SB 400. It can be as simple as saying "Please oppose SB 400." Or, you can write a letter.

    This bill will become law if the gov does not veto by Oct 11. If he does not veto, it will automatically become law even without his signature!

    Link to send email: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - Interact

    Snail mail at top of letter.

    Phone: 916-445-2841
    Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

    Here is a form letter I put together, with the help of several people on RTV & VF. Feel free to use it as is or with your own changes.

    Please post on other boards you visit! I'm posting it on RTV and VF.

    Thanks to everyone who helped on this!

    Note: The vapers club dot com links have a space in them so they will show up.

    So, if you cut & paste, please fix the links.

    Please use this thread for discussion per SJ.

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    September 19, 2009

    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.

    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 approved NRT 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
    http://www.vapers club/factsaboutpvs.html
    http://www.vapers club/vapersclubdotcompamphlet.pdf
    http://www.vapers club/pg.html

    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!

    Respectfully submitted,
  2. ferretlovr

    ferretlovr Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2009
    Paradise, CA
    Great job, Kam. I'll make a few minor changes and send one off today. I'll also give a couple to some friends and family to mail. Thank you.
  3. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 5, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

    Please Veto SB400!

    This was a bill that was originally designed to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children, a purpose which we would have all agreed with in its original form. However SB400, somehow in a matter of a few days, morphed into a complete “prohibition of of the sale of electronic cigarettes in California” and passed in the Senate, while we were commemorating 9/11 and had absolutely no time to protest its altered scope and intention. This bill does not represent the will of the people of the State of California!

    Although not sold as a “quit smoking device”, thousands have successfully used the electronic cigarette to quit or or greatly reduce their tobacco smoking and reduce the health risks associated with the combustion of tobacco. Prohibiting the sale of the e-cigarette will not only return many to smoking cigarettes, it could also create a new black market in e cig material that will turn ordinary citizens into “criminals of the State” just to get their nicotine in a safer form.

    SB400 was a good intention, run amok. The same arguments re “flavors appealing to children” could also be used to bar the sale of Peppermint Schnapps.

    California is losing jobs, and we will now be shutting down e cigarette businesses? It makes no sense.

    Please Governor Schwarzenegger, represent us where our legislators failed us and veto SB400!


    (Your name)
  4. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Which subject catagory should we choose when using the email form? "Request - general" or "Food & Ag issues/concerns" or another one? There's also "Governor" and "Consumer Affairs". What does this fall under?

    I'll copy this letter to send and also include a link to my article!!
  5. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Just curious - Why is "NRT" always abbreviated? I honestly don't even know what it actually stands for with certainty - is it "nicotine reduction therapy??" Maybe that should be written out first for dopes like me?
  6. solonguniverse

    solonguniverse Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 8, 2009
    Missouri, USA
    Nicotine Replacement Therapy...and that bill is bogus. I hope that everyone who's vaping today can keep vaping or quit smoking so we don't give the government another damned dime of death taxes.
  7. unknwn

    unknwn Senior Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Kristan's question about the catagory to file an email message to the Governor's website should be addressed at the earliest opportunity.
    My message is waiting confirmation of this info, and i'm certain that AT LEAST one more is also.

    What is it? :
    "Request - general"
    "Food & Ag issues/concerns"
    "Consumer Affairs"

    We need some help here people.
  8. Vaporizer

    Vaporizer Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2009
    Another way to contact him if you want to keep it short and simple is to tweet him. Seems like someone is constantly updating his twitter so looks like it may get read. His twitter is @Schwarzenegger. Worth a shot.
  9. Kamanjah

    Kamanjah Senior Member ECF Veteran

    OK, I picked Consumer Affairs. We are consumers, this is our 'affair.' Should have put that in the orig post, sorry. Then on the email text page, be sure to put con in the pro/con selection.

    @Vaporizer, would you be so kind as to tell me how to tweet Schwarzenegger? I have an account, 'followed' him, but am having trouble figuring out how to stick up an "Oppose SB 400" note directed to him. Thanks! (I don't usually tweet!)
  10. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    His Twitter page comes up after you submit the email it's
  11. kristin

    kristin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    I emailed this version. I added one sentence for those of us not living in California. I also included a link to my article - hopeful the anecdotal stories will help sway him.
  12. Kamanjah

    Kamanjah Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks Kristin - and everyone else who has emailed. Looks like we may have a chance to get noticed!!!

    Um, I'm on that twitter page, where can I write "Oppose SB 400"??? Duh.
  13. Reuben

    Reuben Full Member

    Sep 8, 2009
    Puerto Rico
    I already send an e-mail to the governor, but under category I put "Governor". I chose that because I see options like for example 'First Lady' and others like that, and I want my e-mail to go directly to the governor office and not other agency, you know, just in case.


    "The reverse of the fate is called conscience: Freedom".
  14. Vaporizer

    Vaporizer Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2009
    Hi Kamanjah to get a message to appear to him update your status but at the beginning of the status update put "@Schwarzenegger" less the quotes and then your message and it will appear on his timeline. If enough users do this his timeline will be full of Oppose SB 400 Tweets. Now not everyone will be able to see them but he or whoever is updating his twitter page will. Hope this helps.
  15. Kamanjah

    Kamanjah Senior Member ECF Veteran

  16. Vaporizer

    Vaporizer Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2009
    No problem, Let us know if he replies back. Ive seen some replies in his timeline before.
  17. Robert

    Robert Moved On

    Jun 18, 2009
    San Diego, CA.
    OK I emailed him- He puffs cuban cigars so I'm sure this is going to do nothing- not feeling the Cali Goverment will help me at all..

    If this passes I will be selling my mod for double on craigslist! They can send the men in blue if they want to stop me! There is an A in a circle tatoo'd to my arm for a reason.
  18. OutWest

    OutWest Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Feb 8, 2009
    Oklahoma USA
  19. Chris From Cali

    Chris From Cali Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2008
    Riverside, CA USA
    I've emailed and posted your letter along with others on Vapor Talk, I hope he hears our calls! I don't care what forum your from so long as we make the effort to stop this.

    I also picked up a cheap fax machine from Rite Aid of all places (34 bucks) and started faxing stuff out, it's easier than you'd think to do from home :)
  20. nowheregirl

    nowheregirl Full Member

    Sep 23, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    I just sent your form letter. Thank you for putting this together. I am just starting out my life of being smoke free and would hate to have to turn back now. It would mean that my hopes and dreams of not having to live the every day hell of the nicotine addiction struggle would be yanked out from under me. I'm sure we all feel very strongly about this.

    current mood:
    Very pissed off at the thought of this.
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