Hi, Last night, May 16th, there was a public meeting held by the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health re: the proposed ban of e-cigs in public places and in the workplace. The three people on the panel were Gregory Jacoby, General Counsel for the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Dr. Paul Sastael, and Kirsten Frandsen, Prevention Program Coordinator. Mr. Jacoby explained what the proposed regulations legally meant. Ms. Frandsen concerns were how the proposed regulations would effect the general public and Dr. Sastaels remarks focused on health issues. Ms. Frandsen said that more information and data is needed to protect the general public. She was concerned about second-hand vapor and that the rising popularity of e-cigarettes might make smoking tobacco cigarettes more socially acceptable. Dr. Sastael said that e-cigarette studies were still in their infancy and it was premature to say that e-cigarettes were safe. He pointed out that there are alternative methods for quitting smoking other than e-cigarettes that are safer, regulated, and they know they dont work 80% of the time. The proposed regulations create a false equivalency comparing cigarettes to e-cigarettes without any information or data to back it up. They say they dont have enough information to prove that e-cigarettes are safe but at the same time they dont have any data proving they are harmful. On June 1st the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is poised to vote to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and in workplaces without any data whatsoever. They will vote to ban e-cigarettes based on a presumption of how people might act. They are proposing regulations to solve a problem that doesnt exist. What can we do? Attending last nights meeting was not enough. The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet tomorrow at 3:00 pm. Comments by the public (limited to three minutes per person) is on the agenda. We have to go back. And we have to go back for the June 1st meeting when the board will vote on the proposed regulations. Were not done yet. Tomorrow we'll have a chance to tell our story to the board members face to face. That will have a greater impact than their reading the transcript from last night's meeting. When: Monday, May 18, 2011 3:00-5:00 PM Where: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Auditorium 3629 South D Street Tacoma, WA 98418 If you can't make it ... write or call these people. Here's the list again: Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health Richard Muri (currently opposes banning e-cigarettes indoors) (253) 798-3308 PHONE (253) 798-7509 FAX .....firstname.lastname@example.org (the ECF censor removed first part of email address - is a four letter nickname for Richard, then a dot before the muri) Stan Flemming (currently opposes banning e-cigarettes indoors) (253) 564-6675 PHONE email@example.com Jake Fey (serves on local advisory board of American Heart Association) (253) 594 7848 PHONE (253) 927 1068 PHONE (253) 383 5908 PHONE (253) 591 5123 FAX Jake.Fey@cityoftacoma.org Pat Johnson (Mayor of City of Buckley) (360) 829 1921 PHONE (360) 829 2629 FAX firstname.lastname@example.org Pat McCarthy (Pierce County Executive) (253) 798-6602 PHONE (253) 798-6628 FAX email@example.com Marilyn Strickland (253) 594 - 7848 PHONE (253) 396 0265 PHONE (253) 591-5123 FAX firstname.lastname@example.org Rebecca Sullivan, MD (253) 848 - 6661 PHONE (253) 841 1483 PHONE (253) 798 - 7627 FAX email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Talbert (253) 314 3514 PHONE (253) 471 2581 PHONE email@example.com Ron Lucas (Alternate) (Mayor, Town of Steilacoom) (253) 581 1912 PHONE (253) 582 0651 FAX firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria Woodards (Alternate, rep. of Tacoma City Council, At-Large position 6) (253) 591 5100 PHONE (253) 473 1449 PHONE (253) 591 5123 FAX Victoria.Woodards@cityoftacoma.org BTW ... I'm without a car. I have to pick up my son from school at 1:00 pm and then figure out how to get to Tacoma.