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Tempe bans e-cigarette use in public

Dianna M. Náñez, The Republic | | August 1, 2014

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"It's a battle playing out across the country: the concern
for public health vs. freedom from government regulation.
In Arizona, the latest front is in Tempe, where the
concern for public health won — at least for now.
This week, Tempe became the first Arizona city to
ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas,
joining a growing number of municipalities
nationwide in the debate over the nicotine devices.
"This week, Tempe became the first
Arizona city to ban the use of
electronic cigarettes in public areas..."
However, critics point out that there's no way to know whether the ordinance is warranted
because the federal Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide how or whether to regulate
e-cigarettes. Nevertheless, the Tempe City Council voted 5-1 Thursday to approve the
ordinance, which mirrors statewide regulation of tobacco cigarettes."
Big Tobacco Tries to Don A New Look: Are You Buying?
BY BILL BRIGGS 08/10/14  NBC News
Why the US hasn't banned vaping—
and a map of countries that have
Updated by Julia Belluz on July 11, 2014, 11:11 a.m. ET
Numerous medical groups are calling for tighter controls on electronic
cigarettes. "As a precaution," the joint statement from the Forum of
International Respiratory Societies read, "electronic nicotine delivery
devices should be restricted or banned until more information about
their safety is available."

As e-cigarettes keep rising in popularity, more than a dozen countries
have already taken steps to ban the nicotine vaporizers because of
worries over potential health risks such as poisoning and addiction. At
the same time, e-cigarettes keep netting celebrity endorsements,
including one from vaccine-denying former Playboy bunny Jenny
McCarthy who swears by their health benefits.

With barely any regulatory steps taken, the United States remains a bit
of a wild west for e-cigarette use—although that could be changing
See entire article l►here.
Why the e-cigarette free-for-all in America?
WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes may not be
as harmless as they initially seemed. New research suggests that
e-cigarette vapor produces tiny particles that users suck deep into their
lungs, potentially causing or worsening respiratory diseases.
E-Cigarette Vapor's Potentially Harmful Particles
By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter
ACAS Policy Recommendation:
Wherever "No Smoking permitted"
areas apply, it includes
"No e-cigarette emissions permitted.
"What are electronic cigarettes?"
    "Electronic cigarettes or
    ENDS (electronic nicotine
    delivery systems) are
    devices whose function is
    to vaporize and deliver to
    the lungs of the user a
    chemical mixture typically
    composed of nicotine,
    propylene glycol and other
    chemicals, although some
    products claim to contain
    no nicotine. A number of
    ENDS are offered in
    flavours that can be
    particularly attractive to
    adolescents. Electronic
    cigarettes (e-cigs) are the
    most common prototype of

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orld Health Organization
"E-cigarettes are evolving
rapidly and being marketed
like cigarettes were in the
1950s and 1960s"
    "Marketing is back on
    television and radio,
    aggressive placement
    in convenience stores
    (next to candy) and in
    other stores, and youth
    are rapidly adopting e-

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Background Paper
on e-cigarettes
At Philip Morris — maker of Marlboro, the top-selling cigarette — executives haven’t crafted a slick slogan to
accompany a new business direction. But rebranding is part of the corporate DNA. Today, Philip Morris operates under
the parent company Altria Group, Inc. The name Altria is rooted in the Latin word for “high.”
But after five decades of federal health warnings, heart-breaking tales from dying ex-smokers, and hefty civil penalties
against cigarette makers for causing wrongful deaths, talk of “harm reduction” and “lower-risk products” has plenty of

Then there are the true doubters, like Patrick Reynolds, grandson of R.J. Reynolds — the man who founded his self-
named tobacco company in 1875.
Altria’s latest products similarly reflect an evolving marketplace — during the last 50 years, cigarette consumption has
been cut in half. In 2013, Altria launched its first e-cig, MarkTen, and expanded Verve, a chewable nicotine disc. Its
website is sprinkled with language signaling a different approach, including a vow to “address societal expectations”
and a promise to connect “adults who have decided to quit smoking with information to help them.”
"Their credibility is very low when it comes to trying to do good in the world," Patrick Reynolds said. "They're trying to
adapt to the times. They see smoking as on the way out. They have a disappearing market base. They're looking to
survive in the smoke-free world, and that is coming.
"The tobacco industry," he added, "they're trying to put on the emperor's clothes, but in the end, we see the naked
E-cigarettes a 'gateway' to harder drugs, study says
Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may function as a "gateway drug" that can prime the brain to be more
receptive to harder drugs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to the debate about the risks and benefits of
electronic cigarettes, the increasingly popular devices that deliver nicotine directly without burning tobacco.

"With e-cigarettes, we get rid of the danger to the lungs and to the heart, but no one has mentioned the brain," coauthor
Dr. Eric Kandel of Columbia University, whose findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said in a
telephone interview.

In laboratory studies, the researchers showed that "once mice and rats are on nicotine, they are more addicted to
cocaine" after being introduced to that drug, said Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar of the University of Louisville, who was not involved
in the study but chaired a 10-member American Heart Association panel on the impact of e-cigarettes.

That was true even when the mice received nicotine without burning tobacco, Kandel, a 2000 Nobel laureate for his work
on memory, told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.

The findings by Kandel and his wife, Columbia University researcher Denise Kandel, expand on her earlier work on
nicotine as a "gateway drug," a theory she first reported on in 1975.

"E-cigarettes have the same physiological effects on the brain and may pose the same risk of addiction to other drugs as
regular cigarettes, especially in adolescence during a critical period of brain development," they wrote.

Although it is not yet clear whether e-cigarettes will prove to be a gateway to the use of conventional cigarettes and illicit
drugs, they said "that's certainly a possibility."

"Nicotine clearly acts as a gateway drug on the brain, and this effect is likely to occur whether the exposure comes from
smoking cigarettes, passive tobacco smoke, or e-cigarettes," they wrote.

Electronic cigarettes are now a $3 billion business with 466 brands that include candy flavoring and are increasingly
popular among children, according to the World Health Organization.

Using 2004 epidemiologic data from a large, longitudinal sample, Denise Kandel found that the rate of cocaine
dependence was highest among users who started using cocaine after having smoked cigarettes.

Dr. Shanta Rishi Dube of the Georgia State University School of Public Health, who was not involved in the research, said
the results "appear valid based on prior studies that have looked at nicotine as a potential gateway (drug)."

Bhatnagar said the findings strengthen the case for regulation of e-cigarettes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"If we don't have strict laws on youth access and marketing for e-cigarettes, we may fuel an entire new generation of
people on nicotine, and that will be a gateway drug for the use of other drugs," Bhatnagar said.

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"What are electronic
cigarettes? Are they
safer than conventional
    "Until more is known
    about the potential
    risks, the safe play is
    to say no to
    electronic cigarettes."
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Mayo Clinic Health
"Electronic Cigarettes
Harm The Lungs"
"Electronic cigarettes,
seen by many as a
healthy alternative to
tobacco smoking, do
cause damage to the
lungs, scientists from the
University of Athens,
Greece, explained at the
European Respiratory
Society's Annual
Congress 2012,

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Philadelphia Council Member
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recognized with a Health
Leadership Award in his Office
at Philadelphia City Hall, a National
Historic Landmark, by Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking (ACAS)
Executive Director, Philip J.

Council Member Greenlee was
recognized for his continued
commitment to the protection and
promotion of smoke and
tobacco-free workplace policies
including e-cigarettes.

Council Member Greenlee's
legislation, which treats
e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes,
was unanimously approved
by the Philadelphia City Council
and went into effect 07.01.14.

Philadelphia's leadership and
efforts in this regard will help
encourage and inspire countless other communities and work-places across the nation of this real threat to our existing smoke and
tobacco-free policies.

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( This useful material can and should be used to assist local
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For any questions about this well deserved recognition please contact:
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Gilbert becomes 3rd Arizona city to regulate e-cigarettes
The regulation came after the town received
several complaints of people using e-cigarettes
inside the Freestone Recreation Center.
Councilwoman Jenn Daniels said she had seen
people using them in the Town Hall lobby.

The council first discussed an e-cigarette ordinance
in June, but held off until council members spoke
with supporters, opponents and businesses.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices and
release a vapor that contains nicotine but no
The Food and Drug Administration has yet to
regulate e-cigarettes, and there is little conclusive
research regarding the long-term effects of inhaling
e-cigarette vapor. Some states and cities have
taken regulation into their own hands, including
Arizona, which prohibits minors from purchasing
In August, Tempe became the first city in Arizona to regulate e-cigarettes with an amendment prohibiting their use in public
areas, including private businesses and workplaces. Neighboring Guadalupe passed a similar ordinance around the same time.

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DENVER, CO - November 19, 2014 - This Thursday, Nov. 20th marks the annual Great American Smokeout by the American Cancer
Society.  It’s a day to encourage people to let go of smoking habits and to reduce their exposure to secondhand smoke.
According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in
the US.  The healthcare costs associated with tobacco use is an astonishing $96 billion and an estimated 42 million people still smoke
cigarettes.  There is a direct correlation to education and income levels as 90% of smokers do not have a college degree and 30% of adult
smokers live below the poverty level (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Smoke-Free Gaming of America urges casinos to not promote smoking and tobacco use for the health benefits of the customers and
employees.  Going smoke-free in casinos also greatly improves the health of the employees who are otherwise breathing toxic secondhand
smoke on a regular basis.  
Gamblers who don’t smoke or who quit smoking also benefit the gaming industry.  “The smoking percentage of gamblers is down to only
20% and the gaming industry continues to build smoke-free casinos in states across the US and abroad,” said Stephanie Steinberg,
Chairwoman of Smoke-Free Gaming of America.  "In addition, smokers die on average 12 years sooner had they not smoked which
translates to 12 years of lost revenue per gambler who smokes.  
To stay profitable in the long run, the gaming industry should seek to encourage their customers to quit smoking so they live longer and
gamble longer.

Cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds that cause and contribute to respiratory disease, stroke, heart disease and

Smoke-Free Gaming of America is a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for casinos to be smoke-free for the health of the
employees and the public.