From: Brittani Jorgensen
To: Ronda Menlove, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Richard Greenwood, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Jennifer M. Seelig, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, anicefisher, Larry Wiley, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, Earl Tanner, Tim Cosgrove, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson, Evan Vickers, Allen Christensen, Luz Robles, Brian Shiozawa, Daniel Thatcher,
Subject: To Whom it may concern; on E-Cigarettes.
Date: Wed Feb 26 02:28:54 MST 2014
Body:
I am a very concerned Utah resident and while I support banning sales of e-cigarettes to minors, I absolutely OPPOSE any legislation that would limit adult access to these life-saving products, or limit the flavors available. Adults enjoy flavorful things just as much as children! 

Switching to my NDD, or nicotine delivery device (So called, because these are NOT electronic cigarettes, and have nothing to do with tobacco in the least) has changed my life, and my husband's life dramatically! I no longer smell disgusting, my children no longer back away from their parents because we stink of cigarette, I am no longer poisoning my body with horrible chemicals. We are safe, our children are safe. Why are you trying to take away a safer alternative to smoking? This is an improvement on smoking! It is not your place to take away something that has helped so many, so much! This is not up to you! This is up to the people who's lives have been saved or improved by these devices! 

Making online sales of NDDs (e-cigarettes) illegal would dramatically impact adult NDD (e-cigarette) users in the state.  Online sales are the best (and in some cases only) choice for many adult residents in Utah.
  • Due to highly restrictive zoning requirements throughout the state, vendors have difficulty opening brick and mortar shops.  (For example, in Bountiful, Utah the city refused to renew permits for four local vapor (e-cigarette) shops.)  
  • Particularly in rural areas, the nearest brick and mortar vapor (e-cigarette) shop for some consumers may be hundreds of miles away.  
  • The effect of this legislation will be to basically prevent consumer access to anything other than the mass-produced products sold in convenience stores and gas stations, products which are generally of a lower quality and satisfaction level than those offered by vapor (e-cigarette) shops. Lower quality and satisfaction mean less chance of successfully making the switch from smoking. (And even access to the products sold in convenience stores may be limited or eliminated if state-level manufacturing standards are imposed since manufacturers of the mass-produced products may simply decide not to sell in Utah, leaving adult Utah consumers with no access to these life-saving products.) 
  • This legislation would actually serve to protect the large tobacco and e-cigarette companies whose mass-produced products are available wherever traditional combustible cigarettes are sold.
  • Given the low risks of e-cigarette use, there is no reason for the State to do anything to make e-cigarettes less accessible to adult consumers who are choosing to use e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, thereby reducing their health risks by an estimated 99%.
    • The low risk of NDDs (e-cigarettes) is supported by research done by Dr. Siegel of Boston University, Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth, Dr Maciej L Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. 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.
    • A comprehensive review conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public Health based on over 9,000 observations of NDD (e-cigarette) liquid and vapor found "no apparent concern" for bystanders exposed to e-cigarette vapor, even under "worst case" assumptions about exposure.
4.  Explain that imposing state-level licensing and manufacturing requirements on the manufacture of hardware and liquid that applies not only to Utah businesses but also businesses in other states:

  • Will dramatically reduce the availability of liquids and hardware for adult consumers in the state and may actually work as a de facto ban on manufacturing and sales within the state given the uncertainty of the standards that may be proposed.
  • Will create a black market for products within the state and will leave some consumers feeling that they have little choice but to go back to smoking, dramatically increasing their health risks.
  • Will not, as claimed by Rep. Ray, protect the children of Utah.  These are regulations designed to make it more difficult for adult consumers to access these life-saving products.

I urge you to visit the CASAA.org website, as well as the  CASAA Research Library , for more information.


Thank you for your time,

Brittani and Weston Jorgensen