20 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio

Make smoke-free a basic human right

Smoking in multi-family/apartment buildings needs to be outlawed. I have personally moved from building to building to consistently end up in a unit above a very active smoker. It's not just a nuisance; it makes me physically ill (as one can imagine toxic chemicals might.) I experience dizziness, nausea, and terrible migraine headaches. The only responses I've received from landlords and offending neighbors are "there's nothing we can do" and "it stinks to be you!"  It should not be a "me" problem that my health is being affected by a neighbors toxic smoke leaking into private space. Smoke free buildings exist, but they are very expensive and difficult to come by. The only realistic option for far too many is to roll the dice and take a chance that they'll have non-smoking neighbors. So far, myself and many others have not been so lucky. I and countless other non-smoking citizens spend our days inhaling a stranger’s addiction instead of making our own choices for health. The law says that people have the right to smoke in their own residences, but why is it that they have the right to physically harm their neighbors?  Why is it that we can report a noise disturbance but we can't report a smoke disturbance? The smoke isn’t just a disturbance- it is severely and negatively impacting other lives. It should be a basic human right for each person to choose which carcinogens they come in contact with throughout their life, especially in the comfort of their own home. Our neighbors shouldn't have the right to make that decision for us. Our neighbors should not have the right to shorten our lives with the decision to shorten their own.  It's high time for New Yorkers to be able to take control of their health and breathe clean air.  It is high time for smoking in shared buildings to be outlawed, once and for all.   

Tara Suess
12 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Kenny Allen, Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon, Benjamin Sasse, Deb Fischer, Jim Scheer, Joni Albrecht, Roy Baker, Carol Blood, Kate Bolz, Bruce Bostelman, Lydia Brasch, Tom Briese, Ernie Chambers, Robert Clements, Joni Craighead, Sue Crawford, Laura Ebke, Steve Erdman, Curt Friesen, Suzanne Geist, Michael Groene, Steve Halloran, Matt Hansen, Mike Hilgers, Robert Hilkemann, Sara Howard, Nebraska Governor, Nebraska State Senate, Nebraska State House

Make Smoking in Cars With Children A Prosectuable Offense

We the undersigned believe it should be illegal to smoke with underage children in vehicles! Tobacco smoke contains thousands of different chemicals that are released into the air as particles and gases. The particulate phase of cigarette smoke includes nicotine, "tar" (itself composed of many chemicals), benzene and benzo(a)pyrene. The gas phase includes carbon monoxide, ammonia, dimethylnitrosamine, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and acrolein. Asthma Exacerbation in Children -- 400,000Acute Lower Respiratory Illness (Children < 18 mo.) -- 150,000 More than 5 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses. U.S. Surgeon General %u2013 Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, the Surgeon General concluded that: - Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children. This is no different than handing a child a cigarette! Please, help us protect our children! Thank you for taking your time to read our plea.

Cade Allen
24 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Support Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Electronic Vapor Alternatives Act of 2017

We want our representatives in the US Congress and US Senate to take this issue seriously and pass this bill introduced by Congressman Duncan Hunter. The Bill Would replace current FDA Deeming Regulations and do the following 1.Vaping products will be removed from the definition of “tobacco” that is currently identified in the Tobacco Control Act. 2.As a result, the need for vaping manufacturers to undergo the expensive and time-consuming PMTA process will be eliminated and replaced with new, and less costly, approval protocols yet to be defined. An independent regulatory framework separate from Big Tobacco products will be established. 3.New standards for e-liquid and vaping technology manufacturing will also be put into place with special attention to battery safety, short circuit protection capabilities, and discharge monitoring (It is this section of the bill that is perhaps causing the most pushback). 4.Serial and lot number tracking for vaping technology will also be put into place. New vaping regulations will be enacted with a special emphasis on vaping as a tool for harm reduction for the purposes of quitting smoking. 5.The name of the Center for Tobacco Products of the FDA (currently headed by anti-vaping protagonist Mitch Zeller) will be changed to the Center for Tobacco Products and Harm Reduction. 6.The bill would also authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Currently Tom Price) to undertake a detailed assessment of comparative risks associated with smoking vs. vaping vs. other nicotine replacement therapies. Please Sign this Petition to let our representatives to know were serious and want the outdated laws changed immediately!. Thank you, Vape Supply Club

Vape Supply Club
150 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Reject the FDA's Deeming of Vapor Products as Tobacco Products

Soon Congress will be presented with regulations proposing to deem electronic cigarettes and other vapor products as tobacco products, bringing them within the regulatory control of the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. We, the members of the vaping community, including users of vapor products, current and ex smokers, concerned citizens, and friends and family of those whose lives have been or could be changed by vapor products, urge you to reject the proposed deeming regulations. The classification of vapor products as tobacco products is tenuous at best. While some vapor products do contain nicotine, many do not, and this is where the link to tobacco ends. The goal of the FSPTCA is to minimize the effects of tobacco on public health. In 1976 Professor Michael Russell wrote: “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.”1 Vapor products are free of tobacco, contain no tar, and are not combusted and as such are orders of magnitude less potentially harmful than combustible tobacco.2  In fact, more recent studies that look at nicotine, absent tobacco smoke, show that nicotine is possibly not addictive and could have potential health benefits related to treating Parkinson’s symptoms and staving off Alzheimer’s.3 The Federal government and each state have spent hundreds of millions over decades attempting to discourage people from smoking cigarettes. We now have a viable alternative to tobacco products that could do just that, through tobacco harm reduction. This life changing technology has the potential to accomplish what Tobacco Control has failed to do for the past fifty years, unless it is smothered in its infancy. Vapor products, as a recreational consumer good, have the potential to replace combustible tobacco, keeping millions from potential tobacco related illnesses. According to recent CDC surveys, in the time frame that vapor products have been available, smoking rates in the United States have plummeted to an all time low.4 However, if vapor products are subjected to the same strict regulatory control intended to minimize harm from tobacco products, they could be rendered ineffectual due to the stifling nature of those regulations.5 By rejecting the classification of vapor products as tobacco products we can: 1              Protect access to flavors, which are an integral part of the vapor experience.6 2              Protect access to online sales that allow consumers to procure the equipment and e-liquids that are best suited for their needs. 3              Protect access to all nicotine concentrations, which allow the consumer to tailor their experience to their needs which could range from higher concentrations to aid in transitioning from smoking to nicotine free for enjoyment and maintenance. 4              Protect access to open, reusable container systems that are more cost effective and environmentally friendly. 5             Allow for the continued innovation and refinement of products currently on the market. Vapor products are not tobacco products, they are a safer alternative to tobacco products which may or may not contain nicotine. Vapor products are also a driving force behind thousands of small and medium businesses across the country, creating jobs and feeding the economy, many of which will not survive the exorbitant fee structure of tobacco product approval that has kept the cigarette market in the hands of only the major tobacco companies. The vapor product industry has already gained ground in self regulation by the formation of industry trade groups, and through the active involvement of the consumers.7 Instead of relegating vapor products to tobacco control, a new category of product regulation can be implemented, one that could inspire innovation along with public health and safety. The best way to protect this life altering technology is to not place it under the auspices of the FSPTCA, by not deeming vapor products as tobacco products. #vaporisnottobacco Cited References 1            2            3            4            5            6            7            Additional Resources:  

Les Leung
61,830 supporters