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ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – May 20, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the St. Charles City Council voted to amend an Ordinance enacted earlier this year that improperly included electronic cigarettes in the definition of smoking. Bill #11583, sponsored by Council President Mary Ann Ohms, and Co-Sponsored by Councilwoman Laura Feldman mirrors Missouri state statute and allows business owners to decide whether or not to allow vapor products in their establishments. The bill now goes to Mayor Sally Faith’s desk, where she is expected to sign the measure into law.

A.J. Moll, a spokesperson for the Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) said “We applaud the council’s decision to rectify the prior ordinance, which was at odds with state law.  Under Missouri law, vapor products and smoking must be regulated separately. St. Charles is now in compliance with state law.” Moll added, “This bill is merely a public information act which allows business owners to decide how to operate their stores and what signage they want to put on their doors.”

Electronic cigarettes are small, battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid and create a vapor instead of smoke. Studies have shown that electronic cigarettes do not produce the tar or many of the other carcinogenic compounds produced when burning tobacco. According to a recent study at Drexel University, Conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn, Peering Through The Mist, second hand vapor poses no harm to bystanders. 

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A.J. Moll, Vice President of Media Relations
Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education

Video Record: http://stcharlescity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1666

Public Comment on #11583 begins and ends at 24:10-28:46 

ABOUT BRAVE:  Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education, or BRAVE, is a St. Louis based, grassroots not-for-profit organization. Brave’s mission is to promote; science, health and legal aspects of vapor and nicotine alternatives through advocacy and education. BRAVE partners with state legislators in Missouri and Illinois, and local councils.  BRAVE is available for comment to media outlets and state or local lawmakers.
UPDATE: St. Charles City Council will NOT be voting on the bill on May 5th. New date is likely May 19th. Please keep up the phone calls and check back - we we need you!

We need you to show up AND make a couple phone calls to keep vaping defined separate from smoking in St. Charles City.

On Tuesday, April 7th Bill #11583 was introduced and will amend the definition of smoking to EXCLUDE vaping. Over half of the council members will likely vote against the bill if we do not take action now.

Constituents are requested to attend the council meeting for the second reading and vote on Tuesday, May, 5th 7p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 200 N. Second Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301. Those that wish to speak will need a speaker card and are asked to state: "I fully support this bill and encourage you to vote yes, if this bill is not passed, St. Charles City will remain in direct violation of Missouri state law." "This bill is does not address illegal drugs, nor health issues, the bill is about business owners rights and complying with state law."

Phone: 636-949-5208
Email: john.hanneke@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-949-0100
Email: jerry.reese@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-946-9670
Email: rod.herrmann@stcharlescitymo.gov

Phone: 636-946-4030
Email: Ronald.stivison@stcharlescitymo.gov

Email: bridget.ohmes@stcharlescitymo.gov
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SMOKING: Inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any ignited, lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or other smoking product, equipment or apparatus involving tobacco, or other plant material, or nicotine in any form, except shall not include a vapor product.