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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
314-488-5124
media@mybraveaction.org
www.mybraveaction.org

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.
 
 
Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) is coordinating efforts with a local grassroots group to recall by petition restrictive tobacco and e-cigarette ordinances. Three ordinances were passed last Monday, December 15th at the Columbia City Council meeting that raised the tobacco sale age to 21 and banned the use of e-cigarettes indoors

Spencer Pearson, author of the referendum petitions, now being distributed in Columbia said, “While I’m sure these policies are well-intended, they will do little to curb actual use of cigarettes by 18-20 year olds. The only thing these smokers have to change is where they purchase their cigarettes. Local business will take a big hit in tobacco sales because of this legislation, and tax revenue will simply be sent to Ashland or Lake of the Woods instead of being collected here in Columbia.”

BRAVE V.P. of Media Relations, A.J. Moll said, “Making electronic cigarettes less attractive or unavailable to adult smokers is horrific for public health, and sends the message to smokers to continue smoking. BRAVE condemns the actions of the Columbia City council; their actions went directly against the will of the Missouri Legislature that late last year correctly defined vapor products separate from tobacco and set the purchase age at 18+.  Current science tells us that e-cigarettes are magnitudes less harmful than combustible cigarettes and pose no harm to bystanders. The city council and health committee succumbed to special interest health groups and were led astray by outdated scientific studies, some suspected to be funded by makers of ineffective nicotine patches, gum and inhaler.”

Petition volunteers have until Monday, January 5th 5:00 p.m. to collect just over 3,200 valid signatures and present to the city clerk.  Pearson said, “We are mounting a strong push to gather signatures because we know we must move quickly. According to our city charter, petitions for referendum must be submitted within 20 days of an ordinance passing. That’s why we are moving full-speed-ahead on this process. There is a strong core of community groups behind this issue, so if you see citizens canvassing during the next two weeks in Columbia, you can bet they are working hard to gather signatures for these referendum petitions.”

Ironically the tobacco ordinances’ sponsor, first ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick, currently faces recall of her seat by petition.  Signatures on that initiative are in the validation process.

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A.J. Moll, 314-488-5124, media@mybraveaction.org

www.mybraveaction.org
https://www.facebook.com/brave.mo.il  

Spencer Pearson, 816-729-6963
https://www.facebook.com/legal.tobacco.columbia

 About BRAVE                                                          

Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) is a statewide Missouri consumer advocacy group, whose mission is to promote science and health of vapor products, commonly known as e-cigarettes.

BRAVE was instrumental in the passage of Missouri Senate Bill 841, which became law in late 2014.  This legislation prevents the sales of vapor products to minors, below the age of 18, and correctly and importantly draws a distinction between combustible tobacco and vapor products. BRAVE actively works with all forms of media to educate the public about tobacco harm reduction.  BRAVE is and remains available for comment.

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Louis, Missouri.  Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) applauds the Missouri General Assembly for successfully overriding Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 841. This important legislation bars children from purchasing e-cigarettes and correctly draws a distinction between vapor products and deadly combustible tobacco. 

“This new law sends the message that Missouri is not for sale to heavily funded, special interest, health groups,” said BRAVE Vice President A.J. Moll.  “We applaud and thank Senator Wasson and Representative Caleb Rowden, the sponsors of this legislation, for putting Missouri Children ahead of tax revenue.”

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI --
The Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) calls on The Missouri Legislature to override Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 841.  This important legislation will prevent minors from purchasing alternative nicotine and vapor products.  By vetoing this legislation, Governor Nixon is allowing Missouri children to continue to purchase and consume vapor products.  This is irresponsible and the Legislature should not let that stand.