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BRAVE supports candidates at the local, state and federal level who favor reasonable regulation for vaping products based upon scientific data.

Candidate Name: Amy Poelker
District Number:
St Louis County Council 
Phone Number: 314-517-2378 

1. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support legislation that would classify vapor products as tobacco products? 
     A:  No

2. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support or oppose legislation to impose any new special taxes on vapor products?
     A:  Oppose

3. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support or oppose legislation to require a tobacco license for vapor product merchants? 
     A: Oppose 

4. As a St Louis County Councilman would you support or oppose state legislation to further restrict the marketing or advertising of vapor products? 
     A:  Oppose

5. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support or oppose legislation to prohibit or restrict the sale of certain flavors of e-liquid? 
     A:  Oppose

6. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support or oppose legislation to limit locations where vapor products can be sold? 
     A:  Oppose 

7. As a St Louis County Councilman, would you support or oppose legislation to limit the number of retailers of vapor products? 
     A:  Oppose 

"For myself the answers are fairly simple, I am an ex smoker. The Patch worked for me but I only smoked on and off for about 5 years. The addiction is real. Many of my friends and residents are grateful for the Vapor Products. It has indeed helped them to stop smoking. "
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


Spencer Pearson, 816-729-6963

 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.

On September 11, 2014, the Missouri General Assembly successfully overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 841.  This legislation will become law on October 10, 2014.  Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) previously applauded the General Assembly for passing this common-sense regulation that, among other things, allows Missouri to join the majority of states that prevent the sales of vapor products to minors in Missouri.