U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW

 

URGENT!
U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW
WE NEED FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME!
Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
If you live in one of those states, you have a senator on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee.
That Committee is holding a hearing regarding e-cigarettes TOMORROW, Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The sole witnesses at that hearing will be be Tim McAfee, Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, and Mitch Zeller, Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
Both CDC and FDA have demonstrated they are intent on reducing the availability, quality, and use of e-cigarettes. They have consistently misled the American people about the risks associated with e-cigarette use, and we expect they will attempt to do the same for Congress.
If you have an address in one of the above states, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
We need you to (1) send an email through the new CQ Roll Call system (Part I), and (2) call your senator on the committee (Part II) using the phone numbers provided in Part III)
 
I.
CASAA has invested in CQ Roll Call, a program which will help connect our members easily and in a targeted fashion with their state and federal legislators on specifically crafted campaigns we design.
While CQ Roll Call isn’t quite ready for an official roll out, we have released a limited campaign for tomorrow’s Senate hearing.
THIS LINK will take you directly to the site for the Senate Hearing campaign. You’ll note that it asks for personal information. This is necessary for your email to be delivered to the appropriate recipients. When you enter your information, the program will automatically determine your senators. You will have two senators listed (in addition to President Obama), and you might want to UNCHECK the senator who is NOT on the Committee.
(If you allow the program to save your information, it should be automatically generated for you the next time you visit to participate in a campaign.)
The email for the campaign has a beginning and end that aren’t editable. The middle, however, is for you to add your story.
Remember . . . this is very much a beta campaign, so forgive (and report) any glitches and offer feedback.
Due to time constraints, we’re sending this email to the entire membership (with our apologies to those who do not live in one of the above states).  If you are from another state and you participate in the campaign, the email will simply go to your state senators (neither of whom are on the committee).
II. 
Please call your senator on the committee (contact information contained in Part III below) and use the following as a guide for talking points (essentially, the email you will send via CQ Roll Call):
I need your help in making sure that my interests as a consumer are represented at the May 15th, 2014 hearing regarding e-cigarettes before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

The only two witnesses who will be testifying at the hearing are Tim McAfee, Director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, and Mitch Zeller, Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. CDC and FDA have made it clear that they are intent on reducing the availability, quality, and use of e-cigarettes. 

Please ask the CDC and FDA– 

Why are they supporting regulations that would completely destroy the diversity in the marketplace that make e-cigarettes such an incredibly effective alternative to smoking and hand over the remnants to the large tobacco companies? 

Why are they misleading the public about the potential hazards of e-cigarettes and, in so doing, actively discouraging smokers from using these potentially life-saving products? 

Why do they consider tobacco companies, industry, and e-cigarette opponents to be “stakeholders,” but completely ignore the voice of the single most important stakeholder–the consumers who use (or may use in the future) e-cigarettes as a low-risk alternative to smoking?
III.
Below are phone numbers for senators. Find yours and take a minute to make the call requested in Part II above.
Senator Tom Harkin, IA
Phone: 202-224-3254
Barbara Mikulski, MD
Ph. 244-4654
Pat Murray, WA
Ph. 202-224-2621
Bernard Sanders, VT
Ph. 202-224-5141
Robert P. Casey Jr., PA
Ph. 202-224-6324
Kay Hagan, NC
Ph. 202-224-6342
Al Franken, MN
Ph. 202-224-5641
Michael F. Bennet, CO
Ph. 202-224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse, RI
Ph. 202-224-2921
Tammy Baldwin, WI
Ph. 202-224-5653
Christopher S. Murphy, CT
Ph. 202-224-4041
Elizabeth Warren, MA
Ph. 202-224-4543
Lamar Alexander, TN
Ph. 202-224-4944
Michael Enzi, WY
Ph. 202-224-3424
Richard Burr, NC
Ph. 202-224-3154
Johnny Isakson, GA
Ph. 202-224-3643
Rand Paul, KY
Ph. 202-224-4343
Orrin Hatch, UT
Ph. 202-224-5251
Pat Roberts, KS
Ph. 202-224-4774
Lisa Murkowski, AK
Ph. 202-224-6665
Mark Kirk, IL
Ph. 202-224-2854
Tim Scott, SC
Ph. 202-224-6121
Sincerely,
Julie Woessner, President
CASAA