CAADE Opposes SB 140 (Leno) Electronic Cigarettes; Supports AB 216 (Garcia)

 
 
 

Re: SB 140 (Leno) Electronic Cigarettes

At its April, 2015 Board Meeting CAADE took an OPPOSE position on SB 140. The bill would define electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product, severely limiting their use and subjecting them to high taxation. Ecigs contain no tobacco, have been shown in preliminary studies to be 60% more effective than patches and gums for smoking cessation (see Dr. Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology, Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London at https://www.vipelectroniccigarette.co.uk/blog/post/e-cigarettes-praised-by-researchers-after-survey-reveals-trebled-usage), and are recognized as an evidence-based tool for smoking cessation. CAADE is on record supporting ecigs as a harm reduction approach to smoking cessation, and has opposed similar legislation (e.g. SB 648) in the past.

CAADE Supports AB 216 (Garcia) -- AB 216 expands existing law by making it unlawful for a person to sell or otherwise furnish any device intended to deliver a nonnicotine product in a vapor state, to be directly inhaled by the user, to a person under 18 years of age or under 21 years of age, as specified.

EXISTING LAW: Prohibits the sale or furnishing of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) to a person under 18 years of age. Defines e-cigs as a device that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution.

For more information please contact: CAADE Legislative Chair Fr. Jack Kearney, M.Div., CATC IV, CATE by email: jkearney@caade.org