RI – Speak Up Against the Flavor Ban (Public Hearing – Jan. 7, 2020)

 

 

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The Rhode Island Department of Health will hold a public hearing on a proposal to make the state’s ban on flavored vapor products permanent. This hearing is scheduled for

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
4:00 PM
Rhode Island Department of Health
Auditorium (Lower Level)
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by this proposal.

We are providing talking points below to help you prepare your remarks for both spoken and written comments. Speaking time will likely be limited during the hearing, so if you have a lot to say, sending an expanded written comment is encouraged. Contact information is also provided below.

Send written comments:

  • By Email:

Paula.Pullano@health.ri.gov

  • By Mail:

Paula Pullano
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 410
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Suggested points to include in your emails, phone calls, and spoken comments:

  • Briefly, share your story about switching to vaping and what role that flavors played in helping you switch.
  • Note any health changes you’ve experienced.
  • The existing flavor ban in Rhode Island is already creating problems. Discuss how you are currently being affected by this policy. Are you seeing shops closing? Did you go back to smoking? Do you know people who are going back to smoking? Do you know about people who were planning to switch, but didn’t because of the flavor ban?
  • Additional talking points for testimony and emails are available here.
  • Watch these comments from San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar – YouTube