It’s the last week of session and your calls and emails are making SB63 happen!

April 12, 2018

Good news: we’ve heard from legislators and their staff that the smokefree statewide bill has generated the most calls and emails that they’ve had on any issue in recent memory!

Wow. Impressive work applying pressure to your legislators. It’s all making an impact!

This life-saving bill finally had a hearing in House Rules committee and a committee substitute was sent to the full House for its first reading yesterday. SB63’s committee substitute is now back in Rules waiting to be scheduled back to the Floor for a vote (possibly tomorrow or Saturday).

But of course, there are several problems with the House Rules committee substitute for SB63. Namely, there are now exemptions for electronic cigarette use indoors in public; an option for local communities to “opt out” of smokefree public places; and an exemption for secondhand marijuana smoke indoors.

Thank you in advance for your help to keep the Smokefree Alaska bill strong. Please call and/or email your State House Representative, and House Leadership.

Here’s a sample message to use:

“My name is [Your Name] and I’m calling to ask you to help the smoke-free indoor workplaces bill. E-cigarettes need to get back into the bill and no one wants to breathe secondhand marijuana smoke in strip malls. There is no need for the local opt-out clause. Breathing is not optional. I’m asking you to help the bill stay strong and move forward to pass the House floor. This bill will protect Alaskans from exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol in the workplace. Thank you.”

If you aren’t sure who your Representative is you can look it up here.

The list of the House Leadership:

Speaker Rep. Bryce Edgmon - 907-465-4451 Representative.Bryce.Edgmon@akleg.gov

Majority Leaders Rep. Chris Tuck - 907-465-2095 Representative.chris.tuck@akleg.gov

Finance Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton - 907-465-2689 Representative.paul.seaton@akleg.gov

 

Additional Talking Points:

  • Don’t leave anyone out. No Alaskan should have to sacrifice their health for a paycheck. Every Alaskan deserves a smokefree environment regardless of where they live. Opt-out schemes leave people unprotected and will create confusion for business owners and the public.
     
  • Senate Bill 63 seeks to safeguard working Alaskans and their children from the adverse effects of secondhand smoke by providing a statewide smoke-free workplace law for businesses and public places.
     
  • Certain boroughs and cities do not have the ability to create and enforce smoke-free workplace laws. Senate Bill 63 would cover all workplaces and communities across the board.
     
  • Regardless of the debate of whether electronic cigarette products serve a role in cessation, there is simply no need to use them inside shared air spaces (such as workplaces and public places) where others are then subject to the hazardous secondhand emissions. Just like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes should be used outdoors and in ways that don’t impact the health of others.
     
  • Alaska should follow the recommendations of experts such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the World Health Organization (WHO); the American Industrial Hygiene Association; and other health and safety organizations that recommend that electronic smoking devices should not be used inside smokefree spaces.

For more talking points, check out smokefreealaska.com

Thank you for taking action! Every letter, every call, every email makes a difference.

We know you are busy so if you have time, let us know you took action: anr@no-smoke.org

Senate Bill 63

What Is It?

Senate Bill 63 seeks to safeguard working Alaskans and their children from the adverse health effects of secondhand tobacco and marijuana smoke and aerosol from e-cigarettes by providing a statewide smokefree workplace law for businesses and public places.

SB 63 is currently in the Alaska State House Rules Committee awaiting referral by the committee chair, Representative LeDoux.

You Can Help

If you are a resident or visitor in Alaska or have a connection to the “Last Frontier” (family, tourist, etc.), your voice matters. Please send a short letter to the Anchorage Daily News via their online form or to letters@adn.com (under 200 words), and the Juneau Empire (250 words). Send your letter here: editor@juneauempire.com asking that SB 63 be passed immediately. It’s about Health and it’s about Time.

The Facts

100% SMOKEFREE WORKPLACE POLICIES ARE THE ONLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO ELIMINATE SECONDHAND SMOKE

Smokefree air has strong public support.

69% of Alaskans support a smokefree statewide law, with 72% wanting electronic smoking devices included in the law. 79% of residents also want marijuana smoking included.

Group of smokefree advocates

 

SB63 HAS PASSED THE ALASKA SENATE AND IS IN THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE

WHO IS AFFECTED?

HEALTH PROTECTION FOR EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE

More than half of Alaskans live in communities with smoke-free workplace laws in place, but many of the rest live in areas that are unable to enact smoke-free workplace laws due to limited power in the local government. This is why a statewide smokefree law is needed.  All of the Last Frontier would be covered under Senate Bill 63.

A person's address shouldn’t mean exposure to hazardous health effects from secondhand smoke. Everyone in Alaska has the right to breathe smokefree air - no matter where they live.

Legislation Status

In House Rules Committee