According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a battery powered device that allows users to inhale a vapor containing nicotine or other substances. The safety of these devices is still unknown, and initial studies have found carcinogens and other toxic chemicals, including ingredients to make antifreeze, in the vapor. Furthermore, the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as safe and effective in helping smokers quit – despite claims that many e-cigarette manufacturers are making. To view the American Lung Association’s position statement on e-cigarettes, click here, and for more information, click here.
Due to the influx of electronic cigarettes in the market and the unknown dangers of the vapor, communities across the state have taken action to protect their residents from e-cigarettes. We track these policies and provide resources with important details. These resources are below: