Provider News Winter 2015 - E-cigarettes

Updated ordinance helps protect the public from danger of exposure to e-cigarette vapor

Due to the health risks of electronic smoking devices, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors recently amended its Smoking in Workplaces and Enclosed Places ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places and all enclosed places of employment. The ordinance now also prohibits the sale of these devices in vending machines.

Electronic smoking devices produce a cloud of ultrafine particles containing nicotine and other dangerous substances to which users and bystanders are exposed. Studies have shown that the aerosol emissions and cartridge contents include carcinogens and heavy metals (e.g. formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, lead), and volatile organic chemicals that reach deep into the lungs (e.g. xylene, acrolein, toluene). Young children have been poisoned by ingesting the fluid from electronic smoking devices.

The CDC reports that between 2011 and 2013, the use of electronic smoking devices by never-smoking middle and high school students more than tripled.

Products other than electronic smoking devices have been approved by the FDA for smoking cessation. Please encourage your patients to pursue one of these FDA-approved alternatives if they wish to quit smoking, not e-cigs.