THE HEALTH IMPACT OF E-CIGARETTES
The changes in the Act will protect workers and the public from secondhand e-cigarette aerosol in indoor workplaces and public places. The US Surgeon General has stated that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. The e-liquid in most e-cigarettes contains nicotine, the same addictive drug that is in regular cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and other tobacco products.
E-cigarette aerosol also contains:
ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
volatile organic compounds
heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead
In addition to potential health dangers, e-cigarette use in public risks
re-normalizing smoking behaviors that can influence youth.
Prohibiting e-cigarette use in public is a recommended strategy for decreasing youth e-cigarette use.
The changes in the Act will also protect workers and the public from secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol in additional locations not previously covered by the Act, such as hotel ballrooms and conference rooms, hired limousines, and more.