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.

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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.

The information posted on this website is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult state statutes or contact an attorney for more information about the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act (24-16-1 NMSA 1978).

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