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. These devices convert nicotine, flavor additives and other chemical liquids into a vapor that can be inhaled.  They are often marketed as the healthier version of the cigarette. The truth is the risks posed by e-cigarettes are simply unknown.

E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery powered devices that convert nicotine, flavor additives and other chemical liquids into a vapor that can be inhaled.  They are often marketed as the healthier version of the cigarette. The truth is the risks posed by e-cigarettes are simply unknown.

 

Restaurants, Bars, Movie Theatres, and Other Business Establishments

More and more cities are passing policy prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices in places where cigarette smoking is not allowed. If your city has not yet passed such regulation, you can voluntarily adopt a policy prohibiting the use of these devices in your establishment. Formalize the policy in writing and post signs to inform visitors that the use of these devices are not allowed. Here is a sample policy template.

 

RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE

American Lung Association – E-Cigarette Fact Sheet September 2013

American Lung Association in California – Position Statement July 2014

ChangeLab Solutions –  Electronic Cigarettes: How They Are – And Could Be – Regulated

The Center for Public Health and Tobacco – E-Cigarette Fact Sheet

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Information about the FDA’s enforcement actions against e-cigarette manufacturers and its analysis of the health risks posed by e-cigarettes.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights – Fact sheet on e-cigarettes and links to recent news articles.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and American Lung Association Statement – Policy Guidance Document on E-Cigarettes June 2011

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers Revises Definition of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) to Include E-cigarettes and Cannabis – Read the full 2015 Addenda Supplement here.