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 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 Lung Association – E-Cigarette and Lung Health

American Lung Association in California – Position Statement March 2015

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation – E-cigarettes Page and links to recent news articles.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation – The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

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.

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

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.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of, and access to, JUUL and other e-cigarettes

U.S. Surgeon General – E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults:Executive Summary Report

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