Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale vaporized liquid (e-liquid), which may contain nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.
E-cigarettes come in disposable and reusable varieties. Some may resemble conventional cigarettes or common household items, such as pens or USB memory sticks. E-cigarettes and e-liquid are also sold in a range of dessert and fruit flavors, and many brands allow users to refill e-liquid with store-bought or homemade versions.
E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA and the health risks are unknown. Vapors from some e-cigarettes contain chemicals known to cause cancer, as well as nicotine; there is no way for users to know how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals they are inhaling.
E-cigarettes are not FDA-approved smoking cessation aids, and there is no body of evidence that proves e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. FDA-approved cessation aids, such as patches, gum, or lozenges, provide specific levels of nicotine. Without regulation there is no way to know how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes. Some e-cigarettes have been shown to contain nicotine despite being labeled as nicotine-free.
New legislation that took effect July 2014 in Minnesota prohibits e-cigarette use in several public places, including government buildings, public schools, and most health care facilities. The law also requires retailers selling e-cigarettes to keep them behind the counter and to be licensed. The law also prohibits anyone under 18 years of age to possess an e-cigarette nicotine dispenser on public school grounds. Starting January 2015, the law requires child resistant packaging of e-cigarette liquids sold in Minnesota. Click here for more information.
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Countryside SHIP is available to work with communities that want to update their tobacco ordinances to include protection of citizens against unwanted e-cigarette exposure. If you are interested in partnering with us to protect your community, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.