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Breathe DC and partners testify to DC Council about e-cigarettes

On November 21, Breathe DC joined a group of local smokefree advocates to testify before the DC Council about the dangers of electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” and the importance of regulating their use.

As policymakers across the country are considering how to regulate e-cigarettes within smokefree laws, we urged the DC Council to recognize and understand the known and potential dangers associated with e-cigarettes, including compromised indoor air quality and secondhand vapor exposure which contains carcinogenic chemicals not unlike secondhand smoke. Having said that, it must also be taken into account that vaping using vaporizers such as Hamilton Devices is a way for smokers to transition from cigarette smoking to becoming a non-smoker. Despite this however, the dangers associated with e-cigarettes like vaporizers still remain.

Smokefree DC notes:

“[E]-cigarettes are prohibited in certain smokefree areas in 12 states. They are Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah. Three of these – North Dakota, New Jersey and Utah – prohibit e-cigarette use in workplaces, restaurants and bars. In the other states, e-cigarettes are prohibited in a range of other facilities, such as schools and Department of Corrections facilities. In addition, the use of e-cigarettes is restricted in 100 cities and counties throughout the country.”

We encourage all local residents to stand with us to advocate for healthy smokefree and vapor-free environments. To learn more about the local efforts to regulate e-cigarettes, visit the Smokefree DC website: www.smokefreedc.org

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