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:
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