E-Cigarettes a Health Threat in the State of California

This past Wednesday, January 28, 2015, California health officials declared electronic cigarettes a serious health threat.

The California Department of Public Health report stated that e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing and addictive chemicals (i.e., nicotine) and should be strictly regulated akin to other tobacco products.

Although further research is needed to uncover the long-term health risks, the state of California move unites them with states like Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas, who officially caution against the usage of the electronic vaping devices, which are extremely popular among young people.

The California Department of Health report warned that, “Without [regulation], California’s more than two decade progress [in effort] to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode [and] e-cigarettes [will] re-normalize smoking behaviour.”

While the state of California previously banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in 2010, further regulations outlined in this report aim to restrictions the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes as well as educate the public on dangers of e-cigarettes, including the accidental ingestion of liquid nitrogen. This week’s legislation will also ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places (i.e., bars, hospitals, and schools).

E-cigarettes work by heating liquid nicotine from cartridges, which transforms the potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid into a vapor that can be inhaled. Although, e-cigarettes don’t contain tar and other chemicals that traditional cigarettes do, public health officials in California are not convinced that “vaping,” is safer than smoking tobacco.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says that “Despite the health officer’s false claims, there is ample evidence that vaping…is far less hazardous [compared to] smoking.”

Source: Fox News

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