Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes) have been in the news lately and controversy swirls around their use and regulation. E-cigs have been marketed as a “safe” alternative to cigarettes because they do not burn tobacco. However, they do contain nicotine, a highly addictive and toxic chemical (although some are marketed as being nicotine-free).
Here in Santa Fe, two proposed e-cigarette ordinances were recently approved by the Finance Committee and there will be a public hearing and City Council vote on the ordinances Feb. 12. The ordinances deal with the sale of e-cigs to minors and inclusion of e-cigs in the current smoke-free ordinance.