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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:25 am, Mon Feb 3, 2014.

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.

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5 comments:

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 6:56 pm on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 339

    Not taking advice from someone who looks like he is high on crack! Just sayin!
    [smile]

     
  • Tony Whaling posted at 6:39 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    equiton Posts: 1

    Its difficult to know where to start with such a misinformed article. Easist just to quote the docters who undertook the CDC study. Yes there have been many scientific studies.
    FDA do regulate e-cigarettes and they are approved as a general Consumer Product.
    The CDC found a small number had doubled. The full study shows that while eCigs increase amongst the smoking minors, smoking itself decreases significantly. Smoke, tar, toxins is what kills.

    "Present scientific evidence supports the contention that regulators, along with public officials, health authorities, and anti-smoking groups, should embrace e-cigarettes as an important strategy in their efforts to reduce smoking and its related health effects. It is irresponsible to mislead the public into believing that e-cigarettes pose an extraordinary danger to consumers and young people when there is absolutely no evidence to support that claim."
    Dr. Palosa & Dr. Capponetto

     
  • Miles Dolphin posted at 4:18 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    MilesDolphin Posts: 2

    Recommended reading:-
    Burstyn I. Peering through the mist: systematic review of what the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tells us about health risks. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:18. http://publichealth.drexel.edu/~/media/Files/publichealth/ms08.ashx
    from
    A
    collection of links and short items regarding e-cigs:-
    http://e-cigs-board.quora.com/

     
  • Miles Dolphin posted at 4:05 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    MilesDolphin Posts: 2

    This article is deceptive. Any toxins in e-cigs are found at levels well below the minimum standards set, detectable - yes, but dangerous? No.
    The "gateway effect" is as yet unproven as so far all results of surveys have shown that e-cigs are a gateway out of smoking for adults, and that minors who do use them are already smokers as a general case.
    It has been widely reported that e-cigs may be the biggest bounty to Public Health in the 21st century, and help to stop the premature death of millions.
    The American Council on Science and Health has also come out in favour of e-cigs, please read some of their articles on the subject.

     
  • Ed West posted at 9:46 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    castello2 Posts: 1

    Where do you get your information? It is the smoke that is harmful. E-cigs produce no smoke. Nicotine is not so addictive without the rest of the ritual of smoking. From 2009 http://www.statepress.com/archive/node/7194
    Smoking supposedly kills 480,000 people each year. and you are worried about some measurable toxins in the vapor!? E-cigs are 99% safer than smoking!

     

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