Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that simulate smoking by heating “e-liquids” to create an aerosol. E-liquids, and the aerosol created from them, contain:
- Flavorings (often in varieties that appeal to youth, such as bubble gum and fruit punch)
- Propylene glycol (creates the “cloud”)
- Toxic chemicals, including nicotine, that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm
There is no evidence that e-cigarettes or secondhand aerosol are safe to inhale.
E-cigarettes have not been proven to be safe or effective in helping people quit smoking. Resources that are proven to be safe and effective are available to treat tobacco dependence and nicotine addiction.Resources for Quitting
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes but has yet to do so. Thus, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes come in candy flavors such as bubble gum, cotton candy and gummy bear. Research shows that youth are more attracted to flavored products. In fact, according to the 2014 Minnesota Student Survey, 12.9% of high school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days (surpassing the use of traditional cigarettes at 10.6%)
Although the FDA has not taken action yet to regulate e-cigarettes, many communities in Minnesota have taken steps to regulate the use of e-cigarettes indoors. To see which Minnesota communities have added e-cigarettes to their clean indoor air laws, click here to see the map.
Watch the video below to find out how the State of Minnesota currently regulates e-cigarettes and what more local communities can do!
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Additional information on e-cigarettes is available from the California Department of Health