Should Californians stop vaping?
January 30, 2015
California health officials have announced plans to wage an ideological war on the use of e-cigarettes. [Sacramento Bee]
The California Department of Public Health released a report Wednesday stating that electronic cigarettes, also known as vaporizers and vape pens, contain at least 10 chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects. Upon release of the report, health department director Ron Chapman told reporters that the state would launch a bold campaign to warn Californians about the health effects of e-cigarettes.
“We see e-cigarettes as a growing threat that needs to be addressed,” Chapman said. “From all of the evidence we have so far, e-cigarettes are not as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not harmless. They are not safe.”
Electronic cigarettes have become popular among teenagers and adults under 30, the report states. E-cigarette users now frequent vapor lounges, which have popped up across the state.
Many users say that vaporizing helps them break their addiction to traditional cigarettes. State health officials disagree, though.
The health department report calls for lawmakers to adopt new regulations that would treat e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes and protect the public from chemicals they emit. State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has already introduced a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is prohibited.
At the local level, the Santa Maria City Council voted last year to apply its smoking ban to the use of e-cigarettes. The city of San Luis Obispo has also considered doing the same.