Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices that allow users to mimic the act of smoking a cigarette while inhaling nicotine. Instead of smoke burning from tobacco, users inhale vapor consisting of nicotine, flavor additives, and other chemicals.
E-cigarettes send the wrong message to our youth and young adults, and give a false impression that they are a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes.
The risks posed by e-cigarettes are not fully understood, but we do know that smokeless does not mean harmless. Vapor from e-cigarettes contains some of the same carcinogens and toxic chemicals that tobacco smoke does.
E-cigarettes may cause challenges to enforcement of the Smokefree Workplace Law because it appears that people are smoking indoors. Many businesses and agencies include e-cigarettes in their tobacco and smoking bans.
For more information, download the e-cigarette fact sheet (source: Oregon Health Authority).