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| April 2, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes

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).

Also see:
Oregon Health Authority’s e-cigarette web page

CDC Press Release, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth (2013)

Category: Other Drugs, smoking, Tobacco

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