Letter: E-cigarette usage should be regulated

To the editor:

I’m concerned about electronic-cigarette usage and the threat it poses to our community’s health.  E-cigarettes are currently not regulated by the FDA and are not included in most city tobacco ordinances.

E-cigarettes are also sampled within tobacco shops throughout many cities in Minnesota. This is dangerous because e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, a very addictive drug.

A national survey showed youth usage of e-cigarettes doubled, which is troubling. These devices could be a gateway to conventional cigarette use.

There are bills in the Minnesota House and Senate that would restrict youth access to e-cigarettes in a consistent manner across the state. They would also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where conventional cigarettes are prohibited. This is important because it will limit vapor emission exposure.

Until more is known about e-cigarettes and their health effects, I feel it is important to minimize people’s exposure to them and their emissions.

I urge Dakota County residents to support these bills’ high standards of clean air in this state and the well being of our community.

Alex Canyock
Inver Grove Heights

 

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