E-Cigarettes

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices, often resembling cigarettes, cigars or pipes, designed to deliver nicotine or related substances to users in the form of a vapor.  Over the last few years, these products have enjoyed a boom in popularity, thanks largely to marketing claims that promote them as less hazardous alternatives to combustible cigarettes and tout their safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness over commercial tobacco products.  Because of the lack of clinical research on e-cigarettes, many public health organizations and policymakers are concerned about their safety and health impact on users. On December 18, 2018, the Surgeon General declared that e-cigarette use among youth is an epidemic, and that aggressive steps must be taken to protect our children from nicotine addiction and other associated health risks caused by e-cigarettes. 

A growing number of state and local governments have taken steps to regulate the sale, marketing and use of e-cigarettes to protect the health of users, reduce youth initiation to nicotine and tobacco products, and promote enforcement of tobacco-free laws. This page provides background information and resources on e-cigarettes, as well as options and considerations for communities and policy makers when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes.

 

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E-cigarettes and e-liquid

E-Cigarette Regulation - 50 State Review (2019)

A 50-state survey (plus Washington, D.C.) of current state statutes pertaining to e-cigarette regulations in the following areas: definition of “tobacco product,” taxation, product packaging, youth access/other retail restrictions, licensure, and smoke-free air legislation.

Juul e-cigarette

JUUL and the Guinea Pig Generation: Public Health Concerns about Use by Young People (2018)

Information resource about JUUL e-cigarettes, their rise in popularity among youth and young adults, and the concerns public health and tobacco control professionals have about these products.

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Regulating Electronic Cigarettes and Similar Devices (2017)

2017 policy guide with options and pointers for communities and policymakers to consider when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes and similar devices.