Adding E-Cigarettes to Smokefree Laws
Why add e-cigarettes to smokefree laws?
Air free of both smoke and e-cigarette aerosol should be the goal and standard to protect health.
In Montana, youth are using e-cigarettes at a rate 5.5 times the rate of use among adults. Unrestricted use of these products renormalizes tobacco use behavior and serves as a gateway to other tobacco products and substances.2 One study has demonstrated that the simple act of observing e-cigarette use evokes smoking urge and desire among young adult smokers and normalizes smoking behavior.5
Secondhand smoke exposure is deadly. In the past 50 years, secondhand smoke exposure is estimated to have caused nearly 2.5 million deaths in nonsmoking Americans.1
Electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, use has the potential to involuntarily expose children and adolescents, pregnant women, and nonusers to numerous aerosolized substances.2
Including e-cigarettes in smokefree laws protects the public from e-cigarette aerosol, which contains ultrafine particles that have been known to be toxic, can cause cancer, and lead to respiratory and heart disease.2,3,4
Montana Counties with E-Cigarettes in Local Clean Indoor Air Act Protocol