Today, CDC released new findings about state laws prohibiting sales to minors and indoor use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. NAQC is pleased to share the CDC findings, published in this week’s MMWR, with you. As a reminder, NAQC has also synthesized the relevant literature and current quitline practices regarding e-cigarettes to share with the cessation and larger tobacco control communities
in the report titled Cessation Treatment and E-Cigarettes: A Report on Current Literature and Quitline Practices. The findings have been presented on this weeks' webinar.
State Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors and Indoor Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems — United States, November 2014
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, should not be used by youth and adult non-tobacco users because of the adverse effects of nicotine and other risk exposures, as well as the risk for progression to other forms of tobacco use.
As of November 30, 2014, 40 states have enacted laws prohibiting ENDS sales to minors, but only three of the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have comprehensive smoke-free air laws have incorporated ENDS. More than 16 million minors can legally purchase ENDS, and over 300 million Americans, including 70 million children, live in states where they could be exposed to either secondhand smoke or e-cigarette aerosol in worksites, restaurants, and bars. When addressing potential public health harms associated with ENDS, it is critical to simultaneously uphold and accelerate strategies proven to prevent and reduce use of conventional tobacco products, including tobacco price increases, comprehensive smoke-free air laws, hard-hitting media campaigns, barrier-free cessation treatment and services, and comprehensive statewide tobacco control programs.
: MMWR article
; CDC Press Release
; CDC Infographic
; MMWR Highlights
The online version of the article will be available today after 1PM (EST) at www.cdc.gov/mmwr
CDC/Office on Smoking and Health