Dear Editor: One can walk into any workplace in Wisconsin and experience smoke-free air, free from inhaling cancer-causing chemicals from cigarettes. However, one exemption remains, and that is the use of electronic cigarettes. Use of electronic cigarettes by adults and youth has more than doubled since 2010.
E-cigarettes produce more than just water vapor. The aerosol can contain nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. E-cigarettes are currently unregulated and haven’t been proven safe. Could they be safer than regular cigarettes? Most likely, considering the use of combustible cigarettes is one of the worst things you can do to your body. That doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are safe. In addition, they aren’t approved by the FDA to help smokers quit. In fact, e-cigarette users often continue to smoke regular cigarettes as well as use e-cigarettes.
Wisconsin communities have come to expect clean indoor air, and allowing e-cigarettes in workplaces makes enforcement confusing. It’s time to prohibit electronic cigarettes, just like traditional cigarettes, in workplaces. Let’s keep our indoor air clean.