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AAP Applauds Chicago City Council Decision to Regulate E-Cigarettes

1/15/2014 For Release: January 15, 2014
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The Chicago City Council voted today to regulate and restrict electronic cigarettes, just as traditional (combustible) cigarettes are currently regulated. The measure prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public places, requires stores selling them to keep them behind the counter, and prohibits their sale to minors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) applauds regulation of these products. In September 2013, the AAP urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a rule to regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, little cigars, e-cigarettes and others.

With this measure, Chicago joins New York City and a handful of smaller municipalities in restricting indoor e-cigarette use. While numerous states have enacted laws in recent years prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes to minors, these two major cities set an example for the rest of the nation to follow. The AAP applauds these efforts to combat the life-long effects of nicotine dependency and normalization of its use.  

According to the AAP, e-cigarettes come in child-friendly flavors like bubble gum and strawberry, which attract young people. Data show use increasing at an alarming rate among school aged children, and many of those who use e-cigarettes have never used traditional cigarettes; thus these products can lead to primary nicotine addiction. The exhaled vapor contains toxic chemicals, and the cartridges pose a poisoning risk to young children.

Pediatrician Jonathan Klein, MD, FAAP, associate executive director of the AAP, attended today’s press event in Chicago to speak about the need to regulate this new form of cigarette. “By regulating e-cigarettes in the same ways as traditional cigarettes, this ordinance will have a positive impact on the health of all children and families in Chicago,” Dr. Klein said.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.

 

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