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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.