Palo Alto County Board of Health Issues Position Statement On E-Cigarettes
May 14, 2019


Palo Alto County Board of Health supports the inclusion of a prohibition on the use of e-cigarettes in state and local smoke-free air regulations and/or tobacco/nicotine-free policies in order to maintain current standards for clean indoor air, prevent involuntary exposure to nicotine and other aerosolized emissions from e-cigarettes, and reduce the potential for renormalization of tobacco product use.

The Surgeon General issued an advisory on e-cigarette use among youth in December 2018. He declared "e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States," and called for "aggressive steps to protect our children from these highly potent products that risk exposing a new generation of young people to nicotine." Nicotine is highly addictive, and exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain impacting learning, memory, mood, impulse control and attention. Nicotine also impacts the cardiovascular system by increasing heart rate and blood pressure.

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