For Legislators

  • E-cigarettes emit no smoke and pose no known health risks to users or nonusers. In fact, according to the American Association of Public Health Physicians, e-cigarettes likely pose "much less than 1%" of the risk of smoking.

  • E-cigarettes have helped hundreds of thousands of American smokers to quit or sharply reduce their cigarette consumption.

  • There are critical differences between the constituents in the vapor produced by e-cigarettes and the smoke emitted from tobacco cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs.

  • E-cigarettes work through the process of vaporization, as opposed to smoked tobacco, which requires the process of combustion. Whereas combustion creates thousands of chemical changes, vaporization creates none. Rather, a liquid is heated just to the point of creating a physical change (vapor), much like boiled water creates steam.

  • E-cigarette vapor is practically odorless, but even when detectable, the odor is not unpleasant and smells nothing like smoke.

  • Any visible vapor begins to dissipate almost immediately.

  • E-cigarettes will not cause confusion or difficulty enforcing smoking bans. Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes require no flame, and they produce no "sidestream" vapor/smoke, no ash and no litter. Additionally, novel colors, shapes, sizes, buttons and LED lights on e-cigarettes serve to further distinguish them from traditional cigarettes.

  • Far from protecting public health, banning the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited causes harm. Sound public health policy surely would encourage smokers to replace or reduce their cigarette consumption—not create obstacles to it. Banning the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited sends a message to smokers that they may as well continue to smoke, whereas allowing e-cigarette use indoors provides an incentive to switch to a far safer alternative.

  • Surveys of thousands of e-cigarette users indicate that the majority have completely replaced tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes, thereby dramatically reducing their health risks.

  • Recently published studies have found that e-cigarettes pose exponentially fewer health risks than cigarettes because they emit no smoke, carbon monoxide, or airborne particulates, in addition to relieving smokers' cravings: 

  • More than a million American smokers have quit smoking or sharply reduced their cigarette consumption by switching to e-cigarettes in the past several years, and several recently published surveys indicate that e-cigarette consumers have found the products to be effective for quitting smoking and for improving respiratory health: (Chapter 9) 

  • Many health organizations and tobacco researchers, including the American Council on Science and Health and the American Association of Public Health Physicians, support the use of electronic cigarettes as a method of greatly reducing the harm associated with smoking.

  • Last year, the New Zealand Ministry of Health informed its Parliamentary Health Committee that “As the e-cigarette delivers only nicotine in a mist of propylene glycol, without the other 4,000 or so other chemicals in tobacco smoke, it is far safer than smoking” and that ". . . current safety data would therefore suggest that the e-cigarette poses few risks to people, and is safer than continuing to smoke."

  • Dr. David Baron, former Chief of Staff at UCLA Medical Center, made the following statement about e-cigarette use indoors: "All that's happening is you're heating up a liquid to the point of it becoming a vapor. So referring to it as smoke doesn't make sense at all. Therefore, considering it subject to a smoking ban doesn't really make sense, either."

  • Dr. Brad Rodu, Professor of Medicine at the University of Louiville, has stated: “There is substantial and compelling scientific research documenting that consuming the ingredients in e-cigarettes (nicotine, propylene glycol, water and flavors) is vastly safer than burning tobacco and inhaling 3000+ toxic by-products. Claiming that e-cigarettes are dangerous for non-smokers is about as credible as claiming that air travel is dangerous for people who never set foot in an airplane.”