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Health District Releases Recommendations on E-Cigarettes

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On Tuesday, the Washoe County Health District released its position on the use of electronic cigarettes in Nevada.The Health District says it is important to know that e-cigarettes can be dangerous, not only to the user, but also to people exposed to the second-hand vapors.

They recommend, in the absence of FDA regulation, Nevada Lawmakers introduce bills to regulate e-cigarettes.

This includes:

 Limit purchasing of e-cigarettes by minors

 Create a tax structure for these products

 Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in locations where combustible cigarettes are currently prohibited 

• Only FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies should be used, such as telephonic quit lines, and other evidence-based interventions for smokers who want to stop smoking or nicotine addiction 

• Electronic cigarettes should not be used around non-smokers, by pregnant women, or in the presence of children

• Pediatricians and other physicians should ask about tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, INCLUDING e-cigarette and other electronic nicotine delivery device use and exposure to secondhand “vapor”

• Promote the Nevada Tobacco Quitline for tobacco cessation, including combustible and e-cigarette use. This quitline provides FDA approved tobacco cessation aids free of charge to Nevada adults as well as counseling, web and text support for Nevada residents age 13 and older

The Health District also says the E-cigarettes are not an FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy and that no scientific evidence shows it helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes. 

A copy of the full Washoe County Health District Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes can be found at www.gethealthywashoe.com.

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