Wisconsin’s communities have come to expect clean indoor air, and e-cigarettes threaten this standard.
The marketing and popularity of electronic cigarettes has evolved rapidly in the last several years. Unfortunately, the marketing of e-cigarettes has outpaced the science on whether these devices and their contents are safe for users or bystanders.
However, a growing number of studies are beginning to reveal the contents and potential health consequences of e-cigarettes. Research supported by the World Health Organization has found that secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals.
Wisconsin communities are beginning to take action to protect their community members from potentially harmful chemicals by including e-cigarettes into their local clean indoor air ordinances. This by no means impinges on the right of individuals to use e-cigarettes but rather maintains the standard of clean indoor air that has already been set.
On Oct. 20, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors passed an e-cigarette resolution that shows support for local communities to include e-cigarettes into their clean indoor air ordinances. Healthy Marathon County would like to say thank you to the Marathon County Board of Supervisors for recognizing that including e-cigarettes in local ordinances maintains the standard of clean indoor air set in 2010 and protects the health of our community.