American Lung Association in California Applauds Los Angeles City Council for Overwhelmingly Passing E-cigarette Regulation

Official Statement of the American Lung Association in California

Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2014)

The American Lung Association in California applauds the Los Angeles City Council for voting 14-0 today in favor of regulating electronic smoking devices where smoking is prohibited by law. The ordinance will help protect Los Angeles residents from the secondhand emissions from e-cigarettes.

Specifically, the ordinance will end the use of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, and other public places in Los Angeles where smoking is prohibited. This follows the city council’s move last December to require all e-cigarette retailers to get a license to sell the products. E-cigarettes are currently untested and unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Today, the City of Los Angeles took a stand for the health and safety of Los Angeles’ children, families and residents,” said Kimberly Amazeen, Vice President, Programs & Advocacy, American Lung Association in California. “The Lung Association commends the Los Angeles City Council for deciding to stand up to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean, healthy air in workplaces and public places. This ordinance will help reduce the cycle of addiction to harmful tobacco products, prevent a lifetime of addiction and ultimately save lives.”

The American Lung Association in California urges Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to sign the ordinance into law in order to limit the use of these potentially dangerous devices.

“We remain very concerned about the potential safety and health consequences of e-cigarettes, as well as claims that they can be used to help smokers quit. We continue to urge the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes as there is no way for the public health, medical community or consumers to know what chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes or what the short and long term health implications might be,” said Amazeen.

There are seven FDA-approved medications proven to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit; e-cigarettes are not one of them. When smokers are ready to quit, they should call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or talk with their doctors about quitting.