Statement by the American Lung Association in California Regarding State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes
(January 28, 2015)
In a new report released today, the State of California Department of Public Health Officer confirms what the American Lung Association in California has been saying about the threat e-cigarettes pose to public health. The report brings into focus what is known and still unknown about e-cigarettes and urges the public and the medical community to protect families from the potentially harmful effects of their use.
The American Lung Association in California supports including e-cigarettes in all smokefree laws and regulating the sale and licensing of electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. To address the health concerns of e-cigarettes, we are supporting Senator Mark Leno and newly submitted Senate Bill 140. We applaud the 169 local cities and counties across the state who have taken action to protect communities from e-cigarettes, now it's time for our state elected officials to get behind Senator Leno's timely proposal to protect all Californians from this growing threat to public health.
Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy, American Lung Association in California
Sacramento, CA (January 28, 2015) - As a pediatrician and Board Member of American Lung Association in California, I am pleased to see the new Health Advisory released by the Department of Public Health to alert healthcare providers to a growing public health threat posed by the marketing, sale and use of electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes) - especially to children and young people. The Lung Association has been urging regulations on these products. This Advisory helps to shed light on a subject that is not always understood or adequately addressed in the healthcare community.
What is most terrifying in this information is the impact on our children and youth. It is a wake-up call. Preliminary data from the California Healthy Kids Survey of more than 430,000 middle and high schools students shows that e-cigarette use is much higher than use of traditional cigarettes. Those of us in the medical field have an obligation to educate, advise and protect our patients and their families about this growing threat.
Afif El-Hasan, MD
American Lung Association in California Board of Directors
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