The city of Chicago passed an ordinance Wednesday that will severely restrict where electronic cigarettes can be used and how they are to be sold.
We at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center supported the city council’s measures to classify e-cigarettes as ‘tobacco products,’ and amend the Clean Indoor Air ordinance to ban their use in most public indoor places.
As we said in our brief in support of the measures to Chicago City Council:
“E-cigarettes have the potential to lead to lifelong addiction and chronic disease, and exemptions of these products from current tobacco bans and policies could negatively impact broader smoking cessation efforts by increasing public exposure to smoking triggers.”
Here is our letter to Chicago city council.
Andrea King, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Medicine