Oxford County does not recommend the use of electronic cigarettes.
An e-cigarette is a battery-powered vapourizer, which uses a liquid solution typically containing a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine and flavourings. It has the same feel as tobacco smoking.
As of January 1, 2016, it is illegal to sell or supply electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and component parts (e.g. battery, atomizer) to anyone under 19 years of age. Read more about the new rules on the Government of Ontario website.
Why we need to be concerned
There may be little to no consistency in the composition and quality of the individual delivery systems, the substances added to the device, the nicotine, the chemical makeup and the facilities where they are made (World Health Organization, 2009). Questions still remain about the long-term effects of inhaling propylene glycol as well as other products that may be created from vapourization ( NSRA, 2012).
- Electronic cigarettes currently have undetermined health effects and a lack of quality control and manufacturing standards;
- E- cigarettes are not approved as a smoking cessation aid in Canada;
- Electronic cigarettes undermine the current tobacco control policies in place.
Questions still remain about the long-term effects of inhaling propylene glycol as well as other products that may be created from vapourization ( NSRA, 2012).
What can you do?
Due to this lack of evidence and a lack of quality control and manufacturing standards, Oxford County Public Health recommends businesses and organizations develop a policy to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited through the Smoke Free Ontario Act.
Contact Oxford County Public Health at 519-539-9800 Ext. 3496 for assistance in developing an internal policy that addresses e-cigarette use.