For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention.
After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve just released our first policy statement on e-cigarettes. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown had this to say on today's release:
In the just-released statement, you’ll find:
- Strong support for regulations that would prohibit marketing or selling e-cigarettes to minors
- A recommendation that e-cigarettes be included in existing smoke-free laws
- Guidance for healthcare providers who would counsel patients about e-cigarettes
- A call for continued research and monitoring of these rapidly evolving products
You can read more about this policy statement on the main AHA blog. Then, take a moment to tell us what you think in the comments section below.