On March 7th, the Allegheny County Council passed legislation to restrict e-cigarette use in public places where smoking is prohibited. This follows a 2016 report by the US Surgeon General confirming that the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless.
According to the US Surgeon General, the aerosol can contain harmful chemicals, such as nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.
The American Heart Association advocates added their voices throughout the entire process in support of this measure. We are pleased to applaud the county council for prioritizing public health in passing this measure. In addition, we applaud our advocates for their dedication.