Letter: Lung association: Ban e-cigs

The proportion of students who reported having ever The proportion of students who reported having ever used e-cigarettes last year doubled from 2011 to 10 percent for high school students and to 2.7 percent for middle school students. (June 12, 2013) Photo Credit: PA Wire/Press Association

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The debate over electronic cigarettes continues, while we keep waiting for the Obama administration and the Food and Drug Administration to assert their authority to regulate these products and require manufacturers to disclose exactly what they contain ["LIRR is right to ban e-cigs," Editorial, July 19].

We applaud the Long Island Rail Road for including e-cigarettes in its smokefree policies. There is no evidence that shows the vapors emitted by e-cigarettes are safe for non-users to inhale. Additionally, because e-cigarettes often look like other tobacco products, they make it harder to enforce existing smokefree laws.

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We urge other state and local agencies to do the same.

Michael Seilback, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is a vice president with the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

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