Experts Speaks Out in Support of E-Cigarette Regulations

vapeExperts from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences support the Allegheny County Health Department’s proposal to regulate e-cigarettes in the way that traditional cigarettes are already regulated.

Cancer, family medicine, emergency medicine and pediatric physicians and other experts came together today at a press briefing to share the facts about e-cigarettes, including second-hand vape exposure, toxins and how vaping introduces youth and other nonsmokers to nicotine and traditional cigarettes.

The Allegheny County Council meets tomorrow, March 7 at 5 p.m. to vote on e-cigarette regulations. Its decision could allow Pittsburgh to join Philadelphia in setting the pace for other counties and the state, which currently lack such regulations.

Experts that were included today were:

• Ellen Mazo, director of government affairs, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
• Stanley M. Marks, M.D., chairman of the UPMC CancerCenter
• Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for research on health and society at the University of Pittsburgh
• Michael J. Lynch, M.D., medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, and UPMC emergency medicine physician and toxicologist

Highlights of the press conference below:

There are potential health dangers to e-cigarettes, both to those vaping and the people around them. The proposed regulations do not ban e-cigarette use, but minimize the exposure of others.