February 1, 2017
Allies for Children and other child and health advocates are calling on Allegheny County Council to protect children from e-cigarette exposure. Right now, County Council is considering whether or not to pass the health department’s reasonable proposal to limit the use of e-cigarettes or vaporizers in the locations where combustible cigarette use is already prohibited. Join us, and urge members to vote yes.
While the Federal Drug Administration has the ability to regulate tobacco, including requiring manufacturers to list ingredients and health impacts, it cannot restrict tobacco use in public places. Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act does not include e-cigarettes in its definition of products prohibited for use indoors. Therefore, government must protect children and others from unwanted exposure.
Here are three simple ways you can urge County Council members to support the proposal.
Sign the Petition
Click here to sign the Women for a Healthy Environment’s petition. Our voice becomes more powerful with each signature.
Speak at a County Council Meeting
The Public Health Committee is holding a public hearing regarding the e-cigarette proposal on Monday, February 6 the at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse. Click here to request to comment. The request form must be received no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
Contact Your County Council Member
Express your concern about e-cigarette exposure to your County County member by calling 412-350-6490. Click here to find your representative’s name, telephone number and email.
The health department’s proposal is backed by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who recently released a report focused on the health concerns regarding e-cigarette use by youth. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, no matter how it is delivered, nicotine is harmful to young people. In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs and diacetyl–a chemical linked to serious lung disease. Here in Allegheny County, health experts also are speaking out about their concerns.