Monday, June 17, 2024

Arizona legislates to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco


The Arizona Senator passed a bill that would incorporate e-cigarette products into the same regulatory measures as tobacco products.

The HB 2357 Act was initiated by Senator Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, and classifies vapes into the same category as tobacco. This means that not only should these devices comply with the same rules and regulations as cigarettes in terms of product sales, but also in terms of use.

The bill will also allow cities and towns to carry out their own supervision. Therefore, although the statutory age for the use of e-cigarettes is not explicitly raised in the Act, the statutory age for the use of e-cigarettes in many communities is now 21.

Meanwhile, another bill, SB 1147, backed by Philip Morris of the United States, will raise the legal age for buying tobacco and electronic tobacco products to 21 years and impose fines for violations. Carter, however, opposed the bill because it would circumvent the goal of defining e-cigarettes as tobacco products in HB 2347.

“Why would anyone accept the solution to the health crisis we face, and is the industry triggered it?” Carter said. “They did it with cigarettes, and now they think they can do it with vapes.”

Wrong information about the policy?

Researchers in Arizona recently pointed out that second-hand smoke has the same problem as second-hand vapor. “So, if you are using electronic cigarettes, the second-hand vapor generated by electronic cigarettes is the same problem, and electronic cigarettes contain the same chemical substances, just like the traditional cigarettes you use.” Professor Judith Gordon, temporary deputy dean of UA Nursing College, said that the temporary deputy dean’s research in UA Nursing College.

She referred to a UC Riverside study that found metals and other particles in e-liquids and aerosols they produced. “I think people have a lot of misunderstandings about e-cigarettes and think they are harmless. The more they know, the more we can educate those who exaggerate about the harmless effect on themselves and others.

At the same time, a peer review study published last summer analyzed the difference between e-liquids vapor and smoke. The results showed that the exhaled e-liquid vapor-type particles were actually droplets evaporating in seconds. Consistent with previous air samples, this study shows that the effect of evaporating on indoor air quality may be minimal.

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