Philadelphia City Councilman-at-Large Bill Green today introduced legislation that would hold electronic cigarettes to the same restrictions as regular cigarettes.
Citing an "alarming" increase in the number of young people who are using e-cigarettes, Green said an "important outcome of this legislation is the affirmation of a tobacco-free lifestyle."
The legislation, co-sponsored with Councilman-at-Large Bill Greenlee, would move to regulate e-cigarettes under the city's "Clear Indoor Air Worker Protection Law." According to a news release, under a city code section, the legislation would define the use as "smoking" and prohibit it in "any enclosed area to which the general public is invited or in which the general public is routinely permitted."
Private establishments would be eligible for ordinance waivers.
“There is a lack of federal oversight of e-cigarettes and the potential damaging effect it has on smokers and non-smokers,” Greenlee said in a release. “Until the FDA is able to regulate this product we must safeguard our citizens and especially our youth by regulating these e-cigarettes as we do normal cigarettes.”
By the numbers
The percentage of high school students who used e-cigarettes in 2011.
The percentage of high school students who used e-cigarettes in 2012.
The percentage of middle school students who reported using e-cigarettes but never have tried regular cigarettes
Data from the Centers for for Disease Control and Prevention