Letters to the Editor

March 23, 2014

Invitation to All Points: Council considers restrictions on e-cigarettes

The Fort Worth City Council is considering a ban of electronic cigarette sales to minors, following actions taken by several other cities in Texas and elsewhere. Proponents of e-cigarettes see them as a helpful and healthier tool in promoting smoking cessation, and opponents believe they are a “gateway” to tobacco cigarette smoking. But the FDA has yet to issue guidelines about the potential health risks of e-cigarettes.

The Fort Worth City Council is considering a ban of electronic cigarette sales to minors, following actions taken by several other cities in Texas and elsewhere. Proponents of e-cigarettes see them as a helpful and healthier tool in promoting smoking cessation, and opponents believe they are a “gateway” to tobacco cigarette smoking. But the FDA has yet to issue guidelines about the potential health risks of e-cigarettes.

Given the limited science and research, is Fort Worth smart to regulate sales to minors and potentially restrict “vaping” in public places? Or would the ban have a negative impact on health by discouraging a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking?

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