California DPH Names E-Cigarettes a “Public Health Threat”

In a report issued this week, California Department of Public Health officials declared that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a threat to public health and should be regulated like traditional cigarettes. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director at California Department of Public Health, pointed to studies that show e-cigarettes release a mix of more than 10 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer, saying “We really, really believe strongly people of California need to know what is in e-cigarettes and the harm that they can cause.” The state plans to launch a campaign alerting residents to the health risks associated with using these products.

For more on this story, see Consumerist’s article here.