Public Meeting on E-cigarettes

The Committee on Public Health and Human Services of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2014 to hear testimony on the following items:

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An Ordinance amending Chapter 10-600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Public Places-Prohibited Conduct,” by adding a new Section to prohibit the use of Electronic Smoking Devices in public places and in the workplace, under certain terms and conditions.

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An Ordinance amending Chapter 9-600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Service and  Other  Businesses,”  by  clarifying  penalties  for  violations  of  Section  9-622, entitled “Cigarettes and Tobacco Products,” and by adding a new section to prohibit sales of electronic smoking devices and unapproved nicotine delivery products to minors, under certain terms and conditions.

These ordinances would add e-cigarettes to the list of nicotine products prohibited in public places in Philadelphia.

Photo by flickr user ramseymohsen

Photo by flickr user ramseymohsen

According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, “e-cigarettes are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), limited information is available on their contents, health effects, and their use for quitting or reducing smoking. This leaves the public, health agencies, and retailers with many unanswered questions.” The department does have a useful FAQ about this new kind of nicotine delivery system here.

Immediately following Thursday’s public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Public Health and Human Services, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the ordinances. Want to attend? The meeting and public discussion takes place starting at 1:00pm in Room 400, City Hall.

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