Electronic smoking device use prohibited indoors in New Jersey

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January 13, 2010 by Jackson NJ Online
Filed under New Jersey News

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz that prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in indoor public places and workplaces and prohibits the sale of the devices to minors was signed into law Monday by Governor Jon Corzine.

The bill, A-4227/4228, amends the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act to also include an electronic smoking device which is defined as an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe.

“This legislation is a matter of public safety,” explained Munoz, R-Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union. “While many of the health risks associated with the product remain unknown, laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples by the federal Food and Drug Administration have found they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals including an ingredient used in antifreeze.”

Noting that the devices can easily be purchased on the internet, including by minors, Munoz said, “Until the FDA says otherwise, I’d rather err on the side of caution when it comes to matters of public health and safety, especially when it involves the sale of potentially harmful products to minors.”

Under the bill, the penalties that currently apply to a person who smokes tobacco in an indoor public place or workplace (a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense) would apply to a person who uses an e-cigarette in violation of this bill.

An e-cigarette is operated by a battery that warms liquid nicotine and propylene glycol from a replaceable plastic cartridge when a person inhales the device. Propylene glycol, a liquid used in antifreeze, vaporizes when a person exhales and produces a mist that is nearly identical in appearance to tobacco smoke.

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about the Electronic Pipe gaining popularity in Jersey…

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