Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices that allow users to mimic the act of smoking a cigarette while inhaling nicotine. Instead of smoke burning from tobacco, users inhale vapor consisting of nicotine, flavor additives and other chemicals.
E-cigarettes send the wrong message to our youth and young adults, and give a false impression to tobacco users and the public that they are a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes.
In August 2012, Governor Kitzhaber signed the Tobacco-Free Campus Executive Order prohibiting the use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in state agency buildings and on state agency grounds.
While e-cigarettes are currently not covered under Oregon’s Smokefree Workplace Law, there is nothing stopping a business or community from taking action to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.
For these reasons, the Oregon Public Health Division recommends businesses and local jurisdictions prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.