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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.
A report titled Vaporized: E-Cigarettes, Advertising, and Youth  by Legacy, examines the recent rise of e-cigarette use among youth, and the entry of the major tobacco companies into the e-cigarette market.
A policy guide titled Regulating Toxic Vapor: A Policy Guide to Electronic Smoking Devices by ChangeLab Solutions, contains comprehensive information about electronic smoking devices and what steps have been taken thus far to regulate them. 
A 2013 CD Summary from the Oregon Public Health Division, E-Cigarettes: Smokeless Does Not Mean Harmless, discusses the health and policy implications of e-cigarette sale and use.