Electronic cigarettes: smoke-free laws, sale restrictions, and the public health

Am J Public Health. 2014 Jun;104(6):e17-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301890. Epub 2014 Apr 17.


Consumer use of e-cigarettes is rising despite a lack of rigorous safety testing, manufacturing controls, and a well-understood risk profile. Many states and municipalities have prohibited e-cigarette sale to minors or amended their smoke-free laws to restrict public use. I discuss the public health impact of e-cigarettes and the current lack of Food and Drug Administration regulation, and advocate that states and localities reexamine their smoke-free laws and sale restrictions to appropriately regulate public use and youth access.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Public Health
  • Smoke-Free Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Products* / adverse effects
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Young Adult