Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are devices made of metal or plastic. They contain a cartridge with a liquid that is heated by a battery powered source. This creates an aerosol that is inhaled by the user, similar to a conventional cigarette. Many people think that e-cigarettes emit a harmless vapor, but this is NOT true. The secondhand aerosol may contain toxins and pollutants that can be dangerous to health.
Also similar to conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, which is addictive. Many come in candy and fruit flavors to hook kids into getting addicted. In December 2016, the Surgeon General released a report stating that e-cigarettes are “dangerous” and a “major public health concern” for youth.
Colorado law limits the sale of ESDs to those 18 and older and it is illegal to use ESDs on any public school property in Colorado. Colorado does not currently regulate public use, but many communities do.
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