Dear [Decision Maker],
Vote YES on including e-cigarettes in the Smoke-free Ordinance and to close loopholes that continue to allow smoking in offices, hotels and motels and in homes used as health care and child care facilities.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even separating people who smoke from those who do not, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths, including more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths among nonsmoking adults each year in the United States. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes many of the same tobacco-related diseases as active smoking, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Failing to close loopholes in the smoke-free ordinance continues to put the public's health at risk.
Additionally, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Finally, we know that e-cigarette use among youth has become an epidemic in our state, where 30 percent of Wyoming high school students are reportedly using these addictive devices. Smoke-free laws help prevent kids from using these products, help support those who are trying to quit as well as protect everyone's right to breathe clean smoke-free air. Including e-cigarettes in smoke-free laws affirms a smoke-free social norm and sends a clear message to our young people that these products are not safe.
As your constituent, I urge you to please support including e-cigarettes and closing loopholes for offices, hotels and motels and in-home health care and child care facilities in our smoke-free ordinance so our city will be a healthier place to live, work and breathe. Thank you for your time and consideration of this critical matter.
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