Washtenaw May Add E-Cigarettes to Indoor Smoking Ban

March 09, 2015

By Bre'Anna Tinsley

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Washtenaw County residents have an opportunity to comment on possible changes to the county’s clean indoor air regulation. Officials are considering adding e-cigarettes to an indoor smoking ban.

Sharon Sheldon is the Program Administrator for the Disease Prevention Division at Washtenaw County Public Health. She says the current regulation is unclear on whether e-cigarettes are included in the ban.

“In our regulation that came into being in 2003, we had a very vague statement in there that said and other smoking products, because there weren’t any e-cigarettes at that time,” Sheldon says. “So there seems to be some controversy whether our current clean indoor-air regulation covers electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

Sheldon says there is also evidence, though not conclusive, that e-cigarettes can cause second hand exposure to nicotine and other dangerous chemicals.

The public hearing will be held at the County Clerk’s office in Ann Arbor on March 18th.