Chapter Member Testifies on E-cigarette Legislation
Dr. Morgan Greenfield, a pediatric resident and member of DC AAP, testified on behalf of the Chapter at a recent D.C. Council public hearing in support of Bill 21-780: Electronic Cigarette Parity Amendment Act of 2016. This bill would prohibit smoking electronic cigarettes in restricted areas in parity with prohibitions on traditional tobacco products.
Dr. Greenfield debunked the myth that e-cigarettes are the ‘healthier’ option to conventional cigarettes. Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that between 2011 and 2014, there was a 650% increase in the current use of e-cigarette products by middle school children. In the District, over 34% of high school students have tried some form of electronic cigarettes, and more than 13% of teens are regular users of these products.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends holding electronic cigarettes to the same standards as regular cigarettes regarding their public use and distribution.