Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney, Freeholders Julie O’Brien and Vernon Walton and Paramus Mayor James Tedesco discussed initiatives proposed by the Borough of Paramus, Bergen County and in the State Assembly to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in certain public places. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Paramus High School, East 99 Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery operated devices designed to look like and be used in the same manner as conventional cigarettes. Instead of tobacco, electronic cigarette cartridges are filled with liquid nicotine, other chemicals and are offered in a variety of flavors and are sold without any legal age restrictions. The Food and Drug Administration suggests that e-cigarettes may contain cancer-causing substances in their cartridges, including diethylene glycol, a substance found in antifreeze. Public Health experts warn that e-cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction among youth.
Bergen County’s proposed resolution, which could be approved at the October 7, 2009 Freeholder Public Meeting, prohibits the use of e-cigarettes at all county parks where children are present and inside county buildings and vehicles. Assemblywoman Wagner is proposing state legislation to ban e-cigarettes in all enclosed indoor places of public access and workplaces. The Paramus Board of Health will introduce a similar ordinance on October 26.