Why are e-cigarettes prohibited?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that e-cigarettes may be an emerging public health issue. More research is needed to understand the health impacts of e-cigarettes, but studies have found cancer-causing and toxic chemicals in the first and secondhand vapor. The CDC reports a sharp rise in the number of calls to U.S. Poison Control Center concerning children being poisoned by liquid nicotine. Without state or federal marketing restrictions, with the delay in setting age restrictions, and with flavors like gummy bear and Girl Scout cookie, more than five times as many youth in Lane County used e-cigarettes in 2015 than in 2013.

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1. What are the benefits of smoke-free public spaces?
2. What is included in “public spaces?"
3. When will this policy take effect?
4. Where is the downtown core?
5. What exactly does the new rule prohibit?
6. Will the policy apply to events that take place in Eugene’s downtown core?
7. How will the smoke-free policy be enforced?
8. I have a business in the downtown core. Is there an option to opt-out of this rule for public space that is adjacent to my private establishment?
9. What are the impacts if my private establishment chooses to opt-out?
10. My commercial property is outside the downtown core. Is there an option to opt-in to this rule?
11. How will the community become aware of the rule change?
12. Did the community have a chance to comment on the proposed rule change?
13. Why are e-cigarettes prohibited?
14. What are some of the benefits of quitting smoking?
15. What resources are available to help people quit smoking?