The Health Promotion team is a community resource for vaping prevention. We have various educational materials available upon request, and we can offer vaping intervention programming in school and group settings. For more information, call (309) 888-5446.
What are e-cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a rapidly emerging and diversified product class. These devices typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol. These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", and "tank systems.
- E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales.
- The liquid usually has nicotine, which comes from tobacco; flavoring and other additives.
- E-cigarette products can also be used as a delivery system for marijuana and other drugs.
- E-cigarettes often look like regular cigarettes, although their appearance can vary widely.
Are e-cigarettes safe?
E-cigarettes pose many public health concerns:
Are e-cigarettes regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
Can e-cigarettes help someone quit smoking?
Can e-cigarettes be used in public places?
Can communities choose to ban e-cigarettes?
What are the benefits of banning e-cigarettes?
I want to ban e-cigarettes. Is help available?
Yes– businesses, private property owners, employers and landlords can restrict or prohibit the use of e-cigarettes. If you would like to create a no e-cig policy, or add e-cigs into your current smoke-free policy, the health department can provide guidance and resources free of charge.
Contact the Health Promotion division at (309) 888-5968.