Local health providers hope report on e-cigs improves public health

U.S. Surgeon General reports new warnings against e-cigs

The U.S. Surgeon General has acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of e-cigarettes.

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued new rules that will require manufacturers to submit ingredients for researchers to review.

According to local health officials, the warning gives public health rulings against tobacco and e-cigarettes more weight.

“The misperception that this vapor, so people inhaling on the e-cigarette, the vapor that comes out , everybody’s saying, ‘Oh, that’s harmless. It’s just water’ Well, no, the Surgeon General report says that’s not just water. This is nicotine and other cancer-containing products in that vapor, and so for you to be around that is risky,” said Gundersen Health System Allergist Doctor Todd Mahr.

Health officials also hope the report will urge Wisconsin lawmakers to look at the state’s tobacco use laws and better restrict the use of e-cigarettes.