Pashinski calls for public health advisory on e-cigarette use

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced his request of a public health advisory from the state Secretary of Health, urging residents to exercise  extreme caution when using electronic cigarettes and to avoid smoking anything with serious health consequences.

Based on toxic chemicals inhaled and exhaled by e-cigarette users, as well as recent spikes in teen use and the number of children poisoned by e-liquids, Pashinski said he will introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to use child-proof caps on such liquid refills.

“The liquid for e-cigarettes is extremely dangerous to young children if swallowed,” Pashinski said. “We have child-proof caps on things like aspirin, cold medicine and vitamins. Therefore, we should have them on these refill containers.”

Pashinski also said he will promote legislation that would prevent sales of alternative nicotine products to minors. It would add e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and nicotine gum and patches to the list of products prohibited from sale to those under 18.  

“E-cigarettes continue to grow in popularity, prompting many businesses to open and specialize in sale of these products,” Pashinski said. “With increased accessibility to e-cigarettes comes increased risk they will get into the hands of minors, potentially becoming gateway drugs to regular cigarettes and harder drugs.

“These e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals, and studies show the long-term use of e-cigarettes can cause the same negative health affects as long-term smoking of actual cigarettes.”

Pashinski said these two pieces of legislation are a way to protect the health, safety and well-being of Pennsylvania’s youth.