Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell advocates welcoming e-cigarette use in county buildings. But commissioners at least should acquire more credible, science-based information on the issue before promoting the product’s use by exempting it from the smoking ban. E-cigarettes are not approved as smoking cessation devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and are a proven gateway for young people to traditional smoking. E-cigarette regulations are still in the works at the FDA, and there is no conclusive data showing that secondhand vapor is safe. Why would the County Commission, which doubles as the county board of health, endorse vaping by its employees and building visitors? – Rhonda Holman
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