In its discussion of the amendment its city attorney stated that “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples and found that they contained carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users and bystanders could be exposed”. The city attorney also stated the city’s “longstanding desire to protect the public from exposure to secondhand emissions and to discourage the inherently dangerous behavior of smoking”.
In the meetings attendance were long time Laguna Beach resident and electronic cigarette user Peter French and Co-Founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) Thomas Kiklas. Both spoke to the city council and made references to personal experiences with the electronic cigarette and long standing flaws with referenced statements made by the FDA that were the basis of the councils concerns. Stated Kiklas on the FDA’s release that electronic cigarettes they tested found that they contained carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users and bystanders could be exposed, “Dr. Brad Rodu, of the University of Louisiana and Endowed Chair of Tobacco Harm Reduction Research said of the FDA’s study “Unfortunately, the agency did not report TSNA levels. Instead, it reported that TSNAs were either “Detected”
Kiklas said “that in the future we, the TVECA, hope that when any state, local or national legislative body considers regulations of the electronic cigarette, it does so by simply not relying on a single source but looks at the now complete body of scientific work available on this now seven year old technology. With 4 million Americans using the e-cig with billions and billions of uses, you have substantial data to make the conclusion that electronic cigarettes are indeed vastly less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and governmental agencies should now embrace the technology as the one option for smokers to transition to away from the one product, tobacco cigarettes, we know kills over 450,000 Americans annually”.