Senate Bill 140 - Electronic Cigarettes

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Senate Bill 140 – Electronic Cigarettes
Jennifer Jimenez
California State University, Northridge
July 24, 2015

I was required to identify one piece of health related legislation that is making its way through the state legislative process in California, but has not yet passed or been enacted. I selected SB 140: Electronic Cigarettes, where a growing health concern is brought up with the over use of electronic cigarettes (E-cigs). The following presentation will provide the reader an overiew of the health problem, severity of the health problem, overview of the bill and stakeholders, the promises/expected outcomes, problems of the bill, unintended consequences of the bill,and our recommendations. Keywords:
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And to reduce the second- hand smoke and possably individuals to stop smoking (E-cigarettes, 2015). The stakeholder that will be affected by this bill is Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and non-SFATA industries because it will but them out of business (Didak, 2015.) Some of the SFATA companies/brands that will be highly affected by the Senate Bill 140 as mention in the “Quite Smoking Community” website are Vaporfi, V2 Cigs, and Mig Cigs; just to name a few of the companies that will see a decrease in their business (2015). These companies will be affected by SB 140 because it is going to be two laws combined together trying to decrease the consumtion e-cigarettes of minors.
Severity of the Health Problem
The severity of the health problems that come from smoking e-cigarettes are that we are still unaware of what exactly do these electronic devices contain. At it is stated in the article “Drug Facts: Electronic Cigarettes” that they contain different amounts of nicotine, flavoring, and other unknown chemicals. With these unknown chemicals, we are unaware of what can be the consequences or risks are with long-term consumption of using e-cigs. There are over “400,000 deaths each year in the United States” at a cause from smoking and inhaling nicotine; yet the worst risks are the development of cancer and heart diseases (Drug
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