The Smoking Ban Could Include Aerosol Vapors
CREATED Jun. 20, 2013
Omaha, NE - The Omaha Public Library is considering what the term "no smoking" means.
The board of trustees for OPL is considering a revision to their no smoking policy. The revision is partly due to the rise in e-cigarettes. OPL executive director Gary Wasdin says there is still not a lot known about the health hazards of e-cigarettes and most organizations are including e-cigs in part of their no smoking rule.
Electronic cigarettes are an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist. Usually nicotine is inhaled and it simulates that of tobacco.
According to Wasdin, the Douglas county Health Board considers e-cigs a health risk but the FDA has not ruled on whether they are dangerous.
The question the board is asking, what is considered smoking if nothing is actually burning? "Is an e-cigarette technically smoking? It's a vaporizer that comes out, it's not smoke,'' says Wasdin.
The current smoking policy says smokers must be at least ten feet away from the entrance of the library. The policy is the same for ten of the branches, the Saddle Brook library does not allow smoking anywhere on campus, and the South Branch has a designated smoking area.
Wasdin says the board will make a decision in July on whether e-cigs should be included in the no smoking rule. He says if enforced, staff should feel more comfortable telling people to stop puffing indoors.