The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is celebrating the legislature’s passage of and Gov. Kristi Noem signing legislation into law that will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where smoking is prohibited. David Benson, government relations director for ACS CAN released the following statement:
“On behalf of our cancer advocates across the state, ACS CAN applauds South Dakota’s legislature for passing and Gov. Noem for signing this significant public health legislation. The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.
“This legislation will continue to protect the rights of those who live or work in South Dakota to breathe clean air, free from secondhand exposure to nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals found in these products. It will also help ensure that enforcement of existing smoke-free laws is not compromised, and that the public health benefits of smoke-free laws are not undermined.”