What Do You Think About E-Cigarettes in Libraries?
The sentiment seems to be coming down on the “not allowed” side, which is where I am, too. I have not encountered one in my library, but other Massachusetts libraries have – one even felt the “e-smoker” (a.k.a., apparently, “vaper“) was actually trying to pick a policy fight because he had a bunch of pro-e-cigarette material at the ready.
I’ve done some light research on this since the discussion started, and was surprised to find out the FDA’s position is basically “needs more study, so in the meantime we’re erring on the side of caution.” The Mayo Clinic feels the same way: “Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe play is to say no to electronic cigarettes.”
That alone is enough to sway me into the “not in libraries” camp, but I was also curious about the effectiveness of them as a smoking cessation tool. Marketing for e-cigarettes seems to be all over the map, from cessation to a healthier alternative to a method to still accommodate the smoking habit in smoke-free zones. Which is what marketing is supposed to do: appeal to everyone and anyone in order to sell sell sell.
However, WebMD had an interesting point regarding cessation and health-related side-effects: