Public health officials can’t just look the other way in face of evidence
TOM KEANE was off-base in his analysis of Boston’s consideration of a proposal to regulate nicotine delivery products such as electronic cigarettes (“The second-hand truce,’’ Op-ed, Sept. 17).
A simple Google search would have yielded results showing that laboratory tests conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration found that e-cigarettes do indeed contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens.
The health effects of involuntary exposure to e-cigarette vapors may be unknown; however, as public health officials we don’t have the option of looking the other way until we have all the answers about an unregulated nicotine product that can be legally sold to minors and that undermines existing protections against smoking in the workplace.
Barbara Ferrer, Executive director Boston Public Health Commission Boston