A thank you to county leaders for taking a stand on e-cigarettes

Thank you to Commissioner Marion Greene and the entire Hennepin County Board for taking a strong stand to protect clean indoor air in our county.

Your vote to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is currently prohibited ensures that everyone’s right to breathe clean indoor air is preserved. As a public health researcher, I am impressed with the commissioners’ recognition that prevention is the essence of sound public health policy. Preventing unwanted exposure to the aerosol of these unregulated products means we are protecting the most vulnerable among us, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.

Hennepin County has long been a leader in passing health-focused policies. The clean indoor air ordinance that the county passed in 2005 helped set the stage for a statewide law that has prevented illness and saved many lives. I applaud the county board for once again voting to safeguard the health of Hennepin County citizens, workers, and visitors.

Deborah Hennrikus