A north Texas town has become the first in Texas to add the practice of 'vaping,' or using electronic cigarettes, to all of the places where smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes is prohibited. 1200 WOAI news reports the action by the City Council in Frisco is adding to the question of whether e-cigarettes are dangerous.
"They have identified ten chemicals in the e-cigarette vapor which are on the list of carcinogens," said Dr. Miguel Fernandez, who runs the South Texas Poison Center.
Council members in Frisco say while 'vaping,' is clearly less dangerous than smoking, it is 'clearly' not as safe for the smoker and passers by than not smoking at all.
The Frisco ban also outlaws the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Dr. Fernandez says a list of chemicals that can be found in 'vaping' products is scary.
"Benzene, which is a known carcinogen, formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen, cadmium, which is a known carcinogen."
Supporters of e-cigarettes say the practice includes the heating of water and other materials, which does not create the 'second hand smoke' which is common to cigarettes because what is released is just water vapor.
But Dr. Fernandez says he's not worried about what is released, but with what goes into the system of the person using the e-cigarette.
"Studies have not been done whether or not the e-cigarettes are harmful to people who are around them, who are inhaling the vapor," he says. "I think this will become a new term...second hand vape."