Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
President & CEO
Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices, which resemble tobacco cigarettes and create a vapor that users inhale; this vapor contains nicotine, flavorings, and other substances. They have grown in popularity since becoming available in the United States in 2006. E-cigarette use has the potential to undermine standards established by the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and to increase nicotine addiction among Arkansans. Currently, e-cigarettes are not included in any of the state’s statutes that define tobacco products that deliver nicotine, and there is no state excise or special tax on e-cigarettes.