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Cheryl Stetz and Keely Ihry, Moorhead, Published April 10 2014

Letter: The ‘freedom to breathe’ at risk

On April 8, we went to the state Capitol to share our opinions on smoke-free foster care and e-cigarettes.

Since workplaces became smoke-free in 2007, clean indoor air has become the standard that Minnesotans expect. E-cigarettes are threatening clean indoor air, and our elected officials need to take action to protect our health. Studies have found that e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, heavy metals and other toxic compounds. We have no idea what the long term health impacts are for the user or those exposed to the vapors.

Including e-cigarettes in the Freedom to Breathe Act is a common sense step, and when we spoke with Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, and Reps. Ben Lien, DFL-Moorhead, and Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, they also agree.

We want to thank all three lawmakers for their support for common sense restrictions for e-cigarettes and to include them in Freedom to Breathe.

Stetz is a school and park board member for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felson; Ihry is PartnerSHIP4Health school and tobacco coordinator, Clay County Public Health.