To the editor of THE EAGLE:
We applaud The Berkshire Eagle for helping to raise awareness about the importance of regulating e-cigarettes, like we regulate cigarettes, in order to protect youth from nicotine addiction (editorial, "Regulate e-cigarettes," Sept. 26). Your readers might like to know that many local communities are taking action to regulate e-cigarettes. At this time, six Berkshire County municipalities prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and restrict their use in workplaces and public places. Pittsfield, North Adams, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge have taken the lead in trying to prevent e-cigarettes from becoming the latest way young people become hooked on nicotine.
We are available to speak with groups about e-cigarettes and other new products that are being promoted by the tobacco industry and can provide technical assistance to municipalities that would like to move in this direction. E-cigarettes are only the latest attempt by the tobacco industry to hook young people on a lifetime of addiction and maximize their profits.
Jim Wilusz is health director for the Tri-Town Health Department. Joan Rubel is the director of Public Health Initiatives, Berkshire AHEC/Tobacco-Free Community Partnership