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"VAPING," AS E-CIGARETTE SMOKING IS CALLED, LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE THE REAL THING-DELIVERING NICOTINE AND LETTING OUT VAPOR RATHER THAN SECOND-HAND SMOKE."

WILL YOU REGULATE THE USE OF E-CIGARETTES ON YOUR PROPERTY? WHY OR WHY NOT.

RO MERCADO IREM STUDENT MEMBER GRADUATE STUDENT AT MARYLHURST UNIVERSITY MARYLHURST. ORE.

yes The use of e-cigarettes in rental properties elicits arguments on both sides of the aisle. The Food and Drug Administration is still pending results from ongoing research into the effects of e-cigarette use. So far, there have been several studies which indicate "vaping" is not entirely safe for a person's health or those passively exposed to an e-cigarettes' vapors. With these health factors in mind, property managers should consider regulating the use of e-cigarettes because:

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* The chemicals in the liquid used for the vapor may contain harmful ingredients to sensitive neighboring tenants.

* Flavor additives and chemicals may leave a residual odor after prolonged use in the rental unit.

* Reported apartment fires caused by faulty e-cigarette batteries increase the risk of property loss and tenant harm.

Generally, property managers have two main reasons for making a property tobacco free: 1) Owners want to avoid a unit's smell affecting other tenants or its marketability; and 2) The risk of starting a fire that comes with smoking traditional cigarettes. Property managers should consider e-cigarettes as having the potential to cause the same problems as regular cigarettes.

Many supporters of e-cigarettes contend that the vapors do not produce the acrid smell normally associated with regular tobacco smoking. Anecdotal evidence supports that heavy use of e-cigarettes may leave a temporary smell based on the flavors added. Long-term odors and yellowing of the walls have not been widely recorded in e-cigarette units. However, research has indicated that the synergistic effect of e-cigarette ingredients could be harmful, due to irritants in vapor passively escaping into another tenant's unit.

Furthermore, due to the e-cigarette's rapidly increasing demand, there have been e-cigarettes manufactured with quality issues. Several nationwide reports connected low-quality e-cigarette devices with combusting batteries that caused injuries and apartment fires. …

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