San Diego, California - The County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved updating the definition of electronic smoking devices in its existing policy that provides guidelines for county programs that address tobacco use, prevention and cessation.

In a related action, the board requested that staff return with proposed regulatory language for the board’s review in which county policy and ordinances for electronic smoking devices would mirror that of conventional cigarettes in county public facilities, county workplaces as well as indoor facilities located in the unincorporated area.

The policy on tobacco use, prevention and cessation (Board of Supervisors Policy A-99), provides county programs guidance on efforts to reduce tobacco use, specifically on reducing use by minors and limiting exposure to second-hand smoke. The policy currently includes e-cigarettes.

The revised policy is expanded to include all electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes and hookahs. The updated definition came as a result of the variety of electronic smoking devices available now beyond electronic cigarettes.

The definition does not include products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designed to help people quit smoking, such as nicotine gum and other nicotine replacement products.