Harford County health officials warned residents that electronic cigarettes are just as bad as the real thing.
Susan Kelly, director of the county's health department, told the County Council during her regular report Tuesday that the health department is wary of the growing trend of "vaping," whose proponents often claim it is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
The county's tobacco work group is distributing fliers and other information fighting claims that vaping is safer, more socially accepted than smoking, nicotine-free and can help users quit smoking.
"The work group has made the recommendation that e-cigarettes be treated like any tobacco product, with being used indoors," Vickie Ensor Bands, who leads community outreach for Upper Chesapeake Health, told the council as well.
Many "e-cigarettes" still contain nicotine. E-cigarettes contain vaporizers that heat a liquid solution called "e-liquid," which can contain a variety of ingredients and is often flavored.