The Reston Association in Fairfax, Virginia has banned electronic cigarettes in public spaces according to stories in the Washingtonian and Common Ground magazines.  This appears to be the next trend in the fight against smoking.  Users of the e-cigs assert that the vapor emitted is harmless and is preferable over second-hand smoke from traditional cigarettes.  However, the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the safety of e-cigs and some say that the vapor emitted contains toxic chemicals.  Certainly we can anticipate that this battle will continue to be fought. It is also possible to smoke TCH (the active ingredient in marijuana) from e-cigarettes.  So, if your association is concerned about any type of smoking in common areas or in units, it is advisable to seek legal advice about what steps can be taken to prohibit it.

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