Chasing the E-Cigarette Dragon: How The Latest Public Health Challenge has become a Public Safety Problem

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have become popular for those seeking an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products.  The lack of regulation made e-cigs easy to access and has shepherded their nefarious use.  The use of the e-cigs as an illicit drug delivery device is touted on websites, blogs, and videos describing how best to use them for specific illicit drugs and advocating for vaping illicit drugs publicly.  These forums also explain the benefits of vaping illicit drugs because it can be done in public without questions due to the lack of suspicious odors and the acceptability of vaping. This forum will describe the e-cig phenomena, vape oils and the impact to forensic science and the criminal justice system.