DEVELOPING STORY: City of Eau Claire looking to ban e-cigs - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

DEVELOPING STORY: City of Eau Claire looking to ban e-cigs

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire City Council is considering banning the use of e-cigarettes in a number of places throughout the city. It's a step the county recently took.

"It’s the same smoking ordinance we have right now but we're just adding e-cigarettes to that,” said city council member Kathy Mitchell who proposed the change.

It's a change that Eau Claire County has already made, so now the city is looking to ban the use of e-cigarettes in city buildings, Hobbs Ice Arena, city buses, as well as on school property.

“We don’t know what the effect of the vapors are on people,” Mitchell said. “Until we know for certain what that effect is going to be, it's the better part of caution to not expose the public to that risk.”

Over at E-Cig 53 on Hastings Way, some e-cig smokers think the proposed ban is too much.

"I don't think they should be banned at all,” said Alex Schultz. “I don't think they're harmful what so ever to the people around you, it's not like second hand smoke from cigarettes.”

Other smokers understand the city’s concern.

"I don’t have any issues with them banning it in places where it's appropriate,” said Kyle Anderson owner of E-Cig 53. “I think it should be common respect, just because you can use something in public doesn't mean you should. You're not going to spray hairspray on a bus with a bunch of people so why should you use your e-cigarette?"

There was no action on the proposed ban at tonight's meeting, it will the subject of a public hearing on July 7th.

In Eau Claire County, e-cigs are not allowed inside or within 25 feet of a county facility.

E-cigs are battery-powered devices give users a nicotine buzz from a vapor.

E-cigarettes don't have tobacco tar found in traditional cigarettes but it's unclear what is in them. The FDA is now proposing regulations.

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