City Council bill would treat e-cigs like regular cigs
“We spent a long time working to create smoke-free workplaces, businesses and restaurants,” bill sponsor James Kraft (D-1st district), said in introducing the bill. He added that e-cigarettes, which heat a liquid to create a vapor which users inhale, “create a difficulty for those charged with enforcing smoking bans—it’s difficult to tell the difference between the vapor and the smoke.”
The devices have taken the smoking market by storm, creating some controversy and raising questions about their safety—and whether they’re too attractive to children. The FDA announced its proposed regulations last week.
The city bill as drafted would add “electronic smoking devices” to the list of tobacco products already regulated under city ordinance and treat them, basically, the same as cigarettes.
That means there would be no vaping allowed in restaurants, most work places—even city parks, which were recently added to the municipal no-smoking areas.
“We’re saying they are subject to the same restrictions,” Kraft says.