City Council Considering Prohibiting E-Cigarettes in Public

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 07/07 2014 06:14PM

Updated 07/07 2014 06:35PM

It's called vaping, and city leaders say they are concerned about electronic cigarettes, not just their traditional counterparts."Essentially, electronic cigarettes of various types have become more prominent,"explains City Manager, Larry Gilley. Also, three of our peer cities have passed ordinances regulating e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, including San Angelo, Carrolton, and Grand Prairie.

Public health is a concern of the city's, but vapor enthusiasts say it shouldn't be. "For me, personally, I think that it should be allowed everywhere because there are no harmful effects to other people that have been established at all," says William Hopkins, owner of Stogies Vapor. Hopkins says he agrees that e-cigarette products should not be sold to minors, however, they do not believe that it should be the city's decision as to where vaping is allowed.

"I do think that if a certain business owner doesn't like it happening on his premises, then they should be empowered to stop that themselves," says Hopkins.

Some restaurants that currently allow e-cigarettes inside say they do not have issues with them. "Usually they are mindful of other customers, too. So like if they do smoke or blow it out or whatever, they kind of turn their face, explains Bryceton Nichols of Fat Boss's Pub. Fuzzy's Taco Shop is another local business that allows customers to use e-cigarettes while dining.

One parent says she is not sure of the specific effects of e-cigarettes and vapors, but her concern level raised after an experience at a movie theater. "It just kind of took me like a second and it had a, it was a pleasant smell, but of course every kid in the whole theater said 'Whats that? Whats that? Whats that?' So I don't know. I don't know if that's good or bad. I guess that's just a parenting decision you are going to have to make," explains Misty Greer.

To learn more about the proposed ordinance change, click here.
There will be a public hearing on this issue on July 24th at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, which is located at 555 Walnut Street.

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