Should use of E-cigs be allowed in public?

Credit: WFAA

The Frisco City Council passed an ordinance on February 18, 2014 to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes wherever regular cigarettes are prohibited.

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by JOBIN PANICKER

WFAA

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 11:54 AM

FRISCO, T.X. -- The city of Frisco took almost unprecedented action in banning the use of the electronic cigarettes where smoking is also prohibited.

With a 6-0 vote, the City Council unanimously approved the ordinance. It also prohibits sales of e-cigarettes to minors.

"While I agree with you that 'vaping' is not the same as a tobacco product, nor is it the same as non-smoking," said Council member Will Sowell.

The Council's ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors is something most e-cigarette shops already do, including DFW Vapor in Frisco.

The city agreed not to require ventilation rooms at e-cigarette stores, a move that store owners called "costly."

"I also don't see a reason for it, because what exactly are we ventilating?" asked Dave Carr of DFW Vapor.

The ordinance takes effect starting next month.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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