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City council member wants e-cigarettes banned.

Tim Farley November 19th, 2013

Although e-cigarettes are promoted as a way to stop a bad habit, Oklahoma City Ward 4 Councilman Pete White wants them banned.

White asked Municipal Counselor Ken Jordan at a city council meeting to prepare a report about the possibility of outlawing the devices, which reportedly help people quit using tobacco products.

White doesn’t believe the hype that e-cigarettes will eliminate the desire to smoke.

It’s a tobacco product and another path to addiction,” he said. “The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn’t determined anything about the health aspect of it and it’s a totally unregulated industry. It’s not even inspected like lettuce is.”

Having heard stories that the e-cigarette cartridges could be filled with marijuana or other illegal substances, White is adamant that the new devices should be placed in the same category as traditional tobacco products.

I’m a true believer that we can’t just give lip service to staying healthy. We should treat these e-cigarettes just like regular tobacco use, making it embarrassing for people to use them or tax the heck out of it,” he said. “The logic is the same.”

OKC wouldn’t be the first city in Oklahoma to outlaw e-cigarettes. Ada has banned e-cigarettes on public property while the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma have outlawed their use anywhere on campus. Officials at Oklahoma State University have delayed their decision on a possible ban until December.

E-cigarettes are a smokeless way to ingest nicotine, although some users choose products without nicotine. In those instances, the devices emit vapor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly are working on legislation that would classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Already, some states have passed their own regulations. Utah, North Dakota, Arkansas, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. banned e-cigarettes indoors. California has banned e-cigarettes online.




 
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11.19.2013 at 06:11 Reply

I can tell you from personal experience, these devices work when all else has failed.  Here is an idea for the 'true beliver' The WHO projects 1 BILLION deaths from smoking. Why don't you regulate as if their lives matter!

“I’m a true believer that we can’t just give lip service to staying healthy. We should treat these e-cigarettes just like regular tobacco use, making it embarrassing for people to use them or tax the heck out of it,”

 

 
 
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