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By Eric Heinz
After revisiting the matter twice, City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 2, voted to formally add vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, to its list of prohibited areas such as public parks, parking lots and beaches as well as other areas where smoking is already prohibited under state law.
The holdup on adding vaping was that City Councilmembers wanted more time to look into state law and what it provides on vaping and the contents of e-cigarettes.
Councilmember Steve Swartz said he didn’t want to police people’s behavior too much, as smoking is already banned in many places in the city. What wasn’t clear to Council at the time of the first ordinance was whether vaping even classified as smoking. An ordinance on prohibiting smoking in the aforementioned locations was passed about a month ago.
The ordinance still needs a second reading before going into a 30-day buffer period and goes into effect.