Councilors Discuss Possible E-Cig Regulations
Posted at: 08/26/2013 10:52 PM
| Updated at: 08/26/2013 10:54 PM
By: Zach Hammer
Duluth City Councilors discussed three proposed ordinances aimed to regulate an alternative to cigarettes that's been rapidly growing in popularity.
Some at the meeting on Monday expressed concern that there may be unknown health risks associated with the devices. That's why the council is moving towards regulating them in a manner similar to real cigarettes.
City Attorney Gunnar Johnson stressed that the regulations would not completely ban e-cigs, as they're popularly called, but it would give the city more control over how they're sold.
"It merely regulates them like you regulate other tobacco products," said Johnson. "I don't buy cigarettes myself, but I believe if you go into a store they're behind the counter, they have to have a license, they can't be sold to those under 18. They [e-cigs] wouldn't be banned, they would just be sold like regular cigarettes."
Johnson says the measures would also regulate where people can use e-cigs, banning their use in public places like bars and restaurants.
There is no ban currently in place in Duluth, but a ban has been in place on Hennepin County property since July.
City Councilors are expected to vote on the matter at their next meeting in two weeks.