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October 20, 2017

Yolo County Purposes Electronic Cigarette Ban


[California] ~ Yolo County supervisors will receive a presentation Tuesday regarding an electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDD) and electronic cigarettes ban.

According to meeting documents, “since their introduction in 2007, ENDD use has nearly tripled among Yolo County youth. Recent research indicates that the aerosol or vapor expelled from ENDDs contains toxic chemicals not intended to be ingested.” Last year, the city of Woodland banned ENDD and e-cigarettes in public places and now this may become commonplace countywide.

Having no objections, the City Council took the first steps to ban e-cigarettes from public facilities. The decision took the same amount of time as a couple puffs from an e-cig; if that were legal in the council chambers.

The ordinance, introduced last July, also banned smoking within 20 feet of any commercial building. If the restrictions sound familiar, it’s because they also apply to “traditional” tobacco cigarettes. The measure passed on a unanimous vote brought by Mayor Pro Tempore Bill Marble and seconded by Angel Barajas.

This is in line with bans all over the country.

In January, state health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be regulated. “The California report says e-cigarettes emit as many as 10 toxic chemicals, but advocates say there is no evidence those substances are released at dangerous levels,” according to The Associated Press.

Other states, including Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas, already have issued advisories cautioning the use of e-cigarettes. Legislatures have been exploring restrictions on e-cigarette marketing, adding childproof packaging requirements and imposing taxes to discourage use.

“Health officials want to be proactive on this important public health issue,” Lisa Waddell, who leads community health and prevention at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told The Associated Press. “The issue of real concern here is we really don’t know everything that’s in these products, and you are seeing the rise of the use of these products in our children as well as our adults.”


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