The ordinance to ban electronic cigarette where tobacco cigarette is prohibited postponed as members say more time needed to move in the right direction.
Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/18/2013 -- The proposed ordinance to put electronic cigarette in the category of regular cigarette has been out on hold and postponed by the council of Orange Park. The Council was earlier this week approached with a proposal to classify E Cig as regular cigarette and a hearing for the same was to happen on Tuesday but the council members feel that more time is required to think over the matter and make the right judgment.
The proposal received opposition from many e cigarette users. It was reported that many fans and supporters as well as people who are against smokeless cigarette gathered outside the town hall where the vote on the ordinance was to be cast. The ordinance which would ban use of e cigarette wherever tobacco use is but a last minute change seemingly caused the delay.
The council made a change in the ordinance including that how a violator will be punished with a $100 fine if found using e cig in public place but with no criminal offence charge. People in favor of vapor cigarette and those who are against it, both are not happy with the delay. While the council members maintain that they need more time so as to take the right decision. The ordinance will also prohibit sale of e cigarette to minors, which has got unanimous support of health officials as well as industry insiders.
Dr Barry Hummel, working with the Tobacco Prevention Network, says,” I think we certainly want it over with and how could you not know that distinction was in there when you get to the second reading.” Experts at DigitalSmoke.org say,” E cigarette brand makers have expressed their opinion that even they know there are going to be certain restriction and it is acceptable but putting electric cigarette which is nowhere close to tobacco cigarette in the very same category is not something manufacturers and user of e cigarette are very pleased about.”
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