Eau Claire County Board restricts e-cigarette use

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire County Board banned the use of e-cigarettes within 25 feet of county buildings.

Francie Peardon, the Community Advocacy Director for the Eau Claire County Health Department feels more research needs to be done to determine the impact of e-cigarettes on users. Peardon says, “We really feel that ongoing research is critical, to know what the impact of e-cigarettes are on an individual, and especially in terms of nicotine addiction."

Until more research can be done, Peardon says keeping businesses smoke free is a good idea. She says, “It is really important that policies include e-cigarettes in their smoke free policies, because it protects people in public places from smoke and now vapor by-products. “

The Eau Claire County Board is doing just that by voting 26-1 in favor of restricting the use of e-cigarettes within 25 feet of county buildings.Kyle Anderson, the owner of E-CIG 53, agrees that there's nothing wrong with restricting where e-cigarettes can be used but Anderson says research he's seen shows second hand vapor is relatively harmless.

Anderson says, “The FDA says that the second hand vapor is benign basically, but we don't think that it's something that should be encouraged in public places. People have to use some class and make sure to not do that around other people because I wouldn't want to be breathing other people's vapor.”

As far as any negative impact the restrictions may have on Anderson's business, he doesn't believe there will be any.

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