Eau Claire council to consider adding e-cigarette smoking to ban

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A proposal to ban e-cigarette smoking on city-owned property is about to go to the Eau Claire City Council.

A first reading of the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday night's meeting. Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, who also serves on the City-County Board of Health, says the county asked members of the health board to support a proposal. It would include e-cigarette smoking as part of its smoking ban in county facilities. Now, she's asking to tack e-cigarette smoking onto the city's smoking ban. Mitchell says there is no research that can tell what effect e-cigarette smoking could have on the smokers, or others. That's why she says it's the "better part of caution" to ban it in city-owned facilities.

Last month, the Eau Claire County Board banned the use of e-cigarettes within 25 feet of county buildings. Mitchell says the city currently bans smoking in any city facility, city bus, or school property. She says the council will have a public hearing on the proposal at the first meeting in July, which is set for Monday, July 9. The council would then vote on it on Tuesday, July 10. It's unclear when the ban would take effect, if it passes, but Mitchell expects that it would happen this summer.

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