Fairview to mull ban on e-cigarettes
Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud wants to restrict e-cigarettes in the city. He had said it would be one of his first acts as mayor. With a Multnomah County presentation on the issue scheduled for the Jan. 21 City Council meeting, Tosterud said he hopes the council will vote to limit the devices.
I think when you see the presentation, you dont feel any other way (other than to ban e-cigarettes), he said.
This ordinance would bring the law in line with non-electronic smoking, banning it from restaurants, bars and within 20 feet of a building. It also would place an age limit for purchases, outlawing sales to customers less than 18 years old.
The Oregon Health Authority says e-cigarettes send the wrong message to youths that using e-cigarettes is a healthy alternative to cigarettes, according to the organizations website.
While e-cigarettes are currently not covered under Oregons Smokefree Workplace Law, there is nothing stopping a business or community from taking action to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, the site reads. For these reasons, the Oregon Public Health Division recommends businesses and local jurisdictions prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.
During the 7 p.m. meeting, there will be an opportunity for the public to voice concerns or support for the proposed ordinance.
I dont think theres anyone that doesnt think we should do this, Tosterud said. The support is across the board.Add a comment