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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 don’t 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 organization’s website.

“While e-cigarettes are currently not covered under Oregon’s 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 don’t think there’s anyone that doesn’t think we should do this,” Tosterud said. “The support … is across the board.”

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