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Edina Considers Banning E-Cigarettes From City Property

The school district has banned the devices from school grounds.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Edina is considering banning electronic cigarettes from all public buildings and parks.

The Edina School Board recently added “e-cigarettes” to its list of tobacco products banned on school district property.

Now the city council is looking into options for cracking down on the devices.

“E-cigarette use is already up in high schoolers,” city council member Josh Sprague said at a Tuesday meeting. “Smoking’s out, e-cigarettes are in, so how we mirror that behavior in our public spaces is important.”

E-cigarettes vaporize liquids, allowing smokers to get their nicotine fix by inhaling water vapor. They’re a controversial innovation, with some arguing that they’re a relatively innocuous aid to quitting nicotine. Others, such as council member Sprague, counter that they “lead to cross usage” with cigarettes and spread toxic secondhand vapors. Introduced in the early 2000s, the health effects of e-cigarettes are still being debated.

An ordinance on e-cigarettes will be discussed at the council’s Dec. 17 meeting.

“We can’t address whether people can use them inside the city, but we can do this as a land use [issue],” city manager Scott Neal said.

Already, city staff have been asked not to use the devices at work.
David F December 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM
This article is not clear, is tobacco not permitted on city property? If so why is smoking allowed outside of Braemar Ice Arena?
Mike B. December 07, 2013 at 12:15 PM
People who use these e-cigarettes must have money to throw away. They are not the "brightest of the bunch," to be sure. They are scruffy-looking and have tattoos. That's the kind.
Bob Moffitt December 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Sounds like Eagan is on the right track. These silly gizmos need to be regulated.
Bob Moffitt December 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Passed last night, or so I've heard.
Crystal w January 25, 2014 at 09:52 PM
I definitely agree that the electronic cigarettes should not be smoked inside of any professional building. I don't see the issue with them being smoked outside. completely disagree with the fool that describes them as something that would be smoked by a scruffy person with tattoos. I have neither scruff or tattoos and used it as a smoking cessation device. I don't see the problem with someone choosing this over tobacco. There are many reasons why it's a better choice. You may want to do some research before you speak about the cost. They are much more cost effective than tobacco. Especially if you go with a refillable vaporizer. I guess the guy that said that isn't "the brightest of the bunch." Hahaaaa!

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