Georgetown City Council bans e-cigarettes in public places

A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it . (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it . (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Georgetown City Council voted on Tuesday evening to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places as well as prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

According to Keith Hutchison, spokesperson for the City of Georgetown, starting April 23, e-cigarettes will be banned everywhere traditional cigarettes are currently prohibited, e.g. restaurants, bars and bingo halls.

Since there currently isn’t a state law regulating the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the City decided to ban the sale of the product to anyone under the age of 18.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that the marketing of products such as e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products.

 

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