Cedar Park mulls smoking, E-cigarette ordinance

Cedar Park considering ordinance for cigarettes
Cedar Park considering ordinance for cigarettes

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park City Council members planned to discuss Thursday whether or not they should regulate electronic cigarettes.

The move comes on the same day that the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules which would ban sales of E-cigarettes to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products.

“There’s not really a lot of smoking bars in the area” said Tracy Murphy, a bartender at Shooter in Cedar Park. It’s one of the few places where customers can smoke indoors, but that could change. “I think that people that do smoke tend to come here more often because we do allow it, and I think it would affect our business greatly (if the ban it).”

Employees at Vaperz in Cedar Park are also concerned about any proposed changes in local law. They say the vaporizers are harmless when compared to cigarettes.

“It can be regulated separately from tobacco,” said Christi Robertson of Vaperz in Cedar Park. “It doesn’t have to be lumped in with tobacco…not just, ‘well there are the tobacco laws, lets put them in place and that will all work for everybody.'”

A local doctor says more research on the health effects is needed and people disagree about what should happen now.

Others want the decision to left in business’s hands.

“It should be up to the individual establishment,” said Jim Henry, “not up to the government to dictate what should or shouldn’t be done.”

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