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City amends smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — The Susanville Municipal Code that regulates smoking within the city limits now includes e-cigarettes.

The Susanville City Council waived the second reading of an ordinance that would amend the code and unanimously adopted it at its Wednesday, Aug. 20 meeting.

According to the staff report, the ordinance is a response to the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes and hookah bars sweeping the country.

The ordinance expands the definition of smoking to include electronic cigarettes. The ordinance “restrict(s) smoking in certain parks and at public events.”

The use of e-cigarettes will be banned everywhere smoking is prohibited, including restaurants and workplaces.

For the full story and other local stories, read the Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.

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0 #6 jamie 2014-09-09 17:51
Your right to smoke ends when it affects everyone else's right to breathe clean air.
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+1 #5 Donna Daily 2014-09-08 22:21
I really do not get this they are not harmful to other people and they should have the right to smoke them were ever :o :o
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-3 #4 rhondaheart 2014-09-05 18:47
sitting at a stop light on a hot summer day,windows rolled down only to get a WHIFF of an e-cig from a car 2 lanes over :( don't want it or real cigarettes around me-pollute your own space please, not mine-
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+1 #3 CP 2014-09-05 05:57
Quoting SR:
I don't understand why the ban on e-cigs, when they don't emit second hand smoke, just water vapor.


Chemically speaking when propylene glycol and nicotine are combined they form trace amounts (enough to warrant caution) of HCNO which is a harmful chemical. Granted HCNO is rapidly absorbed and negligible amounts are exhaled however, there are no conclusive studies on the exact amount exhaled. Pure propylene glycol now, you are correct is pure water vapor after excitement and generally speaking since flavoring compounds don't contain Carbon atoms they as well only produce water vapor. Since there is no real way to tell if someone is Vaping 0 nicotine juice beyond a reasonable doubt it must be assumed all contain nicotine. Which FYI unless you mix your own most 0 Nic juices still have nicotine in small amounts. The shitty part is this town almost never imposes smoking laws but they will impose the ban on E-Cigs now that its new.
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0 #2 Susie McNally 2014-09-03 17:14
Current scientific studies indicate that the "vapor" is actually "aerosol" depending on what ingredients are in the electronic smoking device and this varies with each and every device. We all need to be informed consumers and not just accept the "vapor" theory. Check out reports on line from the experts such as scientists from the World Health Organization and the Universities. Isn’t it wise to error on the side of caution until all the facts are in? Why put our health in jeopardy by accepting the unknown smoke particulates from electronic smoking devices into our space?
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+6 #1 SR 2014-09-02 20:34
I don't understand why the ban on e-cigs, when they don't emit second hand smoke, just water vapor.
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