Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco.

The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1t2Xcm4 ) the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes.

Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to the code does not ban use in bars or private establishments.

The council brought the ordinance back for reconsideration after it failed at the Aug. 6 meeting. The ordinance was proposed by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

Vice Mayor Ryan Marquis, who was the only person to vote against the ordinance, said he was concerned about government telling a business how they should regulate their shop.

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Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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