E-cigarettes fall under no-smoke law

No-smoking law applies to e-cigarettes starting Aug. 16

The City’s no-smoking law will apply to electronic smoking devices starting Aug. 16. The City Council added the devices to the City’s no-smoking law earlier this year, and that law is now going into effect.

The law bans the use of electronic smoking devices in all areas where the smoking of tobacco and marijuana are banned. This includes public buildings, day care centers, schools, libraries, recreational centers, restaurants, bars, museums, retail stores, buses, light rail trains and station platforms. It also bans smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices within 25 feet of the entrance to buildings.

An electronic smoking device includes any electronic oral device that provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance for inhalation. This includes devices sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-cigarillo, e-pipe or e-hookah. The use of electronic smoking devices with marijuana oil or wax is also not permitted in public settings.

The law allows electronic smoking devices and other tobacco products to be used in tobacco businesses, hookah bars and cigar-tobacco bars. They also may be used on the outdoor patios of liquor-licensed establishments and businesses where food or beverages are served if the business allows smoking on the patio.
Posted on: Friday, August 15, 2014