E-cigarettes banned in Largo City buildings
LARGO, FLA. -- State and federal regulators haven't touched this topic yet, but the City of Largo has: the city is breaking new ground and has banned cigarettes from city buildings.
The city workplace has been tobacco free since 2012 and now--effective immediately--it is e-cigarette free.
When asked about people's reaction as someone lights up a real cigarette or an e-cigarette nearby one person said "it doesn't make any difference to me...it is polluting my air," said resident Steve Foulk.
"I want to leave. It will be smokey chemicals around me – I want to leave," said Kaitlyn Milaini
"It doesn't bother me - I am educated, I know what's in it," said Jennifer Wiggins.
There were mixed reviews from the public on whether or not e-cigarettes should be banned where cigarettes are banned; we even asked a smoker if they wanted to breath it in, "No, probably not. It is not fair for the smoker to make everybody smoke."
The ordinance states you can't use e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes or anything under the product name in city buildings – places like city hall, police headquarters, the recreation center, or the library.
"Now they smoke; so they'll go outside and smoke real cigarettes. I would rather see them inside smoking air and water instead of the real thing," said Jennifer Wiggins.
An e-cigarette industry expert worked with city officials to make sure the wording of this ordinance didn't included the word "tobacco."
VISTA Truth, a Vaping Industry Supported Proactive Advocacy Non-Profit Corporation, president Kevin Skipper said, "In the state of Florida we oppose any and all city and country bans: they want to classify these as tobacco products, which the state hasn't done yet - cities should take a relaxed approach."
The Assistant City Manager said in a statement the ban came after citizens complained about e-cigarettes, "Most people assume that if regular smoking is prohibited, then the use of e-cigarettes would logically also be prohibited. State law regulates smoking in buildings, but is silent on the issue of e-cigarettes."
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