The Pasco City Council is planning to vote on prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in the same places where tobacco cigarette use is banned.
E-cigarettes turn a liquid nicotine into a gas that is inhaled by the user, which leads to uncertain hazards for users and bystanders, Deputy City Manager Stan Strebel said.
“I’ve heard some people indicate it smells the same as smoking,” he told the council at its Monday workshop.
The council is expected to vote next Monday on having Pasco officially codify state Initiative 901, a 2005 law that prohibits smoking in buildings and vehicles that are open to the public and places of employment.
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Pasco’s e-cigarette ban would go a step further than the state law, considered the most stringent in the country when it was passed.
It would also ban smoking in parts of public parks that are within 25 feet of playgrounds, shelters, pools and splash pads, which the state law hasn’t done.