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April 8, 2014

Council may cut local vapers some slack

DUNCAN — The Duncan City Council today will consider a  resolution to allow the use of electronic vapor devices outdoors on city-owned property, except for Abe Raizen Sports Complex.

 If the  resolution is approved, it would prohibit the indoor use of e-cigarettes indoors on city-owned property.

 The e-cigarette issue was raised two weeks ago when Duncan City Manager Jim Frieda said the city received some complaints from the senior citizens center about the electronic vapor devices.

A proposal two weeks ago to amend the city’s smoking resolution was to prohibit the “vaping” on city property, both indoors and outdoors, but the council agreed to reconsider after the head of the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League asked them to rethink the ban.

E-cigarette proponents say “vaping” is a proven method to help smokers quit tobacco and poses no second-hand harm.

 T.J. Bess, who works at the Vapor Lounge in Duncan and addressed the council about the issue, said he and others in the growing industry readily accept a vaping ban that covers city property indoors.

 The council will address the issue at its regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the council chambers.



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