Jul 27, 2015 8:13 PM by News Staff, Photo: TBEC Review CC BY 2.0
The Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday whether or not they should prohibit electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned.
As written, the proposal would remove the current exemption for restaurants, hotels and assembly rooms.
The Butte County Public Health Department is recommending the action because of the recent growth in e-cigarette popularity and adverse health effects.
Oroville and Paradise have already updated rules to include e-cigarettes, and Chico will consider a final adoption next month. The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted last December to ban e-cigarettes in businesses and enclosed public spaces.
Electronic cigarettes vaporize nicotine in a liquid solution, and the smoker inhales vapor rather than tar and other harmful compounds in tobacco. The battery-operated devices, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, can be bought online and in convenience stores and smoke shops.
Critics say electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but others say the products are not nearly as harmful as traditional tobacco products.