Feb 10, 2015 12:25 PM by News Staff, Photo: Jonny Williams / MGN
The Paradise Town Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not the town should ban electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned.
The new restrictions would ban electronic cigarettes and vaporizers 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. Last month California Health Officials said e-cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children and should be regulated strictly.
Shasta County passed similar e-cigarette restrictions to those proposed in Paradise last year and implemented the changes in January.