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Oklahoma town bans electronic cigarettes on public property beginning Nov. 20

The amendment to the city of Ada's tobacco ordinance forbids electronic cigarettes on all indoor and outdoor areas owned or operated by the city.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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— Electronic cigarettes will be banned from public property beginning Nov. 20 after the Ada City Council narrowly amended the city's tobacco ordinance.

The amendment — which passed Oct. 21 by a 3-2 vote — forbids electronic cigarettes on all indoor and outdoor areas owned or operated by the city.

“The ban does not include sidewalks,” Councilman Bryan Morris said.

Morris, Darrell Nemecek and Guy Sewell voted in favor of the ban, while Shane Sweeney and Mayor Greg McCortney opposed it. Telephone messages left for McCortney, Nemecek, Sweeney, Sewell and City Manager Cody Holcomb were not returned.

“I am sure there are people that aren't happy,” said Morris, noting two or three people spoke against the ordinance at the Oct. 21 city council meeting.

The bottom line, Morris said, was parents who said they don't want to see people with electronic cigarettes at city parks while they are watching their children play.

“If we are going to ban tobacco, we have to be fair to everyone,” Morris said. “People want to enjoy our outdoor area.”

The smokeless electronic cigarettes emit a vapor. They may or may not contain nicotine.

Studies surrounding the health risks are “all across the board,” Morris said.

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