The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

National and world

October 29, 2013

E-cigarettes banned from public property in Oklahoma town

AMARILLO, Texas — Ada is banning electronic cigarettes from public property beginning Nov. 20 after the city council narrowly amended its tobacco ordinance.

The amendment — which passed last week by a 3-2 vote — forbids electronic cigarettes on all indoor and outdoor areas owned or operated by the city. The ban doesn't include sidewalks.

Councilman Bryan Morris said the bottom line was parents who said they don't want to see people with electronic cigarettes at city parks while they watch their children play.

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

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

"It's not just water vapor," said Jennifer Lepard, tobacco use and prevention manager with the state Health Department. "What is going back into the air isn't completely clean."

Lepard cautioned the nicotine juice is made in "someone's home lab, not a hospital lab."

"People should use caution. There are other and safer ways to quit smoking," she said.

Elsewhere in the state, Oklahoma State University officials delayed a proposal to ban e-cigarettes on campus last week. An e-cigarette ban already is in place at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma.

___

AP Source: The Oklahoman

 

1
Text Only
National and world
  • Senate Georgia web.jpg Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Tuesday night’s primary runoff win validates Perdue’s campaign as an outsider.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ODD Brooklyn Bridge M_Hass.jpg Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    Video footage of the security breach shows the unidentified people walking on the bridge's footpath at about 3:10 a.m., and 20 minutes later the light on the bridge's Brooklyn tower flickers and goes dark. The same thing happens about 12 minutes later on the Manhattan tower.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Veterans Health_Hass.jpg Obama nominee McDonald pledges to ‘transform’ VA

    Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity, among other issues, during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee over his nomination today.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • Immigration Overload_Hass.jpg 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    "The 2008 law creates a process that made sense when you're talking about a limited number of children, the victims of sex trafficking. It doesn't make sense when you talk about 50,000 unaccompanied minors. The 2008 law wasn't designed to deal with this situation." — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Mideast Israe_Hass.jpg Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport

    A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    The deployment of National Guard troops, which may act in a law enforcement capacity under state authority, will cost Texas an estimated $12 million per month. They simply will be “referring and deterring” immigrants and not detaining people, authorities said.

    July 21, 2014

  • Gay, transgender workers gain U.S. bias protection

    “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” President Obama declared at a White House signing ceremony.

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • Judge won’t lift Fla. Keys gay marriage stay

    Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia rejected a motion to allow immediate weddings filed by attorneys for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a pair of Key West bartenders whose lawsuit successfully challenged the ban.

    July 21, 2014

  • Obama Medal of Honor_Hass.jpg Obama bestows Medal of Honor on N.H. veteran

    Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

    The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows a male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag.

    July 21, 2014

Featured Ads