Beaver Dam operations committee to consider vape ban in certain areas

August 4, 2018

The Beaver Dam Common Council’s operations committee will consider a change to city code that would prohibit the use of electronic nicotine systems in designated areas.

Under the change, use of “electronic nicotine delivery systems” would be barred in all the same places lighted cigarettes and cigars are currently banned. It would also add language that would mean electronic devices could not be used in bars and restaurants.

The operations committee will decide whether to recommend the changes to the full council for a final vote, which would come at a later time.

“Electronic nicotine delivery systems” includes e-cigs, personal vaporizers, vapes, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookah, hookah pens or any other vaping devices that produce an personalized mixture with flavored liquid and nicotine that a user inhales.

Wisconsin state law already bans lighted smoking inside workplaces, but has no such rule in place for e-cigs and vapes. However, local governments can implement stricter rules if they so choose.

Madison, Dane County and Jefferson County currently prohibit vape usage in all enclosed workplaces. Juneau bans vaping inside government buildings.

The operations committee will take a look at the proposed revisions at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall, 205 S. Lincoln Ave.

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