Tooele looks to restrict electronic cigarettes

Aug 7 2013 - 12:14pm


Electronic cigarette resembling a tobacco cigarette.
Electronic cigarette resembling a tobacco cigarette.

TOOELE -- City officials are looking at imposing a possible ban on electronic cigarettes in public places.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports officials are concerned that nicotine vapor could be toxic.

The battery-powered devices heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that users inhale. Their popularity has spiked in recent years, and some smokers say it helps them quit altogether.

A push to tax e-cigarettes like tobacco failed to pass the Utah Legislature in the last session.

The Food and Drug Administration's current stance is that health impact of electronic cigarettes is unknown because it has not been properly studied. There is speculation that the agency will take over regulatory authority of the devices this year.


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