Hoquiam bans electronic cigarettes in city buildings

Electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in buildings owned by the City of Hoquiam, thanks to an ordinance passed by the Hoquiam City Council Monday night.

The ordinance bans the use of e-cigarettes, electronic inhalers and electronic vaporizers in all city buildings and facilities. Those who violate the ordinance will be fined $150.

Councilman Ben Winkelman spoke out against the ordinance, arguing that the city didn’t have proof that electronic cigarettes are really harmful.

“It may be dangerous to carry a feather in your hat, are we going to restrict that?” Winkelman said.

City Administrator Brian Shay argued that safety wasn’t necessarily the point of the ordinance.

“We’re not making a judgment on whether they’re legal or safe,” Shay said. “We’re just judging whether we want them in city buildings.”


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