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La Mesa to Consider E-Cigarette Ban Tuesday

NJOY e-cigarette. Photo credit: Lindsay Fox. http://goo.gl/MSEjqp
NJOY e-cigarette. Photo credit: Lindsay Fox. http://goo.gl/MSEjqp
Sales of e-cigarettes would be banned under a proposal by La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid that goes before the city council Tuesday night.

“We are now faced with the rampant growth and use of e-cigarettes,” Madrid wrote in an introduction to a report for the Jan. 28 council session. “The same initial claims made by the tobacco industry as being `harmless’ are now being made by this industry.”

E-cigarettes are battery-powered, largely unregulated devices that simulate tobacco smoking without the tobacco, but they nonetheless deliver nicotine and other additives via aerosol to the smoker. Benefits and risks are uncertain, and attempts to regulate their use has sparked controversy.

The North County cities of Carlsbad and Vista last year banned e-cigarettes from indoor restaurants and other public places, but no local city has banned sales of the increasingly popular vice.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the percentage of middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes more than doubled to 10 percent from 2011 to 2012. Altogether, more than 1.78 million middle and high school students had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

“The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling, CDC Director Tom Frieden said when the study was released in September. “Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes.”

The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Kevin George January 28, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, I purposely avoided including alcohol in my list of harmful legal products to avoid any reference to the mayors very unfortunate past transgression. The mayor should be free to tell everyone how to correctly conduct their lives even though he has demonstrated that he is not capable of conducting his own. Thank you.
yessir January 28, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Why not get rid of tobacco cigs while your at it?
Craig Maxwell January 29, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Better yet, why not ban the noxious verbal pollution spewed by Art's ugly pie-hole?
Veronika January 30, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Oh look more dumb stuff by politicians and CDC. Seriously there are far more serious problems than this. May I point out that alcohol and driving under the influence cause a lot of problems on the road and even though it's illegal for underage people to do this; it doesn't stop teens from doing it. You cannot legislate out stupid. Leave the ecigs alone. And no I do not smoke, but it is my choice whether I do or not.
Robert Coleman January 30, 2014 at 01:56 AM
Sex can cause heart attacks. Ban sex... after Big Gulps, of course. I also have a knife in my kitchen that I once cut my pinkie finger with while chopping an onion. Ban knives! And the onion made my eyes water... ban onions! Help!!! Save me from ME!!!

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