Council gives preliminary OK to e-cig ban in buildings

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — Members of City Council took the first step toward banning the use of electronic smoking devices inside city buildings during the Aug. 4 council meeting.

On first reading, council members approved Ordinance 2015, which amends Chapter 12 of the city’s revised municipal code to include electronic smoking devices as part of the prohibited means of smoking inside city buildings.

If approved on second reading during a council meeting later this month, the ban on electronic smoking devices in city buildings would take effect Sept. 1.

In a presentation to council on the ordinance, city staff outlined that while electronic smoking devices don’t give off the same kind of secondhand smoke as traditional cigarettes, they still contain nicotine. Staff also noted that there’s no way to determine if electronic vaporizers actually contain nicotine or if they’ve been loaded with marijuana.

The ordinance also would add signage to all city building entries, indicating that electronic vaporizers are prohibited.