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Mt. Pleasant proposes banning e-cigarettes in some areas

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There has been a proposed ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in Mount Pleasant. The proposal seeks to make it illegal in Mount Pleasant to "vape" in any place where smoking is prohibited by law.

The Mayor and Town Council members are set to consider the proposal at an upcoming council meeting.

According to the proposal, the call for the ban is because “the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices has increased significantly in recent years.”

Per the proposed ordinance, an electronic smoking device is described as the following:

An electronic and/or battery operated device, the use of which may resemble smoking, which can be used to deliver an inhaled dose of nicotine or other substances, and includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette , an electronic cigar, an electronic cigarillo, an electronic pipe, an electronic hookah, or any other produce name or descriptor; however, it does not include any product specifically approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration for the use of the mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

Smoking is defined as:

The inhaling, exhaling, burning, lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar device or any other lighted tobacco product. Smoking also includes the use of any electronic smoking device or the use of any oral smoking device that generates smoke or which creates vapor, in any manner or in any form.
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