The Laramie City Council is discussing whether or not it wants to regulate e-cigarettes. They have held one informational meeting so far, and are expected to decide in the coming weeks whether or not to add vaporizing and electronic cigarettes to the citywide public smoking ban or to develop a separate ordinance.
The city regulates where smoking can occur. Councilwoman Vicky Henry says that the council is trying to decide if it wants to regulate electronic cigarettes and how to go about it. E-cigarettes and vaporizers produce a liquid vapor, rather than smoke.
A survey of registered voters in Casper has found that the majority do not want the city council to overturn the city’s smoking ban.
When the Casper City Council began to discuss overturning the law, the American Cancer Society Action Network and the American Heart Association hired a firm to survey Casper residents about the efforts. More than 600 Casper voters supported the smoking ban.
Jason Mincer of the Cancer society says the law is popular, with 62-percent of public support.
Next month the Casper City Council will vote to remove or change the city’s smoking ban. At the very least, councilors are considering exempting bars, health care facilities, and private clubs from the ban.
The smoking ban was implanted last summer.
Anna Edwards of the group Smokefree Natrona County says her group will fight to keep the ban in place. She says they are trying to protect the health of a lot of people, including employees.
The majority of Casper’s City Council has said it favors tweaking or repealing the city’s five-month old smoking ban despite a failed referendum aimed at overturning it, following claims from some businesses that they’ve lost revenue. Only two council members are in favor of keeping the ban as is, including the mayor. Four council members who previously supported the ban are no longer in office.
Smokefree Natrona County advocate Anna Edwards says that a temporary decrease in revenue following a ban is normal, and is to be expected.