Manhattan City Commissioners approved an ordinance on first reading prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and places of employment.It also heard some backlash from local E-cigarette and Vapor businesses including Mig Vapor shop owner Crayton Caswell, of Manhattan Vapors. Caswell expressed his concern that vaping provides an alternative to tobacco use and this ordinance undermines the distinction between the two products.
…City Commissioner Wynn Butler liked the way the ordinance had been re-drafted from the last discussion, saying he would have voted no if they had tried to ban the retail e-cigarette stores, putting people out of business. While he says he doesn’t use the product, he doesn’t see banning it–comparing it to drinking alcohol.
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