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Rochester City Council adds e-cigarettes to smoking bans

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two weeks ago when the Rochester City Council banned e-cigarettes in the area around the library, now the devices are officially banned in all non-smoking areas in the city.

The amendments ban e-cigarettes in all areas where the city already bans smoking including the medical zone, bus shelters, Peace Plaza and Down by the Riverside.

The council heard testimony tonight from Dr. Richard Hurt from the Nicotine Dependence Center about e-cigarettes.

Initially some council members were skeptical about the ban because of limited research on the product, but the measure eventually passed unanimously.

"I'm going to reluctantly support this tonight because I wish I had more facts and points to be able to base my decision on, but I think in the long run it will be the right thing, and in the big picture it's the right thing," said council member Ed Hruska. "But there is still a lot of gray area in this issue right now."

Under the new ordinance, the definition of smoking now also includes "electronic cigarette, personal vaporizer, electronic nicotine delivery system, or any other lighted tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation."

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