Frisco City Council discusses sale, use of e-cigarettes

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Electronic cigarettes are legal to sell to a person of any age, and can be smoked anywhere in Frisco, but that could change in the future.

Frisco City Council members on Dec. 7 opened discussion on the issue, brought to them by the Frisco Police Department.

Currently, no state or federal laws regulate the sale or use of e-cigs.

The council heard from several people who work at or manage stores that sell e-cigarettes and discussed the issues of allowing the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as well as banning the smoking of e-cigarettes in public places and businesses.

The council consensus: Begin work to ban the selling of e-cigs to minors, but much more research into the potential harm of their usage on the public needs to be done before more decisions are made.

“I don’t have any desire from stopping anybody from using e-cigarettes,” said councilman Scott Johnson. “But it shouldn’t be acceptable for somebody in the Frisco Square theater watching Frozen to have to be surrounded by vapor.”

Several councilmen talked about personal experiences with their children around people smoking e-cigarettes. While it may or may not be a health issue, council members said they have no desire to see any type of cigarettes become popular again.

“Even if it’s safe, the culture of smoking has changed,” Keating said. “It’s not something I want to have to back toward.”

Keating said he would lean towards banning e-cigs where tobacco cigarettes are banned, but is inclined to take “baby steps” at first, and ban the sale to minors first, while allowing use in stores and allowing businesses to make their own regulations.

Councilman Will Sowell said banning the sale of e-cigs to minors is something the council has responsibility to do.

“E-cigs attract minors and provide a coolness factor that cigarettes don’t,” he said.

The council directed police department officials to move forward with the issue by bringing back more information.

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Krista Wadsworth is the managing editor for Community Impact Newspaper’s DFW editions. After serving as a reporter and then managing editor for a daily newspaper in Northeast Texas, she moved to the DFW area and joined CI as an editor for the Frisco edition, which she helped to launch. Krista was named the DFW managing editor in 2015 and oversees the editorial content for the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine|Colleyville|Southlake and Lewisville|Flower Mound|Highland Village editions.
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