Frisco Council to discuss possible ban on e-cigarettes

Frisco City Council members on Tuesday night will discuss and possibly act on an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited.

In addition, the proposed ordinance would prohibit the "possession, purchase, consumption or receipt of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and/or liquid nicotine by minors"—a ban council members at an earlier meeting expressed support for.

The ordinance would make an exemption to the ban for use in a retail electronic cigarette store, although city staff members will present two different options for the exemption.

One option would require an electronic cigarette store to have an enclosed, separately ventilated room to allow customers to sample products and allow instruction on the use of products. The second option has no ventilation requirement.

Council members can choose not to act at all, to act on only the portion of the ordinance pertaining to minors, to choose one of the two options for banning e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited, or make any changes to the ordinance as written.

The council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the council chambers in the Municipal Center with council members in closed session. The council generally convenes into open session around 6:30 or 7 p.m. Public input takes place about 7:30 p.m.

The council will also discuss proposed amendments to the city charter and whether to call for a special election in May. The council can choose to adopt the changes as proposed by the Charter Review Commission, adopt some some of the proposed changes or make changes to the proposed amendments. Council members can also choose not to call for a special election.