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City of Ames Condsiders E-Cigarette Public Ban

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AMES, Iowa -- The City of Ames is being asked to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces in the city where traditional smoking is now banned.

The request is on the council agenda for the December 8th Council meeting.

A couple of groups have written to ask the city to make this change. One request comes from the Iowa State University Health Promotion Club. The group surveyed over 600 students on campus, students overwhelmingly said they did not approve of e-cigarettes in public.

In a letter to the City Council, Spencer Thomas Cain, President of the ISU Health Promotion Club, and Darien Woods, Vice President of the ISU Health Promotion Club laid out their concern.

“While electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they do contain varying levels of nicotine, the use of vaping devices no matter the contents have no place in public spaces,” according to the letter.

“We have people come here from 18-80, literally,” said Larry Beers of Vape On E-Cig Shop in Ames. "I’ve had a lot of people tell me they feel a lot better since they’ve got away from cigarettes because of the tar and other chemicals in there, that isn’t in the e-juice we use for vaping and I’ve just seen a lot of positive.”

One new user of e-cigarettes in Ames said he thinks the public ban of vapor would be a good thing.

“I’m around smoking less, it makes me want to smoke less,” said Keaton Green of Ames “This is just a back up plan,” said Green who is trying to quit smoking.

The Council has scheduled the issue on the December 8th meeting agenda.

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