City council to vote on proposed e-cig, vaping ban

The Franklin City Council will decide if e-cigarettes and vaping should be allowed inside restaurants and other public places next month.

On Monday, the Franklin city council introduced a proposal that would add e-cigarettes and vaping to the city’s smoking ban. Currently, the ban includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes, meaning people can still smoke an e-cigarette inside restaurants or public buildings.

The council will have a public forum where members of the community can speak in favor or against an amendment to ban e-cigarettes and vaping on Aug. 1 and will also vote on the measure.

Local health leaders have said the city should follow the example of Greenwood and include vaping and e-cigarettes in the citywide smoking ban. Greenwood amended its citywide ban last year to include e-cigarettes and vaping.

Amending Franklin’s smoking ban the same way Greenwood did is in the city’s best interest, city attorney Lynn Gray said.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.