Kenai City Council bans e-cigarettes in restaurants, bowling alleys, medical facilities


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KENAI, Alaska — The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco.

The Peninsula Clarion reports ( ) the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes.

Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to the code does not ban use in bars or private establishments.

The council brought the ordinance back for reconsideration after it failed at the Aug. 6 meeting. The ordinance was proposed by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

Vice Mayor Ryan Marquis, who was the only person to vote against the ordinance, said he was concerned about government telling a business how they should regulate their shop.

Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion,

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