Hillsboro city council considers e-cig ban in parks

Electronic cigarettes are displayed in a Paris store, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Electronic cigarettes are displayed in a Paris store, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Parks and Recreation Commission in Hillsboro is looking to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, on park property.

The possible ban passed a first reading Tuesday evening before the city council. The recommendation will now go up for a vote in two weeks.

Park leaders warned of the health impact of their usage.

Electronic cigarettes are displayed in a Paris store, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Electronic cigarettes are displayed in a Paris store, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

“While it’s not currently known what the long term impacts are to human health or the secondhand exposure to vapor from e-cigarettes, studies that we have looked at have shown that there is an increased level of toxins,” said Hillsboro Park Program and Support Manager Ken Pipher.

However, not everyone agrees that e-cigarettes are a serious health risk.

“There is no secondhand effect from vapor. There’s no risk to the community for vaping in the park. We have studies upon studies that show that,” said Tomi Deveraux, who is against the ban.

City officials also said allowing e-cigarettes makes enforcement of the current smoking ban more difficult. They say people mistake them for actual cigarettes and assume they can start smoking.

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