Vaping controversy still hazy – The Reflector online

The Board of Aldermen listened to the public last week about amending the current smoking ordinance to include an indoor smoking exemption benefiting vape shops.

The BOA first voted to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking products in the ordinance on Oct. 3. However, since smoking products are not allowed to be used inside many places, such as retail shops, it limits vape shops’ ability to let customers test products inside the store and learn how to use e-cigarettes.

The BOA hosted the first of two public hearings on the issue, and several citizens spoke at the podium.

First was Allison Tiffin, a Starkville resident who spoke on behalf of the American Cancer Society, and opposed the amendment. She said the city made great strides in choosing to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking products.

“With the passage of the original smoke-free ordinance, Starkville set the health and wellness bar high for all other Mississippi towns—that includes Tupelo, Oxford and even beyond the state,” Tiffin said. “As a Healthy Hometown winner, Starkville would not be leading

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