Vape-Off: Coralville to Consider E-Cigarette Restrictions

Published: Feb. 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM CST
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The Coralville city council could place tight restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and outside of public entrances.

The council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a proposal that would make the use of e-cigarettes prohibited where smoking is currently prohibited under Iowa's Smokefree Air Act, which bans smoking in all enclosed public places, workplaces and in some outdoor areas.

"In addition, based upon our discussion, no smoking or e-cigarettes may be used within 25 feet of the public entrance to any public place under the state code," Coralville City Attorney Kevin Olson wrote in a memo to the city council late last week.

The move comes as the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, appears to be gaining steam across the country. Johnson County is home to several new "vape shops."

Experts say research into whether or not e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarette use lags behind.