Yakima leaders to consider banning e-cigarette smoking in public

Yakima leaders to consider banning e-cigarette smoking in public
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima's ban on tobacco use in public could be expanded to include e-cigarettes.

City attorneys wrote up a plan to prohibit e-cigarettes in areas where smoking is not allowed. That includes schools, stores and restaurants.

An e-cigarette uses a built-in battery and heating element to vaporize a liquid solution, usually containing nicotine. Smoke shop owner, Brandon Matthews, wants the city to back off.

"Until they're regulated by the FDA and the FDA says what's in there and what's harmful and what it's doing to people, then basically the city shouldn't have anything to say about it."

The ordinance is only a draft. A final decision on a ban would have to come from City Council.