On Tuesday, the Hillsboro City Council voted 5-1 to ban e-cigarettes in city parks. This follows a unanimous vote in 2009 to ban all tobacco products on park property. Though the effects of e-cigarettes are unclear, the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Commission is concerned about toxins in e-cigarette vapor, and about the possibility the devices could be confused for traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette advocates argue there is some evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking.
According to city charter rules, the council will have to vote again on the ordinance on July 1 before it can go into effect.
Do you think e-cigarettes should be banned in city parks?
- Aron Carleson: Hillsboro City Council president