Fayette Health Board Calls for Regulation of E-cigarettes in Lexington Smoking Ban

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LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER | KARLA WARD | SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health voted Monday night to recommend that the Urban County Council amend the city’s smoking ordinance to include regulation of electronic cigarettes.

The vote was 9-0, said Kevin Hall, spokesman for the health department.

Urban County Councilman Chris Ford, the council’s representative on the health board, tweeted from the meeting, saying he supported the health department’s position on e-cigarettes and was looking forward to reviewing the ordinance with the rest of the council.

Ellen Hahn, director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy at the University of Kentucky, who made a presentation to the board, has said it’s a “best practice” to include e-cigarettes in smoke-free laws because they are a tobacco product and pollute the air. E-cigarettes were not available in the United States when Lexington passed its smoking ban in 2003.