Santa Maria Moves To Ban E-Cigarettes


By KMVT News

Santa Maria, California (CNN) Cities in California are moving to ban e-cigarettes.

The Santa Maria City Council voted unanimously to include e-cigarette use in the definition of "smoking," meaning no electronic cigarette smoking inside or within 20 feet of any public building.

The vote came the same day Los Angeles voted to ban e-cigarettes in some areas of the city.

The campaign started last month when a Santa Maria librarian, Mary Housel, noticed a visitor smoking an e-cigarette.

"It wouldn't be a good thing to have an e-smoker or a smoker next to a child," she says.

The vote will go to a second reading on March 18th.

If it passes, the ban goes into effect April 17th.

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