PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A 7-0 vote to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places passed in Petal Tuesday night by the Petal Board of Alderman. Mayor Hal Marx plans to veto the board's approval, but he expects the board to override it. The law will take effect in 30 days.
While the Federal Drug Administration is still considering what kind of restrictions for e-cigarettes or "vaping," the city of Petal planned to adopt a smoking ban on their use in public places.
Marx said that he would like to see a compromise and feels like government has a tendency to over-reach into people's lives enough already.
"Obviously, we have to have rules and regulations but I think sometimes we go over-board and these are things that the market could decide if the public is against the use of these devices in restaurants for instance." Marx said. "Then if people start using them there, I think their customers would let the restaurant owner know, I think most those things take care of themselves over time."
Many vapers claimed that e-cigarettes are used as a safe alternative for smokers who want the nicotine without the tar that is associated with regular cigarettes. Some said they are using the electronic cigarettes to help them stop smoking. But that claim is not backed up by the FDA, which approves smoking-cessation devices.
While most people know that smoking tobacco is harmful to their health, many are also suspicious about the use of e-cigarettes, as no long-term research is available on how the vaping smoke affects a person's health.
Then there are other concerns about second-hand smoke from vaping, which some health organizations claim contain trace amounts of nicotine and other harmful chemicals.