HOQUIAM, Wash. – The city of Hoquiam has passed an ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes in city buildings. City Administrator Brian Shay said before the vote “A good example is we could be sitting here at a council meeting, looking out there and every person could be smoking an e-cigarette. I don’t know that Bill Stewart our judge, would really like to look out in the courtroom during court and see the audience smoking e-cigs.” Shay noted that Grays Harbor county – among others like Pierce and King counties, treat the electronic vaporizers like regular cigarettes, banning their use indoors in public places, adding. “We’re not making judgment on whether or not they’re legal, or their health risks, it’s whether or not we want those being smoke in city buildings like city hall.”
Councilman Ben Winklman said the city might be rushing to regulate a non-issue, he was joined by councils Amy Dickoff and Greg Grund in voting no. The ordinance passed and bans the use of e-cigarettes, electronic inhalers, or vaporizers in city buildings or facilities.