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Rehoboth Commissioners Discuss Adding E-Cigs to Ban

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- At Monday's Rehoboth Beach Commissioners meeting, the commissioners discussed the success of the newly implemented smoking ban, as well as possibly including e-cigarettes to the ban.

Commissioner Stan Mills led the ban.

"On a personal basis, I do feel the expanded cigarette ban is a success," he explained. "By way of looking at the reduction of the litter along the boardwalk especially and on the beach and by the amount of compliance."

Steve Curson is a Rehoboth Beach resident who started the petition that brought the ban to the commissioners attention in the first place. He said he agrees that the ban, which started this May, was overall a success

"I think we had a great year," he said. "It was a little bit of a challenge at first because every week we had new people coming down that didn't know the law or didn't know the rules but in the end they did and overall I think it was a great success for the city."

After seeing successful compliance with the regular smoking ban, the commissioners are now looking at adding e-cigarettes to that ban. This was preliminarily discussed at the meeting.

"Seeing people smoke e-cigarettes within the banned areas, does that send the wrong message?" Mills said. "And confuse smokers, other smokers, people in our law enforcement group."

E-cigarette retailers, like at Efactor Vape on Route 1, said banning their product could hurt summer business. They also said it is not fair to punish those who use e-cigarettes, since they are using a better alternative to smoking.

Curson said he isn't sold on this idea either.

"The big complaints we had about the cigarettes don't really apply to the e-cigarettes as far as the smoke and the smell and everything else that goes along with it," he explained.

The commissioners decided to have Mills draft an ordinance to add e-cigarettes to the current ban and it will come up in future discussions. Mills did say, however, that Mayor Sam Cooper was not on board.

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