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Rehoboth Includes Electronic Cigarette Use in Smoking Ban

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Electronic cigarette use has been banned in certain public outdoor spaces in Rehoboth Beach by the Board of Commissioners.

At a regular meeting held on Friday Jan. 16, the board decided the addition of e-cigarettes to the smoking ban would be effective immediately in all areas where smoking is currently banned including the beach, boardwalk and bandstand area.

Commissioner Stan Mills, who has led the initiative, said the addition of e-cigarettes to the outdoor smoking ordinance comes as a matter of public health concern and to eliminate confusion.

"E-cigarettes do give off aerosol that's breathed or can actually land on your skin and be absorbed," said Mills, referring to research studies upon which he has based his findings.

"The American Nonsmokers Rights organization has a lot of good literature on that and also the American Lung Association of the mid-atlantic has been very helpful," said Mills.

But chiropractor and owner of eFactor Vape in Rehoboth, Dr. Barry Morrison, disagrees with the board's decision.

Dr. Morrison said the ban will hurt those trying to stop smoking, even if the amended ordinance restricts smoking access in certain places around the city.

"Starting this business of eFactor Vape was simply to help with harm reduction," said Dr. Morrison. "And we found that through some research that this was a true legitimate way that patients can kick the cigarette habit."

Morrison spoke of the misconception about the safety of vaping at the commissioner's meeting. He said one of the three main ingredients found in the vaping solution is commonly found in everyday items, even food.

"Propylene glycol is in our ice cream. The FDA has approved it to be in our deodorant. It's in our toothpaste. It's in multitude of many things," said the vape lounge owner.

But despite the doctor's testimony at the meeting, the board erred on the side of caution and approved the addition of e-cigarettes to the smoking ban.

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