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Missoula city council continues e-cigarette discussions

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MISSOULA - The Missoula City Council sent recommendations to make changes to the city’s smoking ordinance back to committee on Monday evening after discussion was brought before the council by county health advocates and members of the vaping community.

Members of the Missoula City-County Health Department are recommending that the city council adopt an ordinance that adds e-cigarettes to the list of products that cannot be used in public spaces.It would also further restrict indoor use.

Health department staff said tobacco use is becoming normalized because of vaping, and more people are being exposed.

"Another substance that these kids are being exposed too, that's hard on a developing brain, and basically there is a whole new generation that is addicted to this product," said Tobacco Free Missoula County Coordinator Kaila Warren.

They say these changes are in accordance with state law that they say is more strict than the city's current law.

Staff from the Ecig Vapor Juice Store in Missoula and e-cigarette supporters brought some of their own research to disperse to council members, saying that vaping is a healthier alternative to cigarettes.

"A brighter, longer, and healthier future has been granted to my friends, my family, my loved ones, and myself because of vaping. Myself, along with everybody else, as part of the Ecig Vapor Juice Store family want to share that vision with our fellow Montanans, and as many people as we possibly can, “ said Brandon Gregory, a staff member at the store.

The possible restrictions will be discussed again next week.

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