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Businesses Decide Whether or Not to Allow E-Cig Use In Facilities

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Businesses can decided if they will allow electronic cigarettes to be used inside their facilities. Businesses can decided if they will allow electronic cigarettes to be used inside their facilities.
KENNEWICK, WA- Individual businesses can decide if they will allow people to use the electronic cigarettes inside of their facilities.

The electronic cigarette is still considered a new product in the market.

The Toyota Center is one of the businesses that are treating e-cigs like regular cigarettes and not allowing their use inside the facility, which includes hockey games, concerts, and any other events.

There is currently no law banning where they can be used, making it completely up to individual businesses to make that decision.

The Toyota Center said it is easier to have the same regulations for e-cigs as they do for cigarettes because it makes it less confusing for the staff to identify when someone is violating the smoking policy.

“Whether it's a hockey game, a concert, or a football game, when you see a puff of smoke, we treat it the same way,” said Three Rivers Campus Executive Director Corey Pearson.

E-cig users had mixed feelings.  Some want to be able to smoke the devices anywhere, but others think regulations are a good thing.

“They should still be around the same lines.  It's still nicotine,  You have to be 18 to get it,” said e-cig user Josh Colean.

Colean said he does not have a problem having to smoke in the smokers' section even if he does have an e-cig because he knows they are still new.  The Benton-Franklin Health District agreed.

“I think as more science better understands what the products are, I do think more regulations might come around to make sure the public stays safe as it possibly can,” said Susan Shelton, Benton-Franklin Health District Environmental Health Specialist

Shelton said there is not enough research done to prove they are a harm to the public and what effects they may have. 

That is why places like the Toyota Center have stayed on the cautious side of the issue.

“Until the full effects are understood, I think it is the right way to enforce it the way we are now,” said Pearson.
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