Marathon County considers e-cigarette regulation

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It's been five years since the smoking ban went into effect in Wisconsin, now individual counties are considering bans electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes do not create smoke, but do emit doses of vaporized nicotine when inhaled.

County health leaders said factors like no regulation from the FDA are a concern for public health.

The Health and Human Services Committee agreed on a resolution Thursday supporting communities in Marathon County banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Currently, there is a ban on e-cigarettes in Marathon County buildings like courthouses. However, its up to the individual community to place a ban. If the municipality bans e-cigarettes, vaping would not be allowed in public places like restaurants and bars.

At Thursday's meeting, Destinee Coenen, the Coalition Coordinator for the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, spoke about different negative effects of e-cigs like targeting youth.

"Tobacco companies are always looking for a new market and trying to attract new users and what is more appealing to youth than candy like products," explained Coenen.

The final decision on the resolution will be made by the Marathon County Committee on Oct. 20.

Wisconsin has had a statewide cigarette smoking ban since July 2010.