Should the use of electronic smoking devices be banned in public spaces? (Ben Livingston, The Cannabist)

POLL: Should the use of electronic smoking devices be banned in public?

Some Colorado communities are talking about banning electronic smoking devices — e-cigs and vape pens alike — in public.

The city of Lakewood passed such a ban on July 14 — with its city council voting unanimously for the ban.

Some argued for the ban: “The marijuana industry is promoting these devices to hide marijuana,” Bob Doyle, executive director for the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, told Lakewood’s city council.

Marijuana consumption in public — via smoke, vape or edibles — is illegal in Colorado.

Others argued against the ban, though they were in the minority at this week’s meeting: “We already have laws that dictate where we can smoke marijuana,” said Tim Burgess, who sells e-cigs at his store on Colfax Avenue. “We don’t need more rules. We need more studies.”

As the conversation continues in other communities in Colorado and beyond, what do you think about these kinds of bans?

POLL: Should use of electronic smoking devices be banned in public?

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