MARTINEZ (KCBS)— Contra Costa County Supervisors took steps Tuesday in Martinez to short-circuit the use of electronic cigarettes, commonly called e-cigarettes.
Supervisors voted to amend the county’s Secondhand Smoke Protections Ordinance. As a result, the battery-operated devices, which emit nicotine vapors, will no longer be permitted in places where smoking is prohibited within the county.
E-cigarettes come in a variety of flavors. Mary Jackadine of the Tobacco Prevention Coalition agrees with critics who have said they’re marketed toward the youth. They deliver nicotine in the form of a vapor which is inhaled by the user.