e-Cigarette merchants and users can breathy easy in the posh neighborhoods of Beverly Hills for the moment. The city council decided not to go through with its insane plan to criminalize selling e-cigarettes complete with jail time. After a huge outpouring of support for e-cigarettes, the council decided to further study the issue.
BH City Council Denies Ban on E-CigarettesThe Beverly Hills City Council heard dozens of comments Tuesday from people who say they have kicked smoking and use e-cigarettes in their place without the negative health issues associated with smoking cigarettes.
The Council faced a packed audience, filled with opponents of a proposed ban on e-cigarettes that would have banned the sale and consumption within the City limits. Only one person spoke on behalf of the ban.
The proposed ban would have given merchants two weeks to sell their inventories. A sister ordinance would have limited “smoking” e-cigs to private areas, much like regular cigarettes.
“I can’t see banning e-cigarettes and not cigarettes,” said Mayor John Mirisch.
Rumor has it that it was more than dozens of comments. According to the CASAA Facebook group, there may have been thousands of e-mails as well as some companies like NJoy bringing in people to speak before the council. The stakes for this one were high after all. Local government is a very monkey-see, monkey-do operation. If one city decides the hoosegow for e-cigarette vendors, surely others could follow.