BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dr. Scott Warner wants to set the record straight.
“I’m not against electronic cigarettes, I just want them regulated correctly,” Dr. Scott Warner.
He thinks vaping should be added to the clean air ordinance for three reasons. First, because it’s harmful for non-smokers.
“There are benzenes, there are sometimes heavy metals, nickel, and others that are emitted by that,” says Warner.
Not to mention, it can cause asthma attacks for those sensitive to the vapors. Second, he says it’s a gateway to smoking for children and teenagers who will move on to real nicotine products. And third, he says they’re a fire hazard.
“There’s been multiple fires reported because of the electronic devices and the battery can actually catch fire spontaneously.”
The ordinance as it stands now bans smoking inside public buildings and vehicles. Councilman Johnny Cook agrees with Warner, saying it’s a major distraction in public places.
“You know adults have the choice whether to do it or not, but little children don’t,” says Cook.
Cook himself was a casual smoker several years ago. But believes those who currently vape or smoke in the city will understand.
“There’s going to be some that disagree with it, but in whole, it’s just like the smoking ordinance, people will comply. We have a good makeup in our citizens,” says Cook.
City council is expected to discuss the amendment at their next meeting October 22nd. If discussion goes well, they will vote on the matter that night.