Several local vape shop owners showed up to speak on behalf of the exemption
The city has imposed a workplace vaping ban, but will exempt vape shops from the ordinance.
The original resolution, introduced by Alderwoman Cathy Spears, proposed extending the existing ordinance on smoke-free workplaces to include E-cigarette smoking — better known as vaping. The council voted unanimously on Wednesday to move it forward with the exemption of vape shops.
Alderman Vered Meltzer’s amendment made an exception for places that require customer ID’s and don’t allow anyone under 18 inside the store. The amendment allows sampling of exclusively noncombustible products. The amendment passed 12-2 with Alderman Ed Baranowski and Spears voting against it. The ban itself passed 14-0.
In December, Little Chute passed a smoking ban — which includes vaping — that prohibits people from smoking in public places and any place of employment. On Tuesday, Grand Chute expanded its smoking ban to include vaping in public places like bars and restaurants. Kimberly is also in the midst of discussions to propose a similar public smoking ban.
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