TUPELO – City Council President Mike Bryan has pushed for months to discuss expanding the city’s public smoking ban to include the electronic devices used to deliver nicotine and other chemicals as an alternative to smoking actual cigarettes.
City officials agreed Tuesday to wait longer on making any decision regarding e-cigarettes. The council wants to receive feedback from physicians, health advocates and others prior to voting whether to ban the habit in public.
Limited research exists for the nicotine intake method originating in China, leaving physical and psychological questions unanswered, such as impact to encourage children to smoke. More than 100 cities throughout the country have banned the tobacco alternative.