Electronic Cigarettes, or e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, tar, or any of the harmful chemicals are packaged in traditional cigarettes. But these modern devices deliver nicotine may soon be banned in some parts of Cohasset.
Board of Health will ask voters on May 12 town meeting to change the smoking community charter to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in all places where traditional cigarettes are not allowed. This includes offices, restaurants, sports facilities, bars, train stations and other places where crowds usually gather. “This is a new make of tobacco products”, Cohasset Medical Officer Tara Tradd said electronic cigarettes. If voters approve a new bylaw, Cohasset will be the first city to implement the Southern coast of the ban on electronic cigarettes, according to the nonprofit Massachusetts Municipal Association. Nineteen cities in the country, including Boston, have adopted a ban on electronic cigarettes box in their anti-smoking laws.
In recent years, government officials and Federal Health expressed concern about the unknown effects of electronic cigarettes. Tradd said that scientists have studied the products invented in 2003, is fully sufficient to conclude whether they are harmful. Many critics of electronic cigarettes have also claimed that the device may result in non-smokers, including children, smoking traditional cigarettes. Although nicotine is not electronic cigarettes, many people use the devices to get their nicotine fix without inhaling chemicals from traditional cigarettes. According to the Association of Massachusetts municipalities, 28 cities and towns in the state, including Kingston and Hanover, have adopted new laws restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products. Most of these changes to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
On May 12, City Council, Department of Health will also offer Cohasset on the right changes that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. They also want to prevent the three city stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. Selectmen Cohasset and the Advisory Council unanimously opposed the proposed rule change in health. Selectmen Chairman Ted Carr said the board was divided on the electronic cigarette debate, but he said that members overwhelmingly against the new restrictions on local merchants.
“I just think there are other ways to promote health without sacrificing the economy,” said Carr. Health officials in Weymouth and Braintree said that they are not considered any further restrictions on the sale or use of electronic cigarettes. Gerald Meyer, chairman of the Marshfield’s health, said his committee is not dealt with the issue either, but he said he could understand the rationale for the proposals to Cohasset. While Meyer said that there is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are harmful, he said that they could create a breach, because they look like cigarettes.
“It’s like someone drinking ginger ale from the beer cans,” he said.