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E-cigarettes debate gets heated in Orange Park, no decision reached

10:42 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A heated debate took place outside of the Orange Park Town Council Meeting Tuesday as the fight over electronic cigarettes continues.

The town council was expected to vote this evening on an ordinance that would ban e-cigs from being sold to minors and only allow them to be smoked where smoking regular cigarettes is allowed.

But the council decided to amend the ordinance so that users of e-cigs would not be subject to fines greater than if they were caught smoking a regular cigarette.

"That's certainly a step in the right direction, but our argument is that vapors should not be subject to the fines and that should be at the discretion of the business owner," said Benjamin Hughlett, President of New Leaf Vapor. 

The council has not yet set a date on when it will discuss the amended ordinance.

"If you think it was crowded tonight wait until the next time," said Dr. Barry Hummel, Tobacco-Free partnership of Clay County. 

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