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Curry County may ban e-cigarettes

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CLOVIS – Electronic cigarettes would be banned from all buildings within Curry County’s legal jurisdiction under an ordinance being considered by commissioners.

The proposal drew mixed reaction Tuesday from the group, including Commissioner Tim Ashley, who wondered if a ban on e-cigarettes was necessary.

The county, as the city of Clovis, already has an ordinance in effect that bans smoking tobacco products in buildings and other enclosed areas.

Commissioner Wendell Bostwick said it was his understanding e-cigarettes emit water vapor and not smoke like tobacco. Bostwick said he thought there might be a small amount of nicotine in the vapor, prompting Ashley to wonder aloud if the county was heading toward next banning nicotine patches.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the ordinance mirrors others recently adopted by cities and counties in the state.

The ordinance, up for adoption at the Commission’s Nov. 5 meeting, carries a maximum $500 fine.

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