E-cigarettes banned in New Hanover County buildings; vehicles

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Submitted: Fri, 12/13/2013 - 3:35am
Updated: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 6:39pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC, (WWAY) — Electronic cigarettes are banned from all New Hanover County facilities by an amended ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners.

Under the amended ordinance, e-cigarette use is no longer allowed in all vehicles and buildings owned, occupied, or leased to New Hanover County where smoking or use of tobacco products is prohibited. Use of the product will also be prohibited within 50 feet of any public entrance to County facilities.

Violators of the e-cigarette prohibition face a civil fine of $100 per offense.

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13 Comments on "E-cigarettes banned in New Hanover County buildings; vehicles"

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

Chris Coudriet runs the county, not the commissioners. He’ll change the rules, remember? He has all the power, not them!

2015 years 8 months ago

Bravo, there should be absolutely no smoking in any public place or vehicle that is the property of the taxpayers, and to go one step further, no type of smoking should be allowed within 50′ of any business where it is prohibited, nothing worse than having to walk thru a wall of smoke to get into a restaurant or sit in a building and every time the door is opened for the smoke to be pulled into the inside with you.

2015 years 8 months ago

As much as I hate cigarette smoke, I don’t agree with government prohibiting lawful behavior in a private business.

Robert Kent
2015 years 8 months ago

No, no it is not smoke. Ecigs produce vapor that is no more harmful than a fog machine’s fog/vapor because their base ingredients are the same. People are going to smoke regardless of the consequences or harmful effects. You can ask anyone that smokes tobacco cigarettes if they know how bad it is for them and they will tell you yes but won’t put them down even though they know its killing them. You can argue all day long its because of the nicotine its because of the nicotine but when It comes down to it, they are just as addicted to that oral fixation of holding a tobacco cigarette and smoking it as they are to the nicotine. Thats what ecigs provide, something to satisfy the bodies nicotine addiction and their urge to smoke something. Being against ecigs is like being for cancer and illness. I’d like to extend an invitation or better yet a “game” where you go up to someone you see smoking tobacco cigarettes and tell them you sincerely hope they get cancer. Don’t have the guts? Why not? You don’t seem to have a problem hiding your name and boasting on the internet how you feel about the number ONE method to quiting tobacco cigarettes. If this is a child’s game, then let it be Candyland. Ill be King Kandy helping people quit smoking and handing out candy flavored e-liquid and you can be Lord Licorice, an evil villain trying to stop people in their tracks discouraging them to quit smoking.  Check mate.

2015 years 8 months ago

YES! I cannot believe the advertising blitz promoting these ‘wonderful’ good smelling things that people smoking them…yes, it is smoke and not a candy cig boys and girls, hold them with such pride in public places. If it’s not smoking, why are you playing a child’s game?

holly moore
2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe they should make it a law that they cant get anymore kick backs or make deals under the table for trips . or maybe pay there low end workers a fair wage .

2015 years 8 months ago

Anyone with common sense can figure out what this idiot did. Went to put eye drops in his eyes and picked up the wrong bottle.

2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe you should try commenting on the right story.

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

Only if you show them to the Yuppies wanting everything their way…Just Because.
Just don’t chew the Patches…their popped bubbles give off nicotine, and you definitely don’t want someone next to you spitting out their double shot of Vodka before driving home…do you? But let’s not go there huh?

2015 years 8 months ago

They will be banning nicotine patches and gum next.

2015 years 8 months ago

if you try to fine me $100 for using my e-cig you will have to cut my wrist to get the cash, the government should die passing rules like this! eat it politicians!

Ralph Alvarez
2015 years 8 months ago

it is a very sad day for New Hanover County. it’s too bad our lawmakers are too ignorant to see that Electronic Cigarettes save lives. they are 99% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and yes there are studies to prove this. New Hanover County i am disappointed in you. The health Benefits of using electronic cigarettes, would save you a lot of money. E-cigs should not be included in any smoking bans, there is NO smoke!