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Milwaukee bans e-cigarettes on city property and places where smoking is banned

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Common Council has unanimously passed a resolution that prohibits use of e-cigarettes on City property and in public places where state law currently bans smoking.

The Council has also increased fines for those who sell tobacco to minors. It increased the fine for retailers selling single cigarettes, known as “loosies” to $691. The fine for selling single cigarettes had been $181 for a first offense and $321 for second and subsequent offenses.

At the end of May the Council prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, aligning local ordinance with current state statute. “With youth e-cigarette usage nearly doubling from 2014 to 2016, this forward thinking action by the Milwaukee Common Council will help send a message to our youth that no matter what flavor they come in, e-cigarettes are both addictive for the user and harmful to those breathing in the secondhand aerosol,” said Anneke Mohr, Community Advocates - City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance coordinator.

The latest legislation prohibits the use of e-cigarettes on City property and in places where state law currently bans smoking.

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