MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison City Council unanimously voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all city-owned buildings Monday.
The move comes as the smoking alternative’s popularity continues to grow.
The Center for Disease Control reports that e-cigarette use has nearly doubled in the last year.
“That’s the latest and greatest,” said council member Ronica Ondocsin, “lots of people are using them and nationwide, most businesses are treating them like regular cigarettes and that’s the policy that we’re adopting.”
The council reviewed policies in various municipalities nationwide before making the change in Madison.
The Federal Drug Administration does not currently regulate e-cigarettes, though it has proposed rule changes to oversee the production and sale of e-cigs.
Until more is known about the effects of e-cigs, Madison officials will err on the side of caution.
“It may take ten, fifteen years before we have enough data to say whether they’re safe or they’re not, but I think from our perspective, we want to take care of our citizens and our employees,” said Mayor Troy Trulock.
The ban on e-cigarettes in City of Madison buildings and facilities goes into effect immediately.