LAKEWOOD, Colo - The Lakewood city council voted unanimously Monday night to prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices in and around public places, becoming the latest Colorado city to enact an e-cig ban.
Durango and Edgewater already have similar bans in place. Commerce City, Ft. Collins and Golden are considering measures.
The Lakewood ban is modeled after the current restrictions on cigarette smoking, including a 25-foot buffer zone around building entrances. It allows people to smoke on outdoor patios.
"I think a business should be able to say, 'I want to allow this in my business, and if you don’t want to be around the vapor don’t come in,'" said Burgess.
However, because the devices emit no odors, it is difficult to tell what people are smoking -- a nicotine-based liquid or hash oil -- making it difficult for police to enforce laws against public pot smoking.