EDIT: I now see that this news was already posted and there have been no comments as yet. I guess it's sorta like a tree falling in the forest: If it happens in Kansas nobody notices or cares. I feel deflated, discouraged, demoralized and distraught. We're seriously outgunned and outnumbered. The ANTZ and their useful idiots are winning. Vaping and vapers are to be treated just like smoking and smokers.
The precautionary principle runs amok, once again. But why did they fail to consider the risks of second-hand exposure to elephants? After all, that hasn't been fully researched.
Overland Park, KS, is a suburb of Kansas City, with a population approaching 200,000. It's rather conservative. I live in KC and had no idea this had been proposed. CASAA: no alert, eh? I wonder if anyone even spoke out against this.
Seriously: hotel rooms?? How can they enforce that? I have no particular need to patronize bars and restaurants in Overland Park so they've lost my business. I fear that KC, MO may be next.
"Electronic cigarettes have been added to Overland Park’s smoking ban.
At its meeting Monday evening, the city council voted to amend its smoking ordinance to include the personal vaporizers. The ordinance, which was originally passed nearly a decade ago, prohibits indoor smoking in places such as bars, restaurants and hotel rooms.
Not all council members were keen on the change, however.
Councilman Paul Lyons was the only one who voted against the amendment. He said changing the ordinance seemed premature since the health risks associated with second-hand exposure to e-cigarettes are currently unknown.
An elephant was featured in a Hindu ceremony in Florida last year. The Overland Park city council approved a permit for an elephant to be featured in a wedding at the Overland Park Marriott next month. | Bruce Lipsky/AP
“This impacts an individual’s rights and we shouldn’t take away that right until we have evidence that this is a public health issue that affects everyone around them,” he said.
Councilmen Terry Goodman and Richard Collins disagreed.
“While research is not one hundred percent conclusive, it does raise some doubts in my mind, so I think we should err on the side of caution,” Collins said, referring to the risks of second-hand exposure.
Goodman told the council he thought it was better to be safe than sorry until more research was conducted.
“If five years from now, they find these devices are totally harmless, we can deregulate them,” he said.
He also pointed out that several cities, as well as countries, already have included e-cigarettes in their smoking bans."
Overland Park adds e-cigs to smoking ban, approves elephant for wedding | The Kansas City Star
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