E-cigarettes are now banned in the same locations where smoking is prohibited in the city of Milwaukee, after the common council unanimously passed a measure to do so on Wednesday.
The measure bans the use of e-cigs on city property and in places where state law currently bans smoking, such as bars and restaurants.
“Next month we celebrate the 8th anniversary of Wisconsin’s smoke free law in public places,” said Alderman Cavalier Johnson in a statement, who co-sponsored the proposal. “As new products have since emerged we can better address them through this resolution and align our policy with state law.”
The resolution was part of a three-part effort aimed at public health and tobacco use. It also included a measure to increase fines for those who sell tobacco to minors and another item to prohibit the sale of e-cigs to minors.
Alderman Michael J. Murphy said in a statement, “This package is a major step forward in protecting the health of all Milwaukeeans and reducing the impact of tobacco and nicotine on youth.”