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Louisville could expand smoking ban to e-cigs and hookah

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Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a researcher with the University of Louisville and the American Heart Association. Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a researcher with the University of Louisville and the American Heart Association.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- City leaders are considering a proposal that would add electronic cigarettes and hookah to Louisville’s existing smoke-free ordinance.

Experts and community members came together Wednesday to discuss the new proposal at a forum hosted by Metro Public Health.

The existing rules, approved in 2008, prohibit smoking inside public places and worksites. 

Doctors attending the meeting say they have concerns about the health effects of these device and secondhand smoke.

“We think that they are not harmless, and so therefore we have to be cautious about how we approach them,” said Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a researcher with the University of Louisville and the American Heart Association.  

The Kentucky Smoke Free Association, an e-cigarette industry group, says the devices are safer than cigarettes and additional regulations are not needed.

“The industry really believes in the childproof caps, age restrictions. We don’t want minors using these products, and many of the retailers that are part of the association were proactive even before the state was requiring it,” said Greg Troutman, an attorney for the organization.

You can submit your comments on the proposal to the city by Oct. 28 by clicking here.

Thirteen communities in Kentucky already have similar laws.

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