Smoking rules likely to evolve for electronic cigarettes - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Smoking rules likely to evolve for electronic cigarettes

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular, especially for people trying to quit tobacco cigarettes. But when a patron pulls one out in a restaurant that bans smoking, what happens? 

"It's a questionable thing," said Charles Fagen, who is the manager at Snapper's in Biloxi. "What do you do? There is no precedent on it at this time. No smoking is no smoking, whether it's an e-cigarette or not."

The Sheraton Four Points Hotel is smoke free. But is vapor from an e-cigarette really smoke? There's no real answer, according to manager Kenny Glavan. 

"It could be a great alternative, but we've got to be careful because we do tell our guests that we are smoke free. So as we get more information, we'll have to make a good decision," Glavan explained.  

E-cigarettes don't contain tobacco and do not burn like a regular cigarette. The devices do contain nicotine in a liquid form, which is heated by a battery, producing what amounts to a water vapor. 

Aimee Barresi is the director of Smoke Free Mississippi. When she saw the e-cigarettes being used in smoke-free Edgewater Mall, she complained to mall management. 

"The impact of e-cigarettes is not yet known. Regardless of what manufacturers say, we don't know what exactly they contain and down the line what the impact will be," Barresi said.  

The only thing that's certain in this debate over the use of e-cigarettes indoors is its uncertainty. No one knows about any hidden dangers, no one has a policy in place, but that could be changing in the future. 

Michelle Rogers is the marketing director at Edgewater Mall. 

"It's a technology that's in its infancy and has no long term studies, so it's something we will probably have to talk with our corporate office to discuss what, if any, policy we should have," Rogers said. 

If e-cigarettes are eventually banned indoors, it would leave those who buy and use them fuming. The selling point for the devices says it all: Smoke them anywhere you want.  

E-cigarettes were first introduced in China back in 2004. Several American companies have now entered the market and manufacture them. Again, the FDA has not given any approval for the product, or even conducted any studies on them. 

Independent studies have shown the e-cigarettes themselves could possibly contain one or two cancer causing agents.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:24:50 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
  • You saw his photo, and like that, police nab an alleged burglar

    You saw his photo, and like that, police nab an alleged burglar

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:23:50 GMT
    A surveillance picture shown on WLOX News and WLOX.com Monday night, and surveillance video posted on Facebook by a car burglary victim helped D'Iberville Police find an alleged burglar.More >>
    A surveillance picture shown on WLOX News and WLOX.com Monday night, and surveillance video posted on Facebook by a car burglary victim helped D'Iberville Police find an alleged burglar. A day after airing that photo, and reading Facebook posts, police realized their suspect was in Jackson County. With the help of Jackson County deputies, they arrested John Edward Dennis on a charge of burglary of an automobile.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.