PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano talked to City Councilman Bill Greenlee about the Council’s plan to vote on a proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public places throughout Philadelphia.
Greenlee explained the rationale behind the measure is that much is still unknown about e-cigarettes and they could potentially be a safety risk.
“Electronic cigarettes are a totally unregulated product by the federal government. You don’t really know what’s in them. There are disputes about the danger of them. What we’re basically doing is taking a precautionary measure. We’re asking people if they want to use them and they feel it helps them or they like them, fine, but not in public spaces because there’s enough concern raised by medical people that there could be a problem here,” he commented.
He said around the country legislators are considering comparable measures to limit use of these products in public space.
“We saw what other cities and whole states have done; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the whole state of New Jersey, and many other states and municipalities have put very similar regulations into what we’re proposing here,” he said.
Listen to full interview here: