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City takes first step to include e-cigs in laws

The City of West Fargo will be updating its tobacco-related ordinances to include electronic cigarettes.

The City Commission passed the first reading of ordinance changes on March 17 to require that anyone selling electronic cigarettes be licensed to sell tobacco and prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

“I believe this is something that is being taken up metro-wide so that minors are discouraged from using them and buying them,” City Attorney John Shockley said.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs as they are commonly called have become popular across the country as an alternative tobacco source for some smokers. Some users have claimed e-cigarettes helped cut their smoking habit, but the electronic products have not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Moorhead and Fargo have passed similar tobacco laws to include electronic cigarettes.

The commission will likely pass the ordinance at its Monday meeting, after a second reading.