Blue Lake considering e-cigarette ordinance

BLUE LAKE - The future of electronic cigarettes in Blue Lake could be short-lived if a city ordinance passes to ban them.

Residents and business owners came forward with a proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes. Now, Blue Lake City Council has opened it up to the public for comment. The city encourages residents to participate in online commenting for the next five weeks.

Once that period is over, the city council will make a final decision. If passed, the ordinance could go into effect within three months and have the same guidelines as regular cigarette ordinances. 

"This was the topic of a recent city managers meeting statewide. So I recently brought back that information, both the pros and the cons of regulating E-cigarettes. Then city council felt that prior to considering an ordinance, they wanted the public to be able to weigh in on both, the pros and cons," said Blue Lake City Manager, John Berchtold.