The Beaver Dam Common Council's operations committee recommended changes to city code that would disallow the use of electronic nicotine systems in certain areas.
The full Common Council will still have to vote on the changes at a later date. The revisions would change the definition of "smoking" to include electronic nicotine products, such as vapes and e-cigs. The revisions would make it so such products could not be used in a bar, a restaurant or spaces used to spectate public outdoor events like the bleachers at a sporting event.
They would be prohibited in locations defined as a "public place," including the common areas of retail buildings, apartment buildings and condos, hallways and waiting rooms. Bars and restaurants would be added as spaces defined as a public place. Electronic products would also be treated the same as lighted products at the entrances of workplaces.
However, language that bans smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products inside any enclosed workplace more generally would not change. Wisconsin state law itself bans smoking lighted products within indoor workplaces. City language that specifically points out cigarettes and other tobacco products as banned would not change.