Mission Viejo Will Not Ban E-Cig Shops After All...For Now

John Gilhooley
It's no surprise that Mission Viejo could've become the second city in Orange County to ban electronic cigarette shops. Outside of a few tasty Persian spots and Aloha Grill, there isn't much to do...or worry about. Monday, city councilwoman Rhonda Reardon decided that e-cigs should be placed in government's crosshairs--yet it's not because she thinks e-cigs are ineffective for smoking cessation. She's more worried about the lack of regulation and how they can be used for vaping other things (Read, the evil weed).

"It's not the e-cigs that are bad, it's the other stuff that comes along with it," Reardon told the Orange County Register. "These things vaporize, and you can vaporize just about anything."

She said she got the idea after attending an Orange County Coroner's presentation on the evils of e-cigs. However, when the ban came to the floor on Monday, only Mayor Trish Kelley agreed with Reardon. The rest of the council killed the suggested moratorium with a 3-2 vote. "If you think you're going to stop an illegal use by putting a moratorium, it ain't gonna happen," said Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht. A car can go 100 mph in a 30 mph zone."

The council did agree to examine how Laguna Niguel is dealing, given that the zoning already in place bans e-cig shops--because, you know, Laguna Niguel is SUCH a cool city...

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