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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI)- Lighting up in Starkville now comes with some new restrictions.


It was nearly a decade ago when the city banned smoking in all public areas.

During Tuesday night’s Board of Alderman meeting, city leaders unanimously voted to include E-Cigarettes in that ordinance, this means vaping is no longer allowed in public places.

Mayor Lynn Spruill said this decision is a continuing effort to keep the public protected from tobacco or nicotine related products.

“I think it just shows that we continue to be a leader and being concerned about our citizens health, and in our quality-of-life. All of those things are impacting what we are trying to do and make Starkville be the best place that he can be for people to live, work, play, and learn,” said Mayor Lynn Spruill.


Some vape shop owners expressed their disappointment with the board’s decision, saying the move will hurt their business.

The new ordinance takes effect next month.

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  • Greg Dj-g

    Evidently, they haven’t been keeping up with the news… which has been saying for the past week that VAPERS ARE RIGHT… VAPING SAVES LIVES!

  • LostInUnderland

    They do not care. It is all about demonizing people who are addicted to nicotine. Barbecue’s are more dangerous than vaping, but you do not see them banning barbecuing in the city limits.

  • toquinn55

    This is the most ridiculous thing that I’ve ever heard of! I think we should go to neighboring towns to eat, shop, etc and boycott STARKVILLE! I’m ashamed of the Alderman and thought this mayor might be better, but she is just like the rest. Boo Starkville!

  • In NC, NJ, CT and WA schools e-cigarettes are illegal DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. An Alpena MI man recently died from vaping fentanyl, an opioid, in an e-cigarette. E-cigarettes are stealth drug paraphernalia which can be odorless and are therefore used undetected in public, even in school classrooms, to inhale
    opioids, methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine
    and THC, among others. Bystanders are also
    exposed to these drugs when they are in the
    vicinity of a drug addict vaping them. Analyses of
    e-liquids has found ethanol (ethyl alcohol) in them
    and research on the effects of vaping it shows it
    diminishes motor skills, meaning vaping and
    driving is DUI alcohol.
    Tobacco companies are drug pushers and nicotine e-cigarettes are one of their tobacco products. The health risks of e-cigarettes have actually been known for years because they emit synthetic fog generated the same way as AC electricity powered fog machines. The battery power source of e-cigarettes even adds a gruesome new health risk because they explode and burn, propelling broken parts like shrapnel, searing throats, perforating tongues, breaking jaws, shattering teeth, blistering lips, lacerating eyelids, puncturing cheeks, blinding eyes, charring hands, incinerating clothing and fracturing cervical vertebrae resulting in paralysis.
    E-cigarettes are battery powered synthetic fog toys available with nicotine and flavors. They give adults desperate to quit smoking tobacco a false sense of harm reduction, plus children who never smoked tobacco are lured into substance abuse to taste and smell flavors, with visual thrills from the fog, addicting them to nicotine, and ultimately most of them start smoking tobacco also.
    So, long term damage from inhalation of e-cigarette emissions by both users and bystanders is already well known because they generate emissions/vapor with propylene glycol/glycerin heated by electric coils exactly the way special effects/theatrical artificial fog machines electrically heat propylene glycol/glycerin, with occupational safety authorities having known for over a decade that exposure to that synthetic fog is hazardous to both workers and audiences who inhale it.
    See: Smoke and Fog Hazards, By Michael McCann, Ph.D., C.I.H., Center for Safety in the Arts, 1991, University of Illinois Chicago;
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 47, Issue 5, May 2005, Pages 411–418, Effects of theatrical smokes and fogs on respiratory health in the entertainment industry,
    Sunil Varughese MSc,
    Kay Teschke PhD,
    Michael Brauer ScD,
    Yat Chow MSc,
    Chris van Netten PhD,
    Susan M. Kennedy PhD,
    first published:12 April 2005; Ontario Ministry of Labour, Fog and Smoke Safety Guideline for the Live Performance Industry in Ontario, Issued: August 2005, Content last reviewed: September 2012; Ontario Ministry of Labour, Guideline No. 9: Smoke and Fog | Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario, ISBN: 978-1-4249-9952-1, Issued: November 1990, Revised: June 2009, Content last reviewed: March 2011; Ontario R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 833: CONTROL OF EXPOSURE TO BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL AGENT, under Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, Versions current July 1, 2016, Table 1 Ontario Table of Occupational Exposure limits-Propylene glycol; Safe Stages by Theatre Alberta and Alberta Human Services.
    Minors have been major consumers of e-liquids/e-cigarettes when it has been known all along that they should not be handled by children. The warnings to consumers about emissions from propylene glycol heated by electric coils in fog machines have been available for years on the Halloween fog liquid labels.

  • They might as well take a gun and point it straight at every smoker in their area, because they are doing nothing but destroying lives. ALL the evidence suggests that there is NOTHING harmful in second hand vape, so pulling a stunt like this proves that they don’t care about the citizens and should be voted out of office and never allowed to hold another public office for their entire career. Sickening. In 2015 vaping SAVED my life, the facts are there if anyone is willing to look at real people and not politicians attempting to line their pockets with big tobacco’s money. Sickening what these people do. Overreaching? How about putting nails in the coffins of every smoker they kill because they don’t take time to educated themselves on the positive benefits of switching from smoking to vaping. I wouldn’t want those people governing me.

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