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Findlay leaders consider e-cig ban

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Shawnda Lehman manages the West End Tavern. Six months ago the tavern made a change.   Under state law, tobacco cigarettes can't be smoked indoors.  But the owner decided he also wanted to keep e-cigarettes outside too.

"We get a lot of humor out of the sign being posted, but our staff is trained to let people know they're welcome to use them on the patio, just not in the building," Lehman tells 13abc.  "Some people are shocked by the sign and other people are like, good for you!"

 Health department leaders approached the council this week about the possibility of an e-cig indoor ban citywide.  No proposal has been drafted, but Councilman Tom Klein says a special council ad-hoc committee will start the conversation and take some sort of action in 30 to 45 days.

"The health department and local doctors would like to see some kind of regulation," says the fourth ward representative.

 Klein, like Findlay e-cigarette store owner Jamie Mundy, wants to leave the decision up to each business or let the state take a stand.

"It is what it is.  If people don't like it in their business or other people don't want to be around it, I think a business should have the right to choose," says Mundy who owns Findlay's first e-cig store, Vapor Emporia.

"I personally don't think that it's local government's place," Klein commented.

Tavern managers say their goal was to make their business fair to every smoker, whether the cigarette was tobacco or electronic.  They don't necessarily support a citywide ban but say it is an issue that needs exploring.

"I don't think it's hurt our business at all," says Shawnda Lehman.  "Most of the people just respect it."

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