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Seal Beach Puts Clamps on E-Cigarette Vendors

Seal Beach officials say the urgency ordinance is "a precautionary measure" to give city staff more time to research the pros and cons of electronic cigarettes.

Supporters say electronic cigarettes are healthy alternatives to traditional cigarettes. (Photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime)
Supporters say electronic cigarettes are healthy alternatives to traditional cigarettes. (Photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime)
The Seal Beach City Council put the clamps on electronic cigarettes Monday by approving a moratorium to temporarily halt the opening of new electronic cigarette shops in the city.

At its Monday night meeting, the City Council voted to approve an urgency ordinance to stop the approval of new business licenses to e-cigarette retailers, drug paraphernalia retailers and smoke shops for at least the next 45 days. Jim Basham, the city's community development director, said the ordinance was prompted by an increase in e-cigarette inquiries by potential business owners and was needed to give staff more time to research the e-cigarette business.

The vote makes Seal Beach the first city in Orange County to place restrictions on e-cigarette shops.

"It’s a precautionary measure," Basham said. "It will afford staff more time to research the new and growing trend of electronic cigarettes..There are a lot of pros and cons."

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices, filled with liquid nicotine as an alternative to tobacco which create a vapor inhaler. Supporters say e-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Vicky Towers, who was working on opening eVolution -- a new e-cigarette business in Seal Beach with partner Billy DePalma-- said their shop would strictly focus on selling higher end, rechargeable, non-disposable e-cigarettes to people over the age of 18.

"Our real goal is to provide a bridge to help people stop smoking," Towers told the City Council. "We want to partner with the city and assist in creating reasonable guidelines to govern our type of business so it will be operate responsibly."

"We plan to operate our small business with the class and respect Seal Beach deserves and commands," DePalma added.

Seal Beach already has nine retailers selling e-cigarettes, but city officials said there are currently no laws on the books related to governing e-cigarette shops.

Mayor Gary Miller said he supported the urgency ordinance because surrounding communities and legislators have also raised questions about e-cigarettes.

"I think it's a good idea to give staff more time to research and come back to us with knowledgeable information about the business of electronic cigarettes," Miller said.

In February Senate Bill (SB) 648 was introduced to extend the restrictions on the smoking of tobacco products to e-cigarettes. The bill is currently awaiting a green light from the state Assembly.

A public hearing will be held on Sept. 23 for the Seal Beach City Council to decide whether to extend the ban on e-cigarette vendors for an additional 10 months and 15 days.

What do you think about e-cigarette shops in Seal Beach? Tell us in the comments.

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Buzzie September 06, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I think the powers that be ought to get their word definitions in order. The "Smoke" you get from an E-cig is not Smoke it is categorically a Vapor, just the same as you get from boiling water from a kettle or saucepan. Smoke is a product of burning materials as with a normal cigarette. A vapor is produced by heating a liquid in this case (propylene glycol) close to or at its boiling point, there is no burning involved, I therefore I think it appropriate to not use the word Smoke when referring to E-Cigs. Propylene glycol is inert and safe and has been used in many medical inhalers for 50 years or more such as for asthma and the like, if the complainants are bothered about Propylene Glycol as a harmful chemical then maybe they should ban Asthma Inhalers in public. Note: Dow Product Data Sheet: Propylene glycol (PG or MPG) is a colorless, odorless liquid1 which is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 21 CFR § 184.1666, for use as a direct food additive under the conditions prescribed
The Beast ! September 07, 2013 at 08:10 PM
I SAY no to VAPOR Cigarette they are a bad example for kids we have enough poor examples for our children and this just adds to the list
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 02:53 PM
What about the bad example set by getting drunk at the Concert in the Park & then bragging about it? What about the bad example set by being deceitful about your place of residence? What about the bad example set when you call people "filthy animals from out of town" when you are one yourself? What about the bad example of harassing local servers & thinking it's funny? Why don't you take the log out of your own eye before pointing out the splinters in the eyes of others?
The Beast ! September 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I go to concert in the park and drink like the rest of the seal beach residence, there are filthy people that come to my beach and spew trash everywhere, I dont harass local waitresses or bar keepers !
The Beast ! September 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Those vapor cigarettes look terrible and give the impression the person is smoking weed
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
First of all it's "residents", not residence, and you are not one.
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
You don't have a beach, so stop calling it YOUR beach. You don't even live here.
The Beast ! September 08, 2013 at 03:03 PM
You dont even know me ! You are clueless I spend more time in Seal Beach than most residents !
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I see that you are unable to tell the truth about anything. Your own words show you to be untruthful. The Beast ! August 12, 2013 at 06:19 PM The chicks that work there are pretty to look at but not an ounce of personality! I just get drunk and annoy them on a busy sunday funday ! Its hilarious a few of you should stop by and join me for an afternoon of driving the bar maid crazy
The Beast ! September 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
This is getting stupid ! I only converse with logical educated non-confrontational human beings. If you wanna chat or debate thats what coffee talk is all about ! we have constructive conversations daily at Javatinni on Main Street.
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Aren't you the annoying guy at the Hangout watching football right now? Or was that a lie too?
The Beast ! September 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I'm here now !
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Then I DO know you. That was easy!
The Hunter September 08, 2013 at 03:13 PM
No comment on being caught in a lie about not harassing local servers?I thought so.
Buzzie September 08, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I was born in Long Beach (1971), raised in Seal (since 1973), and now reside and "VAPE" in Rossmoor!!! I would rather be around vapor than nasty smelling cigarettes!!!!! GOOOOO GRIFFINS!!!!!!!
S.A.P. September 09, 2013 at 05:20 PM
The obvious solution is to let each business decide whether or not E-cigs should be allowed on their property. There is not enough (or any?) evidence that second hand E-cig smoke is dangerous for the government to be involved in it being banned. I hate cigarette smoking, but it seems like this is a knee jerk reaction by the anti-smoking crowd. If a person is offended by second hand E-cig smoke, they are trying pretty hard to be offended. The vapor exhaled is minimal.
Mike from Long Beach September 09, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I don't get it. While I don't agree with a lot of things people do, I have no desire whatsoever to force those people to do what I would rather they do, unless what they are doing causes me harm or costs me money. How did our society develop into this system we seem to have where the government, through meddling politicians and ill conceived laws, wants every to conform to its standard no matter how misguided that might be.
Buzzie September 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM
While there is some special interest that hates them, most doctors that look at the science and not agenda agree that e cigarettes are much better than traditional cigarettes, in fact, it was reported by a world renowned harm reduction specialist says they are 100 to 1,000 times safer than tobacco cigarettes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAEjWfeIcVw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
The Beast ! September 10, 2013 at 05:07 AM
I dont like them
The Beast ! September 10, 2013 at 05:11 AM
I have tried both the E-Cigarette and the real thing. The E-Cigarette does not have the save affect when inhaled as the real cigarette. I prefer a real cigarette ! Whats next E-Cigars ! soooooo trendy make me wanna baarf !
The Beast ! September 10, 2013 at 05:20 AM
SAP ! Where do you live ?
The Beast ! September 10, 2013 at 05:22 AM
this group has been schooled ! NEXT !
The Hunter September 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM
"Schooled"? No, you got drunk & made a bunch of silly posts, making yourself look even more foolish than I had thought possible. LMAO @ you.
The Beast ! September 11, 2013 at 03:45 AM
HUNT ! stick to the topic of "Seal Beach Puts Clamps on E-Cigarette Vendors" rather than being obsessed with my liesurely party life. Do be a HATER !
Buzzie September 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM
We can't say these are perfectly safe, but with everything we know about them we can certainly say they are vastly safer than continuing to light cigarette tobacco on fire and inhaling the 3,000 or 4,000 chemicals that cigarette smokers are doing right now!
Buzzie September 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Disposable Electronic Cigar With the look and feel of a real cigar, this electronic cigar will give you a smoke-free way to enjoy a cigar. It lasts for approximately 1800-2000 puffs. Available in Dominican Republic Tobacco flavor, and comes in a High (24mg) strength. LED on tip lights up when you puff. For those times when you'd like to enjoy a cigar, but smoking isn't allowed Puff on the disposable electronic cigar when you want the taste and satisfaction of a cigar but don't want to offend or when cigar smoking is not allowed. It produces no flame, no smoke, no tar. When you wish to smoke, simply inhale to activate the electronic technology that will vaporize the liquid inside the electronic cigar. This also activates the red LED tip so you know it is working. This e-cigar lasts for approximately 1800-2000 puffs. Use it as much or as little as you wish, then set it aside for your next use. The flavor is best when consumed within two weeks of opening. When no more vapor is released from the cigar, simply dispose of the cigar. Active Ingredient: Nicotine 24 mg/ml Other constituents: Tobacco flavoring, Water and Propylene Glycol.
Buzzie September 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Never purchase vapor liquid made is China! Only purchase made in U.S. e-liquid!! Even safer to make your own vapor juice, at least you know what your putting into your electronic vaporizer!!!!
The Beast ! September 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Thanks for the information Buzzard great comments
The Hunter September 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM
"Obsessed"? That's hilarious considering you are the one on the internet trying to look like something you aren't. You seem obsessed with making everyone think you are a Seal Beach resident, when we know that you aren't. Nearly every post you make reeks of deceit. I'm not a "HATER"; just a fan of the truth.
Buzzie September 14, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Thanks Beastly!!!!

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