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File #: 2015-0449    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/25/2016 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: 3/14/2016 Final action: 3/14/2016
Enactment date: 3/17/2016 Enactment #: 18255
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to smoking prohibitions; and amending Ordinance 11950, Section 14, as amended, and K.C.C. 28.96.010 and prescribing penalties.
Sponsors: Joe McDermott, Rod Dembowski
Indexes: transit
Code sections: 28.96.010 - .
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18255.pdf, 2. 2015-0449 legislative review form.pdf, 3. 2015-0449 transmittal letter.docx, 4. 2015-0449 E-cig Public Rule Notice.docx, 5. 2015-0449 fiscal note.xls, 6. 2015-0449 - Transit E-cig Notice of Public Hearing final.doc, 7. 2015-0449_ATT3_AmdtT1.docx, 8. 2015-0449_SR_E-Cigs_Buses.docx, 9. 2015-0449_ATT2_Amdt1.docx, 10. Hearing Notice - Publish Seattle Times: 3/2/16.doc, 11. 2015-0449_REVISED_SR_E-Cigs_Buses.docx, 12. Affidavit of Pub - 3-2-16 Seattle Times.pdf
Staff: Soo Hoo, Wendy
Clerk 03/02/2016
AN ORDINANCE relating to smoking prohibitions; and amending Ordinance 11950, Section 14, as amended, and K.C.C. 28.96.010 and prescribing penalties.
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. Consistent with the King County board of health findings from 2010, as described in R&R BOH10-04.2, the King County council finds that the emergence of unregulated electronic smoking devices used on or in relation to all transit properties presents a threat to the public health.
B. Electronic smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, are battery operated devices that resemble cigarettes, although they do not contain tobacco. People who use electronic smoking devices inhale vaporized liquid nicotine or other liquids created by heat through an electronic ignition system and exhale the vapor in a way that mimics smoking.
C. The United States Food and Drug Administration has conducted laboratory tests on numerous brands of electronic smoking devices and found that they contained toxic chemicals and carcinogens in addition to nicotine. Although some electronic smoking devices claim not to contain nicotine, there is no regulatory program to monitor this assertion. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine or heroin and is a highly toxic substance.
D. Electronic smoking devices and other unapproved nicotine delivery products have a high appeal to youth due to their high-tech design and availability in child-friendly flavors like chocolate and strawberry. They also present a substantial risk of nicotine addiction and resultant harm to the public health and safety. In addition, the use of electronic smoking devices in public places and places of employment returns smoking to the public consciousness and complicates enforcement of state and county laws that govern the use of tobacco prod...

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