As advised by the Orange County Board of Health, the county will likely place a ban on e-cigarettes in enclosed areas of restaurants and bars.
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Coordinator Coby Austin said the board of ealth is concerned with the safety of Orange County residents as the use of e-cigarettes is beginning to increase.
Austin said current research shows the cons for using e-cigarettes in restaurants and bars outweigh the pros.
The board of health is seeking public comment on this proposal until Sunday. There will be a public hearing on the topic Wednesday at the Orange County Health Department in Hillsborough. Learn more here.
"The board of health is considering a rule that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in restaurants and bars because of the emerging research on the potential health effects and the potential for secondhand exposure," Austin said.
Austin said some of the chemicals in e-cigarettes could cause health risks.