Biz Owner Challenges E-Cigarette Ban

Carlsbad is the second city in San Diego County to ban e-cigarettes. Vista passed a similar measure last October.

The co-owner of an e-cigarette and vape bar in Carlsbad will challenge a recent city ban on e-cigarettes. Dan Daniel with Mix Vapes will be speaking at a city council meeting at 10 on Tuesday.

The city's ban cites a 2009 FDA study that showed e-cigarettes release carcinogens, but Daniel arguest that the data in that study is outdated.

Last week, the Carlsbad City Council voted to ban smoke e-cigarettes in businesses or restaurants. The ban will take effect after the New Year. E-cigarette business owners, however, maintain that vaping can actually help people quit smoking.

“It’s not a ban on the product, but it will protect the public health from what’s essentially an unknown and unregulated product,” said Lorenzo Higley, chairperson of the San Diego Tobacco Control Coalition.

Carlsbad city leaders met Tuesday to make a decision on an ordinance that bans the use of E-cigarette wherever smoking is prohibited. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013)

E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco. Instead, users inhale vaporized liquid that usually contains nicotine.