POSTED 11:23 AM, OCTOBER 9, 2014, BY JENNA SACHS, FOX 6 NOW, UPDATED AT 10:24PM, OCTOBER 9, 2014
GREENFIELD (WITI) — The City of Greenfield’s Common Council has voted unanimously (5–0) to extend smoking prohibitions within the city to include electronic smoking devices.
The ordinance prohibits the use of any electronic smoking device in all Greenfield school buildings and grounds, municipal buildings, and any indoor workplace within the city.
A sign outside a Greenfield gas station announces “We Sell e-cigarettes,” but soon those who live in Greenfield will be banned from smoking electronic cigarettes in public buildings.
“There’s definitely a health benefit here,” Greenfield Health Department Director Darren Rausch said.
Rausch says the ban applies anywhere the 2010 “Smoke Free Air Law” is in effect.
Rausch drafted the ordinance at the request of police looking to regulate e-cigarettes in schools.
“We`re on the cutting edge in Wisconsin, but there are other cities that have done this — both Ashwaubenon and Onalaska within the last several months,” Rausch said.