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Suisun council considers smoking ban at public events

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From page A8 | July 16, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Council members told Suisun City staff Tuesday to look into the pros and cons of restricting smoking during city events such as the outdoor Saturday night movie nights.

But they tossed out looking at whether to craft ordinances regulating sale and use of e-cigarettes as well as where and how hookah lounges can operate in the city.

The county’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs youth outreach program has become increasingly concerned about new tobacco devices such as e-cigarettes, and the growing popularity of vapor and hookah lounges such as one that established itself in downtown Vacaville a couple of years ago.

Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho brought the matter before the council, asking for direction on whether the city should get into proactively regulating such products and businesses.

The city does not have any policies in place to deal with regulating these new tobacco products or tobacco-related businesses such as the hookah lounges.

City Councilman Mike Segala got the ball rolling to examine smoking restrictions at some public events in the city since that could affect other people and their families at the same events.

“We should not overregulate,” said City Councilman Mike Hudson, who recommended against an outright ban in public areas such as the waterfront plaza.

The idea to examine regulating a hookah lounge, should one want to set up shop in Suisun City, did not go anywhere. Establishing a moratorium to allow city staff time to examine alternatives was shot down.

“There is no great interest in starting this type of thing,” said Mayor Pete Sanchez, pointing out that there has been no expressed interest in starting a hookah lounge in the city.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • 2realJuly 16, 2014 - 6:00 am

    But fireworks are legal???

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  • George GuynnJuly 16, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    2real, I commented about it being a war zone in Suisun before and long after the 4th of July due to Council critters wanting fireworks money for their biz friends with no response from the council or staff at the meeting last night. There is always silence after public comments when the council doesn't have a good answer! It can be a felony to shot off illegal fireworks, but I am not aware of anyone that has even been given an infraction! I sure hope no one loses their house due to this issue.

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  • Concerned Tax PayerJuly 16, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Mr. Guynn, my understanding is that the money from selling the fireworks went to the charities that sold them and to the city for the 4th of July festival, It goes to business friends? How do they do that?

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