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.
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