Reader’s view: City Council showed integrity on e-cigs voteOn the evening of Monday, Sept. 9, I took advantage of my civic privileges and duties to offer a statement before our Duluth City Council as it considered three ordinances surrounding the regulation of e-cigarettes and product sampling within retail tobacco stores.
By: Mike McAvoy, Duluth News Tribune
On the evening of Monday, Sept. 9, I took advantage of my civic privileges and duties to offer a statement before our Duluth City Council as it considered three ordinances surrounding the regulation of e-cigarettes and product sampling within retail tobacco stores.
It was educational for me to hear opposing viewpoints and to watch the councilors carefully listen to each citizen make a statement. All three ordinances passed (“Council votes to restrict e-cigarette use in Duluth,” Sept. 10), and aligning the regulation of e-cigarette activities with the current
tobacco-use rules reinforced the concept that e-cigarettes are not healthy alternatives to smoking.
For various reasons, our families, children, local businesses and employers should appreciate these decisions made by our council.
Councilors Jennifer Julsrud, Linda Krug, Jim Stauber, Emily Larson, Dan Hartman and Patrick Boyle deserve Duluthians’ thanks for supporting all three ordinances as written. The council’s collective decision to regulate these activities was forward-thinking and courageous. And, as Councilor Stauber offered, “This is the right thing to do.”
These new ordinances also place Duluth in a handful of Minnesota cities leading the way on these topics. Someday, long into the future, when parents and families see many more nicotine-free children walk across a graduation stage, let’s all think back to that foggy Monday night in 2013, and that stuffy third-floor room at City Hall, when our City Council acted with integrity. The council placed another cairn along Duluth’s pathway toward the ever-improving health and wellness of our community.
Let other cities follow our lead. Well done, Duluth City Council!