Communities move to regulate where electronic cigarettes can be used

By: John Aguilar, The Denver Post
July 22, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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In this April 15, 2014 photo, Matt Alfonso, with Avail Vapor, tests out one of the electronic cigarettes in the shop in Richmond, Va. The fast-growing industry is likely to see some changes as the federal government soon plans to regulate the popular devices. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

LAKEWOOD — Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, which have experienced an explosive growth in popularity in the last few years, are beginning to face stiff resistance in Colorado as an increasing number of communities crack down on the battery-powered devices.

Last week, both Lakewood and Fort Collins applied their public-smoking restrictions to electronic smoking devices, banning their use wherever cigarettes are prohibited.

Louisville, Golden, Commerce City and Durango are in various stages of doing the same.

Much of the concern about the tobacco-free devices, which use a heating element to vaporize a nicotine-laced liquid solution known as e-juice, stems from the fact that they are relatively new, largely unregulated and the subject of conflicting health claims.

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