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Crystal Lake seeks public input on e-cigarettes

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake officials are seeking the public's feedback on potential e-cigarette policies.

Residents and business owners are invited to a public forum Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at City Hall on 100 W. Woodstock St. to gather information on e-cigarettes and take a survey to indicate where they believe use of the devices should be allowed. For those who cannot make it, the educational materials and survey are available at the Crystal Lake website.

The provided materials include information on the benefits of e-cigarettes, potential health effects and ordinances other municipalities have approved to regulate use of the devices. The survey asks whether residents would prefer use restricted in all public areas, allowed in all public spaces or limited to e-cigarette retailers that want a smoking section for customers to try the product.

Debate over e-cigarette use started after the Crystal Lake City Council proposed implementing universal bans similar to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette businesses in the city pushed back on the proposal, saying the ability to allow customers to smoke in their stores was vital to sales.

Council members said they wanted more information and could vote on a revised ordinance at the Nov. 18 meeting.

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