City-County Council panel approves smoking ban

The most spirited discussion was over e-cigarettes, which emit nicotine-laced vapor. Users said they’re harmless to bystanders, but anti-smoking advocates said too much still was unknown about potential risks.

A statement issued by Greg Conley, legal director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives, which supports the use of e-cigarettes, said the committee “relied on inaccurate and misleading information.”