Temple officials debate electronic cigarette policy

As governing bodies nationwide debate the use of electronic cigarettes, and whether they should be allowed in non-smoking areas, the issue remains in a fairly gray area in Temple.

The City Council tightened Temple’s smoking ordinance in December 2012. The ordinance prohibits smoking in bowling alleys, indoor entertainment facilities and city parks, and mandates hotel and motel owners to limit smoking to 25 percent of their rooms. The ordinance also increased the percentage of alcohol sales needed for a business to allow smoking to 50 percent; the previous ordinance permitted establishments in which alcohol made up 45 percent of sales to allow smoking.

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