Citing the growing interest but limited understanding of electronic cigarettes, the small Orange County city of Seal Beach has adopted a moratorium that will prevent any new stores from selling the devices.
After a brief discussion late Monday, the City Council agreed to a 45-day moratorium on any new e-cigarette and smoke shops, as well as drug paraphernalia vendors. Seal Beach officials said they needed time to study the effects of e-cigarettes before making a recommendation to the city.
"It's a growing trend with lots of pros and cons," said Jim Basham, Seal Beach director of community development. "It's a precautionary measure."
The city’s review would look into banning e-cigarettes from areas where cigarettes already are prohibited and focus on where the devices could be sold.