Should e-cigarettes be banned from markets?

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The pros and cons of e-cigarettes will be discussed by councillors in a bid to decide whether they should be sold at local markets.

Lancaster City Council runs the Festival Market in Morecambe and Charter Market and the Assembly Rooms in Lancaster.

But after hearing a report at the next Cabinet meeting, councillors will make a decision on whether the cigarette substitutes should be sold at the markets.

Coun Jon Barry, Cabinet member with responsibility for markets, said: “The jury is still out on e-cigarettes and there is conflicting advice as to whether or not they are safe to use.

“I have asked for a brief report on the pros and cons of E-cigarettes so that Cabinet can make a decision on whether they should be sold.

“Hopefully, we can make this decision at our next Cabinet meeting.”

A Lancaster resident said: “I use an e-cig and it has definitely reduced the number of cigarettes I smoke. Whenever I get the urge to smoke, I turn to the e-cig for a few pulls rather than smoking a full cigarette. The goal is to quit, but this has certainly reduced my nicotine intake in the meantime.”

A Preston City Council spokesman said: “Preston council follows government legislation and currently has three traders selling e-cigarettes on its indoor and outdoor market.” A spokesman for South Lakeland District Council said: “We don’t have apolicy or restriction on the sale of e-cigs on the street market in Kendal.”

SueByers, manager of Morecambe’s Arndale Centre, said: “We welcome all legitimate traders into the centre and there is no official policy against the sale of e-cigs.”