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County Medical Society president testifies for e-cigarette ban in Marshfield

Yakub Ellias, MD, of Marshfield, testified recently before the city of Marshfield’s Judiciary and Legislative Committee, encouraging the city to extend its existing clean air ordinance to include a ban on e-cigarettes.

After hearing testimony on May 3 from Dr. Ellias and others, including representatives from the Wisconsin Advocacy Department of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the committee recommended that indoor use of e-cigarette devices be prohibited.

A week later, the Marshfield Common Council voted 9-1 to direct the city attorney to draft a resolution amending the current ordinance to add e-cigarettes to the city’s indoor smoking ban. The full council must still vote on a final ordinance, which is likely to happen in June.

Doctor Ellias is a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors and president of the Wood County Medical Society.

In addition to supporting efforts like this at the local level, the Society is working to have e-cigarettes defined as tobacco products and pushing back at legislative attempts like Assembly Bill 170, which would have weakened Wisconsin’s Smoke Free Law. In 2014, the Society submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking the agency to regulate e-cigarettes and shared the Society’s position that e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices should be classified as tobacco products and drug delivery devices.

Within the last month, the FDA announced that e-cigarettes and other related products will face similar prohibitions and requirements as regular tobacco products.

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