The Eden Prairie City Council approved on first reading an ordinance prohibiting the sampling of tobacco-related products in any establishment with a tobacco retail license. The ordinance, approved at the Nov. 18 council meeting, Nov. 18 adds cigarettes to the definition of tobacco-related products.
“The county thought our ordinance excluded cigarettes,” City Attorney Ric Rosow said, noting that numerous other local communities have taken action to regulate e-cigarettes. “This is the third leg of a group of ordinances we have brought to you.”
Final approval of the ordinance will be on the council’s Dec. 2 agenda.
In February 2014, the council adopted a one-year moratorium on hookah, e-cigarette and related lounges, to allow the city time to study the issue. According to information in city documents, hookah lounges are “establishments run like a bar or café where patrons share shisha (flavored tobacco) or other similar products from communal hookah or nargile [Turkish water pipe], or where patrons are served individual hookah pipes smoked on site.”
Councilmember Ron Case noted that Eden Prairie has been joined across the nation by counties and cities adopting similar ordinances.
“I have no problem going with it,” Case said.
Eden Prairie already has amended its smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking e-cigarettes in all areas where smoking of tobacco is prohibited by the city’s Smoke Free Air ordinance of 2002 and the Minnesota Clean Air Act.