- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - The Stevens Point City Council is looking at regulating electronic cigarette vapor bars.

A council committee was planning a meeting Monday to come up with a plan as more and more of the businesses are opening in Stevens Point, according to the Stevens Point Journal Media (http://spjour.nl/1iJnsvB ).

Many municipalities still haven’t taken up the issue, nor has the state.

“These things are so new, you don’t have other ordinances to follow,” said City Attorney Andrew Logan Beveridge. “Municipalities are forced to come up with their own rules for regulating these things.”

The Stevens Point City Council could decide to amend city zoning ordinances to include a specific definition of vapor bars. According to a proposed ordinance change, a business would be considered a vapor bar if 25 percent of its floor space is dedicated to seating.

Vapor products are a substitute for smoking in which flavored nicotine water is vaporized by a device and inhaled.

The city also will decide whether to issue conditional use permits for those bars, which would give the city the ability to revoke permits for owners who don’t adhere to whatever regulations the city develops for vapor bars, Beveridge said.

Beveridge said the city is receiving a growing number of requests and inquiries from entrepreneurs interested in opening electronic cigarette businesses. The city wants to come up with regulations before more vapor businesses are established, he said.

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Information from: Stevens Point Journal Media, http://www.stevenspointjournal.com