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On the agenda: Halting permits for new e-cigarette retailers and tattoo parlors in Alhambra

Alhambra City Council will hold Monday a public hearing on ordinances that would stop the city from issuing permits to new electronic cigarette retailers and tattoo parlors until Oct. 9, 2014. If passed by at least four council members, the ordinances will go into effect immediately and allow the Alhambra Development Services Department to complete studies on the effects of e-cigarettes and tattoo parlors, according to the council meeting agenda.

Council members banned e-cigarettes in public spaces and work spaces in Alhambra on Oct. 14, but can reverse their decision if studies from the FDA show that e-cigarettes are not harmful to the public, according to Mayor Steven PlacidoHowever, the ordinance stopping the issuance of permits to new retailers failed to receive the unanimous vote it needed to pass during the Oct. 14 City Council meeting.

Councilman Gary Yamauchi abstained from voting on the ordinance during its first reading, citing a lack of information about the affects of e-cigarettes. “I was under the impression that is why these e-cigarettes came out, so they would eliminate second-hand smoke," Yamauchi said. "It was because of that confusion that I voted the way I did and I just need more information."

However, City Council unanimously voted to stop issuing permits to new tattoo parlors during the ordinance's first reading on Oct. 14. The ordinance needs at least four votes during its second reading Monday to go into effect immediately.

Councilwoman Barbara Messina did not want more tattoo parlors in Alhambra. “We have enough tattoo parlors in town," Messina said on Oct. 14. "We don’t need to become a tattoo city."

City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

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3 thoughts on “On the agenda: Halting permits for new e-cigarette retailers and tattoo parlors in Alhambra”

  1. Banning quitting smoking and self expression through the arts. Yay!! I miss the smell of burning tobacco and I’m so tired of the same boring R.I.P. Dear Freedom tattoos.

  2. I smoked for 30 years, a pack-and-a-half a day. Though I knew they were bad for me, I had no intentions of quitting smoking. (In fact, I’d been known to use the words ‘cigarette’ and ‘pry out of my cold dead hands’ in the same sentence.)

    One day I noticed a vape shop had opened up nearby. I stopped in out of sheer curiosity and walked out with a starter kit. I haven’t touched a cigarette since that day.

    It’s been over six months now – my cough has disappeared and I feel great. Yet it never would have happened if that shop hadn’t been there.

    E-cig juice generally contains four ingredients, all recognized as safe by the FDA. Nicotine is approved for long-term use (again, by the FDA). Heck, nicotine is even showing great potential in recent studies on preventing/treating Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s.

    Outlawing e-cigs yet allowing regular cigarettes to be sold on every corner simply doesn’t make sense.

  3. F.A.O Councilman Gary Yamauchi, and others willing to seek the truth and facts about ‘Vaping’ eficacy and harm profile-before blindly jumping to assumptions.