INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Electronic cigarettes have been toted by supporters as an alternative to the conventional cigarette, but without the health risk.
Now, those e-cigarettes could be part of the latest version of the city-wide smoking ban in Indianapolis .
The latest proposal discussed Tuesday night bans the use of both conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside bars and bowling alleys. Private clubs would be allowed to make their own decisions.
Some council members at a committee meeting asked to have the e-cigarette language removed, saying the nicotine inside electronic cigarettes only hurts those who use it.
The products turn nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes into a vapor that's inhaled by the user.
Some former cigarette smokers came to defend electronic cigarettes.
"The only way that I was able to quit a 35 year long habit was this awesome technology," Richard Brewer said.
Still others told the crowd there are too many unknowns to not include them.
Democratic council member John Barth told fellow council members that he'd found a study by the FDA showing "e-cigarette vapor does contain cancer causing agents that were detected in some research they did … that in fact it does put people at risk who are in the room."
In 2009, the FDA studied potential health risks, finding the product contains detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals that can be exposed to the user.
Supporters say they're an important alternative to those hoping to quit smoking.
Some council members say they do believe this version of the smoking ban will get the mayor's approval, with the e-cigarette language included in it.
The proposal is now heading to the full council, with a recommendation they approve it.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
As part of the Big Ten Championship game tailgate on Georgia Street Saturday, St. Elmo Steak House hosted the inaugural Shrimp Cocktail Eating Contest.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy was shot in the head Saturday evening on the city's north side.