Gov. Rick Scott hosts Zika roundtable in West Palm Beach

Caribbean_Mosquito_Virus.JPGov. Rick Scott today will gather with local officials in West Palm Beach for a roundtable on the Zika virus.

The event is set for 10 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Health Department, 800 Clematis St.

The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control will spray Tuesday evening, in an effort to keep the mosquito population down for the Fourth of July weekend. But the county says that’s regular spraying for nuisance mosquitos and isn’t very effective against those carrying the Zika virus.

 

Palm Beach County Attorney: let state decide on e-cigarettes

Nicholas Quintero, manager of Atmos Electronic Cigarette, demonstrates an e-cigarette in the West Palm Beach store Tuesday, November 19, 2013. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Nicholas Quintero, manager of Atmos Electronic Cigarette, demonstrates an e-cigarette in the West Palm Beach store Tuesday, November 19, 2013. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Let the state decide where people can smoke e-cigarettes, Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman has told county commissioners.

In a memo sent Thursday, Nieman said the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, created before e-cigarettes, bans only lighted tobacco products, which the e-cigs are not.

Nieman
Nieman

Several South Florida entities, including the cities of Delray Beach and Boca Raton, have specifically outlawed the devices in places where the Act forbids tobacco smoking, but “the reach of each (ban) varies,” Nieman wrote.

If the commission moved to ban e-cigarettes in all indoor workplaces in Palm Beach County, both private and public, it would be difficult to enforce, and authorities also would have to decide on penalties, she said.

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