ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ban during their regular meeting Thursday.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at city hall, 555 Walnut.

The proposed ban would actually add e-cigarettes to the current smoking ban ordinance in place for traditional cigarettes.  It would also prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from buying e-cigarettes.

"We do anticipate a lively public hearing and discussion by council, but we'll see how that goes," said Abilene City Manager Larry Gilley.

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Abilene City Council approved Thursday morning the scheduling of a public hearing to discuss the possibility of a smoking ban on e-cigarettes.

That hearing will be held Thursday, July 24, during the regular city council meeting set to start at 8:30 a.m at Abilene City Hall.

The proposed ban would actually add e-cigarettes to the current smoking ban ordinance in place for traditional cigarettes. It would additionally prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from buying e-cigarettes.

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The city of Abilene is considering whether to add e-cigarettes to its current ban on smoking.

Abilene City Council is preparing to set a public hearing at its Thursday meeting for discussion on the controversial issue.

Council plans are to set that public hearing for its July 24 meeting.

If passed, e-cigarettes couldn’t be smoked in any of the public places traditional cigarettes aren’t allowed, which includes elevators, public restrooms and common use areas, retail stores, malls, and restaurants, bars, indoor sports arenas, inside health facilities, office buildings and places of employment, and public outdoor events.

Smokers would need to keep "reasonable distance of not less than 20 feet" outside of entrances, windows, and ventilation systems of buildings where smoking is prohibited.

Additionally, this amendment to the ordinance would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and related products to minors under the age of 18.

Violation of the ordinance would result in the same punishment and/or fines outlined in the original smoking ban ordinance.