In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.

Last week's question:

The Oakley and Pittsburg city councils recently voted to include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. Do you think these devices should be included in city ordinances that restrict smoking in public places? Please explain.

I DO NOT think e-cigarettes should be banned. There are e-cigarettes that do not use any kind of tar or nicotine. It is simply flavored vapor. So if you are going to ban flavored air, you should probably also ban perfumes, car air fresheners and the like. And also for the people who use them with nicotine vapor, there is no nicotine pollution into the air -- it goes into your body and is expelled as nothing but carbon dioxide -- which is what we produce naturally without them. Maybe we should ask people to stop breathing, too?

Kayla Larson

NO. WHEN YOUR head is congested, you boil water and breathe in the steam in order to break up the congestion. This has been an accepted practice for many years. Why all of a sudden do city governments find it necessary to ban the use of steam?

Glen Jones

YES! Ban them. Don't want them around me or my kids.

Erin Pina

Oakley

I DON'T THINK the issue here is actually nicotine. I think closed-minded parents thinking that their children will be harmed by these is the problem -- and these are the " not my kid" parents.

These e-cigarettes are helping a lot of people to quit smoking. If it is helping them, then let them have it. Open your eyes to the real problems people. If you don't want your kids around them, then keep your kids away from them!

Kim Wilson-Biskner

BANDWAGON POLITICS ARE the worst type of legislation. These cities are doing this because they seem to think that positive results (whatever they may be) will occur because other cities are doing it. No real debate, just piling on. Short- or no-term thinking seems to be what the voters have voted on. I am hopeful that the electorate will see how their money is wasted on things like this and new blood is elected in the next cycle.

John Case

SOUNDS LIKE A one-size-fits-all solution to sate a minority of complainers. I don't like it, although I haven't heard anyone mention how these e-cigarettes are actually mostly used to vaporize a new form of marijuana known as "dab wax." It is tasteless, odorless and very potent.

Joe Bryant

THE BIG TOBACCO companies and government are behind the banning of the e-cigarettes. They are and will lose millions of dollars a day if people use these e-cigarettes. The government is losing tax money also.

Pam Hilde

NO, and I'm not a smoker.

LuAnn Solari

YES. THERE IS too much still unknown about them. There should be viable studies and proof that they are safe, and current studies can be read both ways. Studies so far can show they do not help people stop smoking. They can lead youths into smoking, they can emit dangerous toxins even for bystanders -- and they are now being funded by major tobacco companies. Prove they are safe, then allow them.

Rick Correa

IF A KID WANTS to smoke, they're gonna smoke. I don't see how that is even an argument.

Ban cigarettes. I hate getting a big whiff of all that nasty stench after leaving a restaurant, and much worse, having my kids inhale it, too -- they aren't even old enough to decide they want to smoke.

Wendy Sanabria

Antioch

ABSOLUTELY SHOULD not be banned. I do not smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes but know several people who switched to them.

Brenda Galvin

Vallejo

This week's question:

Antioch's annual Fourth of July festivities are moving from the waterfront to the fairgrounds this year. How do you feel about the change and do you plan to attend?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com. or post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published.

Please respond before Monday.

THEY SHOULD BE regulated as are other tobacco products. The industry is targeting our kids with the lure of flavoring these poison products. And while we are at it, how about outlawing smoke shops within proximity to schools such as Deer Valley Plaza and Deer Valley High.

Richard Asadoorian

Antioch

This week's question:

Antioch's annual Fourth of July festivities are moving from the waterfront to the fairgrounds this year. How do you feel about the change and do you plan to attend?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com. or post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Please respond before Monday.