Rhode Island Senate made the decision not to pass a ban on the use of e-cigarettes, early in the morning on the last day of the legislative session, on July 21.
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“The R.I. Senate made the right decision when it chose not to pass a ban on the use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” early in the morning on the last day of the legislative session.” declared Dino Baccari, founder and president of Rhode Island-based White Horse Vapor, a nationally franchised vaping company. n
The ban on vaping passed 50 to 17 during House session last June 17 but involved a significantly lengthy discussion regarding the safety around vaping. It was though the ultimate step before Senate approval of the Bill H-7664 initiated by Representatives Tanzi, Maldonado, Barros, Morin, and Fogarty in February 2016.
Bill H-7664 prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and places of employment. A major concern for vapers since the ban concerned public places and enclosed facilities within businesses. Nevertheless an amendment excludes vaping stores and bars from the prohibition.