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The measure was introduced last month by Councilman Gary Santos, the same person who was also behind the town’s workplace smoking ban enacted in 2007. This vaping ban will basically extend the existent smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes. “When you go to a restaurant you shouldn’t have to breathe other people’s smoke or vapor,” said Santos back in February.

Forcing vapers to use their devices in smoking areas, not only sends the wrong message, but also undermines their efforts to quit.
Following a unanimous first vote on the ban last month, which was approved at 9-0, the Town Council finalized the exclusion at a meeting last Tuesday. No members of the public spoke in favour or against the ban, and neither did any member of the council. “Every person I know who works with young people has urged us to include this in our ordinance, ” said Mayor Will Haynie.

 

Therefore, as of last Tuesday vaping is not allowed in indoor workplaces and other spaces where smoking is is also prohibited, and anyone caught violating this law could face a fine of up to $100. Naturally there will be designated smoking areas where vaping is also allowed, however this in itself could be problematic.

Is forcing vapers into smoking areas a good idea?

Health Entities like Public Health England (PHE) have long been pointing out that forcing vapers to use their devices in smoking areas, not only sends the wrong message, but also undermines their efforts to quit.

Following the 2016 findings indicating that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, the PHE had issued guidelines for employers to follow, in order to ensure that smokers who are transitioning to vaping feel supported and encouraged to switch to the safer alternatives.

Read Further: The Post and Courier

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