Lincoln Includes E-cigarettes in City Ban on Indoor Smoking

Lincoln – The Lincoln City Council voted to ban vaping in public spaces and work sites, adding e-cigarettes to the city ban on indoor smoking of tobacco products.

The council voted 7-0 for the ordinance Dec. 16, and it takes effect after two weeks. The council rejected an attempt to delay to delay implementation so vape shops could seek exemptions.

“This is a small change,” City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick said at the meeting. “It’s not putting them (vape shops) out of business.”

Sarah Linden, the president of the Nebraska Vape Vendors Association, argued the ordinance conflates the dangers of smoking cigarettes with vaping, which she said is less harmful and a safe measure to help people quit smoking.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health endorsed the idea last month and introduced the ordinance. Worker safety, cancer prevention and heart health advocates testified in support of the ordinance.

E-cigarette aerosol can contain potentially harmful substances, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death toll in the outbreak of a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping exceeds 50, the center said recently.

– Associated Press

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