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November Banning Report

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It’s the time of year to give thanks, and vapers may be having a tough time doing that given the climate in America. Below is our monthly report on bannings in the works or already passed recently.

We start off in the Illinois suburbs, where Palatine officials have banned vaping in indoor places, according to the Daily Herald. Village Manager Reid Ottesen researched the “issue” and was tasked in bringing a proposal to the table. The ban, which goes into effect Jan. 2, will include bars, restaurants, offices, the Metra commuter rail station and other public places. Additionally, vaping will be banned in open-air dining areas and any closed or semi-enclosed sports or recreation venues, such as a swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley or health spa, as well as within 15 feet of a door to a public place under the revised clean indoor air ordinance. First-time violators will be fined up to $100. In Naperville, Park District officials have banned smoking and vaping in all 130 parks, district buildings and district vehicles except for golf carts , according to Patch.

Down in Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia has banned use of all tobacco and e-cigarettes on Mizzou’s campus, according to STLToday.com. The university said in a release that violators will be warned and “will also be able to access literature to help them kick their habits.”

The Newark Advocate reports that the Ohio-based city’s council is mulling banning vaping in all enclosed public places. The safety committee approved the measure, which moved to the full council. The ordinance would ban smoking and vaping from areas “adjacent to the entrance/exit to ensure smoke does not enter the enclosed area through doors, windows or ventilation systems.”

Indiana-based Goshen News reports that the city council has adopted a smoking and vaping ordinance “that would be more restrictive than state law.” The current law requires an eight-foot buffer near an entrance and allows bar owners and fraternal organizations a choice of smoking or not. The new proposal includes bars and social clubs and ban smoking and vaping. WSBT reports on how the new law will affect businesses and vapers.

The Daily Citizen reports that Beaver Dam, WI, officials want to change the current city’s definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes. Vaping would then be banned in bars, restaurants or “spaces used to spectate public outdoor events like the bleachers at a sporting event,” along with public places like common areas of retail buildings, apartment buildings and condos, hallways and waiting rooms, and entrances of workplaces.

Weston, OH, officials have unanimously banned vaping in parks, according to the Sentinel-Tribune.

MassLive.com reports that the Springfield City Council is mulling an ordinance that would place fines on those vaping in public places. E-cigarettes are already banned where smoking is, like in workplaces and public buildings. If passed, the first violation would be a $100 fine, $200 for second within two years of the first offense and $300 for third or subsequent violation occurring within two years of the second offense.