Heading into the summer, more patios are coming alive ripe for vapers to enjoy their favorites. However, in many jurisdictions around the country, vaping is being banned at a rapid pace. Read on to see if your neck of the woods is affected.
- Connecticut, where legislators are seeking all sorts of bans, including flavor sales, to the tune of 18 bills going through the State House and Senate. Tobacco 21 is also on the table.
- Minnesota, where vaping may be added to the current state Clean Indoor Air act, which prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces and other public places. An official bill is with the House.
- Boise, Idaho, where the city council wants to add vaping to the Smoke-Free Air Act. Any place where smoking is currently prohibited would have vaping included if passed, however enforcement — especially in public parks — seems to be an issue, according to KIVI Boise.
- Spring Hill, TN, where the Board of Mayor and Alderman voted to amend the current ordinance that had prohibited smoking to include vaping. Public parks and businesses are affected by the ordinance.
- Calvert County, MD, where vaping may be prohibited at county-owned or county-operated recreational and park facilities. The possible ordinance is going through the ranks, starting with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Boone County, IL, where the county board voted unanimously to amend the tobacco ordinance to include vaping. Vaping is now banned wherever smoking was previously banned in the county.
- Marietta, GA, where the city is mulling a ban on e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco in public parks. Cigarettes, pipes and cigars are already banned. The ban was also discussed for public sidewalks, however jurisdiction and enforcement may be issues, according to a report by WSB-TV.
- Racine, WI, where the Walworth Tobacco-Free Coalition has asked that the city’s smoking ban in public places be amended to include vaping. This is an indoor smoking ban currently. And in Kenosha, WI, where the city’s Common Council approved an ordinance adding prohibitions of vaping in public places for minors. Vaping products cannot be sold to, purchased or possessed by minors. Additionally, a ban on vaping products for adults now mirrors the existing smoking ban. Residents can vape or smoke in “Electronic Smoking Lounges,” which include retail establishments that do not have “Class A, B or C liquor license for both fermented malt beverages or intoxicating liquor; generates 75 percent or more of its gross, annual income from the retail sales of electronic smoking devices; private residences; a room used by one person in an assisted-living facility as a residence; a room in an assisted-living facility where two or more people live, all indulge in electronic smoking and have made a written request to be in a room that allows electronic smoking; and an electronic smoking lounge that was in existence on March 1, 2019, and in which only the electronic smoking by adults is allowed, according to the language of the ordinance,” reports Kenosha News. Selling and possession penalties could be fines or more severe.
- Johnson County, Iowa, where the Public Health Department is asking for a ban of vaping where cigarettes are already prohibited. This would include parks, schools and hospitals. The amendment is with the county’s board of supervisors.
- Hardin, KY, where the Fiscal Court has decided on an ordinance that includes vaping in the county’s existing ban on smoking in public places. The current smoking policy bans cigarettes in any county building and within 15 feet of entrances. After the second reading, the amendment passed with little to no opposition.
- South Dakota, where the House of Representatives voted 48-19 to ban vaping in public and any place of employment in the state.
- Prescott, MN, where possession and use of vaping products by minors 18 and under is banned. The measure passed unanimously during a city council meeting. School property was the only prohibitive place before the new law, but now it’s expanded to citywide premises.
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