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    BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Bangor City Council will consider an ordinance to prohibit ‘vaping’ in all public places where smoking cigarettes is already prohibited.

    “The track record for the tobacco industry hasn’t been great. They haven’t been forthcoming about the real dangers, so we’re worried that they won’t be forthcoming this time, so we want to be careful and we want to be cautious and we want to continue the discussion, but we’d rather err on the side of protecting people first,” said director of Health and Community Services, Patty Hamilton.

    ‘Vaping’ is a way for people to inhale nicotine or other chemicals using an electronic device that vaporizes liquids. Proponents of the proposed ordinance said vaping is relatively new and there isn’t a lot of research on the method, but studies show it contains formaldehyde.

    The ordinance will also provide a 20-foot buffer around all playground and picnic areas in city parks.

    According to a 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control, 13.4 percent of high school students and 3.9 percent of middle school students admitted to trying vaping. “The children who would never smoke a cigarette are now seeing a three-fold increase in kids vaping, so now they’re being exposed to nicotine. It’s really about children and sort of setting up the dynamic that vaping would be treated similarly to all tobacco products,” said Hamilton.

    Opponents of the proposed ordinance said there is no evidence that vaping is unhealthy, so they don’t think city officials should ban it.

    “I could see maybe a business or a restaurant having the option to say ‘no vaping in here’ but to have the city come ahead and say and put a whole ban just really isn’t right,” said Mark Braveman, owner of The Burning Moose.

    Braveman said former smokers vape because they are used to the hand to mouth motion that is associated with smoking cigarettes. He also doesn’t think it’s right to put people who vape outside with the smokers, because if they are former smokers, it might give them the urge to pick up the habit.

    “If anything, we find that vaping saves people’s lives. We have customers coming in here that are quitting smoking daily and to compare vapor to a cigarette, its just two totally different things,” said Braveman.

    City officials are looking at other vaping ordinances throughout the state and it should take about a month to draft a proposal. This proposed ordinance comes about a month after Portland banned vaping in public places.

    More on this story here

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