According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Allegheny County Board of Health has approved new regulations that will affect vapers in the workplace and public indoor spaces. As of November 2, 2016, the County Board of Health approved these regulations, which will prohibit the “use of vaping devices in workplaces and public indoor spaces.”
This regulation was voted on with a 6-0 and one abstention result. While there were many defenses by speakers on the benefits of vaping as a cigarette smoking cessation device, the board approved of the regulations anyways.
The Director of the Health Department, Karen Hacker, stated that she “applauds” strategies such as vaping, that helps people to quit traditional smoking, but feels the regulations are necessary because vaping has not been proven to be harmless.
As of now, over 500 governmental jurisdictions from counties to states have passed similar regulations already on banning vaping devices in certain locations such as the workplace and indoor public spaces.
The Allegheny County vaping regulations do make some exceptions, and will allow vaping in casinos and some bars. It will also be allowed inside of vape shops and tobacco shops that receive 50% of their income from e-cigarette products. This means that not all public indoor spaces will be banned, but a good portion of them.
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