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Anti-Tobacco Legislation To Negatively Impact Vaping In Nation’s Capital

Vaping will soon be made illegal where smoking is already prohibited in Washington D.C., as plans to enact more stringent limitations on vapor product use are being considered by the District’s mayor.

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, has recently signed legislation that prohibits the use of vapor products inside public spaces where smoking is already banned. These establishments include, bars, restaurants and work places, although vaping and smoking at outdoor patios is still allowed, according to The Washington Post.

vape_darkIn concerted efforts to limit the use and purchasing of vapor products in D.C., Bowser plans to sign off on some of the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the country with plans to increase the smoking age to 21 and regulate e-cigarettes like conventional tobacco products.

A spokesman at the mayor’s office says that in addition to increasing the age to purchase all tobacco products from 18 to 21, Bowser will also sign bills designed to crack down on the use of chewing tobacco at Nationals Park and other sporting events, The Post reports.

“This legislation will build on previous Administration efforts to promote healthy and active lifestyles and improve health outcomes for District residents for years to come, especially among our youth who often become overly exposed to tobacco products at an early age,” Bowser spokesman Kevin Harris said in a statement.

The prohibition on public vaping can become binding as early as next year, following a 30-day congressional review period, with the chewing tobacco ban likely to be set in place for the next baseball season.

To read more, click here for the Washington Post article.