A 2008 ordinance that banned smoking in Manhattan, Kansas’s public places and places of employment was amended Nov. 15 to include vapor products and is now in effect.
Public buildings and those spaces which are open to the public are included in the ban, where both smoking and vaping are now strictly prohibited, according to The Kansas State Collegian, a daily newspaper at Kansas State University.
Originally, the City Clerk’s office received petitions which led to the proposal of the cigarette ban in August 2008, where tobacco smoking was not allowed in the aforementioned locations throughout the city.
At the time the ordinance was passed there was no language which mentioned the use of vapor products, so lawmakers felt that the new rule should be added to govern the smoke-free alternatives, The Collegian reports.
Michael Campbell, a physician at Lafene Health Center at Kansas State University, says that primary care physicians strongly discourage smokers from making the switch to vapor products because there are chemicals found in e-cigarettes, that like tobacco smoke, are still toxic.
Campbell’s case against vapor products is one that’s been made by many other physicians like him who make claims that vapor products are not effective in helping smokers quit, but the majority of vapers disagree.
“There is a small vaping community here; it would be sad to see that go…I know it has helped a lot of people stop smoking cigarettes,” Stanley Heeney, a 25-year-old Manhattan resident told The Collegian.
The vape ban will be enforced by the K-State Police Department and Riley Police Department in the same way cigarette smokers are warned to stop the act should they light up in public areas where the current tobacco ordinance is in effect.
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