National Park Service (NPS) officials have proposed a ban prohibiting the use of all vapor products throughout the country’s parks with claims that the vapor exhaled by users is still dangerous to passersby.
Consideration for the ban comes at a time when the U.S. surgeon general and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both issued warnings regarding the safety of vapor products and the potentially harmful effects they have on the health of those people who use them.
NPS officials want to amend the rule governing cigarette use in national parks throughout the country to include vapor products. This rule grants park superintendents with the ability to issue partial or full bans on tobacco use in parks and has not been changed since 1983, according to The Hill.
Reports gathered by the CDC that show cases where vape devices have caught fire and caused bodily harm to users also led to the proposed ban, according to NPS officials.
“Acting out of an abundance of caution in light of the scientific findings and uncertainty to date, and in the interest of equity, the purpose of this proposed rule is to afford all NPS employees and park visitors the same protections from exposure to nicotine and other harmful substances that may be found in ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) vapor,” the NPS said in its proposal.
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