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Health District to discuss proposed vaping ban

The Spokane Regional Health District’s board will discuss whether to prohibit the use of vaping devices in indoor public places and work sites when it meets Thursday.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at the health district offices, 1101 W. College Ave., Room 140.

The board will take public testimony on the proposal, which would extend enforcement of the current law against smoking in indoor public places and work places to the use of vaping devices, also known as e-cigarettes.

Five other Washington counties have restricted the use of vaping devices where smoking is prohibited. Health officials say vaping in public promotes nicotine use and exposes bystanders to second-hand vapor.

However, the Washington Vape Association wants the health district to continue to allow the use of e-cigarettes in retail vaping stores open to individuals 18 and older.