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County mulls indoors vape ban

Every day, it seems, there are more of them: Vapers, huddled in doorways, strolling the sidewalks and sometimes indoors, sipping their e-cigs and exhaling blooms of odorless smoke. The rapid rise of “vaping” – electronic cigarettes – has local health officials concerned. Little is known about the health effects of vaping or of breathing secondhand vapor. While some argue that they are a safer alternative to cigarettes, and that they might help smokers quit, the devices may also work in the reverse direction: Helping ease young people into nicotine addiction. A recent survey by the Spokane Regional Health District found that 26 percent of Spokane sophomores had used an e-cigarette,some of which taste like fruit or candy. That’s far more than the percentage who had smoked a smelly, old-fashioned one/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Do you consider vaping to be a safe alternative to cigarette smoking?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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