Maryland lawmaker wants to ban e-cigarettes in public places

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Maryland lawmaker Wednesday introduced a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes or "vaping" in public places.

“Would you rather breathe in clean air or do you want to breathe in air that's been vaped?” Del. Aruna Miller, a Democrat representing Montgomery County, said. “It may be safer from a previous product like tobacco, but that doesn't mean it's safe for everyone.”

Opponents however contend that e-cigarettes and vaping are not like smoking tobacco products. Toan Nguyen, owner of D.C. Vapor, spoke out against the measure.

“It doesn’t emit any cigarette hand smoke,” Nguyen said. “It’s helped my friends and my family quit smoking and that’s made them I guess healthier.

Aruna stood by the fact that little research has been conducted about the e-cigarette phenomenon. Additionally, e-cigarette products are not regulated by the FDA.

“Until we know greater information about secondhand vaping, I think it’s better to err on the side of public safety and health,” Aruna said. 

ABC2 News conducted its own research on e-cigarettes. Read: Are e-cigarettes, vaping safe?  

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