Proposed legislation limits vaping, smoking in Nassau parks

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Vaping may soon be banned at parks, beaches and other public places in Nassau County under a new plan.

Nassau Legislator Deborah Mule, along with other Nassau county officials, introduced legislation that would ban smoking and vaping in Nassau parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and county buildings.

Smoking and vaping would be allowed 50 feet from the entrance or in a parking lot.

Legislators say the proposed law was fueled by an outbreak of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. On Thursday, a vaping-related death was reported in Connecticut.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is seeing an outbreak of illnesses and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes, with 18 vaping deaths confirmed in 15 states.

The proposed law, which goes to the full Legislature by the end of the month, includes a $250 fine and excludes golf courses - smoking and vaping will still be allowed there.

 

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