Miami-Dade bans electronic cigarettes inside county buildings

02/04/2014 5:17 PM

02/05/2014 7:32 AM

Electronic cigarettes will no longer be welcome inside Miami-Dade County and Jackson Health System buildings.

County commissioners unanimously signed off Tuesday on a measure prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in indoor workplaces. The ban includes buildings overseen by the Public Health Trust that oversees Jackson hospital.

E-cigarettes have been marketed in part as a way to wean regular smokers off tobacco, Vice-Chairwoman Lynda Bell noted.

But the resolution’s sponsor, Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, said the government does not have enough evidence to say the vapor emitted by e-cigarettes is not harmful.

“I had several folks bring this up, that they felt very uncomfortable about people using these e-cigarettes in different government buildings where obviously no smoking was allowed,” Zapata said.

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