Indiana Bill Seeks to Ban Vaping in Public Spaces

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A new bill in the U.S. state of Indiana’s senate hopes to ban e-cigarettes and vapes inside public places.

Senate Bill 1561 has passed the senate executive committee and now heads to the full senate for further consideration.

The smoke-free Illinois act was passed in 2007. It prevents people from smoking within 15 feet of entrances and requires no smoking signs to be posted in public spaces, reports WCIA.

But since vaping has become popular, Sen. Julie Morrison wants to make sure e-cigarettes and vapes are included.

A doctor with OSF Healthcare says this could help prevent secondhand smoke from being in public air.

The governor of Indiana signed a bill last year that included provisions cutting the 25 percent tax that wholesalers were to be charged for closed-system vaping devices to 15 percent.