Michigan area Ingham County has banned the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products from the buildings owned or operated by the county.
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners have unanimously agreed to ban e-cigarettes, effective immediately, according to a news release from the Ingham County Health Department.
The ban extends to all smoking devices that produce vapour from nicotine and other substances.
E-cigarettes have joined cigarettes as an outlawed product in Michigan public places. The state’s health code hasn’t previously banned e-cig as they were deemed too new, said county officials.
Vaping is currently facing strong regulation all over the US. A Manhattan Court recently upheld a decision to ban e-cigs in January. And now, Ingham County has joined them in banning e-cigs from public spaces.
“The early research strongly suggests potential harmful effects, and we are being proactive to protect people from second-hand exposure,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said.
However, the “early research” is largely contradictive of the majority of mainstream science, with several large groups pointing out that vaping is significantly better for health than smoking in a variety of ways and helps people quit.
Another study has found no e-cig DNA damage and respected health body Public Health England has urged employers to let vapers vape in the workplace to help them quit.