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Westminster council to vote on vaping ban proposal at Monday meeting; public comments welcomed

The Westminster Common Council is scheduled to vote in its Monday meeting on a proposal to ban the use of e-cigarettes in some public areas.

The meeting — to be held at 7 p.m. in City Hall, at 1838 Emerald Lane — will include time for members of the public to comment on the proposal.

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The proposal would restrict vaping in ways similar to existing statewide rules against smoking tobacco in public places.

The Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 was intended to limit the exposure to indoor tobacco smoke by prohibiting smoking in indoor areas open to the public, specifically including public meeting places, public transportation vehicles and indoor places of employment. The law excludes some hotel/motel rooms and businesses set up specifically for the sale of tobacco.

Westminster residents may also send comments including a name and address to the care of City Clerk Shannon Visocsky at svisocsky@westgov.com.

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