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Placer County Bans E-Cigarettes

Frank Franklin II / AP
 

Frank Franklin II / AP

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in county buildings and vehicles.

The county says the rule will be added to a section of the code that already prohibits smoking in buildings and vehicles that are owned or leased by the county.

County staff recommended the action, saying proactive steps are needed to protect the health and safety of county employees and the public until more is known about the potential risks created by e-cigarette vapors.

Vaping also will not be allowed within specified distances from main entrances, exits and windows that open in county buildings. Vaping will be allowed along with smoking in outdoor areas surrounding county buildings where it is not expressly prohibited by state law or local ordinance.