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Brentwood bans e-cigarettes in workplaces, public spaces

| Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Don't vape in Brentwood Borough public spaces and workplaces.

Brentwood Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that prohibits most e-cigarettes from being smoked in public spaces and in work spaces in the municipality.

If found using an e-cigarette, the user could be cited and fined as much as $250, said police Chief Adam Zeppuhar.

“I was by the high school and saw some ninth- and 10th-graders looking at vaping signs,” Councilman John Frombach said. “These kids are being encouraged.”

“They are marketing candy-flavored nicotine,” Councilman A.J. Doyle added.

The ordinance, adopted at council's May 29 meeting, requires employers within the borough to have a policy prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes within 30 days. This requires the posting of signs prohibiting smoking on site along with any applicable regulations from the Allegheny County Department of Health.

“E-cigarettes are being marketed through mass media, social media, and celebrity endorsements and may re-normalize and glamorize smoking behaviors,” the ordinance said.

Commercial businesses that have obtained a waiver or license to allow tobacco smoking will be exempt. Also exempt are e-cigarette businesses whose vapors don't migrate into public areas and who don't serve food to customers, the ordinance said.

“They are causing lung issues,” Frombach said.

The ordinance also prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. Minors are also prohibited into going into a business where e-cigarettes are used.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com.

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