MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County lawmakers are looking to ban the use of e-cigarettes at county parks.
Currently, there is no law that stops residents from using vaping products inside parks or at beaches and playgrounds. However, if the county adopts the proposal, soon people will not be allowed to vape in any public area where families gather.
Anyone caught using an e-cigarette would face a hefty fine.
Lawmakers say the ban is once again to discourage children from using vaping products as a surge of children and teens continue to become addicted to nicotine.
“In our exam rooms, we care for teens – of which approximately 30% vape. We have written letters to schools as 12-year-olds have to be allowed to chewed nicotine replacement gum because they become addicted to vaping and will suffer nicotine withdrawal symptoms if they’re not allowed to chew,” said Dr. Shetal Shah.
Under the proposal, people could still vape at county golf courses.
Though, Dr. Shah notes that secondhand vaping could also be dangerous and that people should be cautious.
“There are traces of heavy metals and a lot of other things which are known to be toxins for lungs in the second hand vapor smoke as well – while that is an area of further study in terms of its health danger impact – we do know that even within the vapor it is not benign,” Dr. Shah said.