New rules that would regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco cigarettes go into effect Monday in Clark County, Washington.
The new ordinance prohibits smoking e-cigarettes in public places. One exception to the law is that e-cigs can be smoked in dedicated vaping shops.
Theresa Cross, health educator, with the Clark County Public Health Department, said one hope is to curb the rising use of e-cigs among young people.
“The second hand vapor that comes off of these devices is not just simply water vapor," she said. "It does contain toxic substances and those are harmful to human health. Not to the degree second hand smoke from a lit cigarette would be, but it is harmful and we’re wanting to protect the public’s health.”
Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a law that bans the sale of e-cigs to minors and prohibits use in indoor public places.
The portion of the law that prohibits selling e-cigs to minors went into effect immediately. The indoor vaping portion goes into effect January 1, 2016.