Colorado bill to ban vaping clears first hearing |

Colorado bill to ban vaping clears first hearing

Colorado Sun via The Associated Press
FILE - In this March 2, 2011, file photo, a sales associate demonstrates the use of an electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo. Cannabis advocates are watching closely as Colorado lawmakers consider limits on where e-cigarettes can be used in an effort to combat rising teen use of nicotine-containing vaping devices. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
Ed Andrieski

A bill to ban vaping in public spaces where smoking isn’t allowed has cleared its first Colorado House committee hearing.

The bill would add electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act. E-cigarettes heat a nicotine solution into a vapor that’s inhaled.

The Colorado Sun reports the House Health & Insurance Committee sent the bill by a 10-1 vote Wednesday to the full House for debate.

Marijuana advocates worried the law would put vape and cigar shops out of business. Lawmakers approved amendments to exclude shops that allow smoking under local ordinances. Cannabis social clubs also would be excluded.

U.S. health officials consider the growth in youth using e-cigarettes an epidemic. A Colorado study suggests 27 percent of minors use the devices.

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