Advertisement

Austin Local News

News > News > Austin Local News > Vaping now banned in public in Austin

Vaping now banned in public in Austin

(Photo Shutterstock/Rommel Canlas)

 

Austin City Council adds electronic cigarettes or vaping to it's anti-smoking ban. Travis County Central Health Director Doctor Phil Huang (Wong) applauds the measure. "I think this is something good for public health..

Dr. Huang says the steamlike vapor from E-cigarettes contains harmful substances." These have not been proven to be safe and there's a lot of concerns regarding the number of youths that have been picking this up and getting addicted to nicotine."

Council passed the measure on consent. Dr Huang dismisses claims by proponents that vaping is safer than regular cigarettes, saying there is so much unknown about them. He believes the ban will be easily accepted by people. "I think people are pretty much used to that. There's restrictions on regular smoking at the same places you can't use E-cigarettes."

Austin's original smoking ban went into effect in 2005. 

(Credit: Austin Independent School District) The Austin school district is trying to clear up some confusion over...
The U.S. Marshals have received and taken custody of an Austin business owner at the International Airport in...
The storm and flooding we experienced Sat., Sept. 22 caused damage to the City’s main water supply line. Public...
Heavy rain overnight has caused the South Fork of the San Gabriel River to flood, closing parks and causing some...
Crews are on the scene of a train derailment in Williamson County off of County Road 201. According to the...