Indoor e-cigarette ban amended, advanced

Electronic smoking devices would be banned inside public buildings under a bill advanced from general file Thursday. 
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Electronic smoking devices would be banned inside public buildings under a bill advanced from general file Thursday.

LB840, introduced by Grand Island Senator Dan Quick, would amend the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act to prohibit use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor.

After concerns the bill could hurt vape shops, the bill was amended to exempt licensed retail outlets that sell vaping products. Opponents said most fatalities from vaping were caused by people vaping marijuana, not the cartridges sold by regulated stores. Other opponents said the definition of electronic smoking device was too broad and could include humidifiers or aerosol products used in public.

One supporter, Omaha Senator Machaela Cavanaugh, said secondhand vapor could be harmful to some people, including those with asthma.

The committee amendment was adopted 29-4 and lawmakers advanced LB840 to select file on a vote of 31-2.

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