Proposed Guam law would ban 'vaping' in bars, restaurants, other public places

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Answering the call of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and local stakeholders to include electronic smoking devices in Guam’s smoke-free laws, Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz has introduced Bill No. 198-34 (COR), a measure that would expand the Natasha Protection Act of 2005 by prohibiting the use of ESDs in workplaces, bars, restaurants, and other public establishments.

“Vaping is a choice. Breathing isn’t,” said Cruz. “No one who visits a public place should be forced to inhale potentially dangerous chemicals as the price of admission.”

While the electronic cigarette industry portrays itself as a “healthier alternative” to traditional cigarettes, public health officials contend there are numerous risks associated with the increasingly popular form of “smoking:”