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Springfield To Outlaw Vaping Where Tobacco Smoking Is Prohibited


   Officials in the third-largest city in Massachusetts are set to put restrictions on where e-cigarettes can be used.  

    The City Council in Springfield is scheduled to take a final vote Monday to enact an ordinance outlawing e-cigarette use, or vaping as it is known, anywhere tobacco smoking is currently prohibited.

    City Councilor Mike Fenton introduced the proposed ordinance earlier this year.

    "As vaping has become more common, I have come to believe it is a nuisance and as a public nuisance I believe it should be restricted in the same way tobacco usage is," Fenton stated.

    The vaping regulations come as Massachusetts is preparing to raise the age limit to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21,

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.