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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,

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