Proposed Expansion of Boise's Smokefree Air Act Would Ban Vaping, E-Cigarettes Where Smoking Is Prohibited 

  • Conner Jackson

In the last few years, concerns about the health impacts of vaping have climbed alongside its popularity, and in December of 2018 Yale Medicine reported that Surgeon General Jerome Adams had officially declared e-cigarette use a youth epidemic in the U.S. Now, citing similar concerns, Boise City Council Member Holli Woodings is proposing an expansion to the city's Smokefree Air Act that would ban vaping and e-cigarettes in places where smoking is currently prohibited, like Grove Plaza, Eighth Street, and within 20 feet of bus stops and schools.

The Smokefree Air Act, which passed in 2011, originally included an exemption for vaping and e-cigarettes, which were then largely unstudied. With more information, Woodings now thinks it's time to make a change.

“Protecting the health of our residents is paramount in our efforts to make Boise the most livable city in the country, and the time is right to update our ordinance,” Woodings said in a press release. “Now that we have a better understanding of these devices and their impact on public health, this exemption must be closed.”

Woodings' proposal is two-fold, calling for changes to two sections of city code, both of which will be presented to Boise City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which works to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, came out in support of Woodings' proposal, citing a 36 percent spike in overall tobacco use among youth in the past year.

“The timing is critical for policies like this, which will help to prevent a new generation of Boiseans from developing a lifelong addiction and help support and encourage those who are trying to quit," ACS CAN Idaho Government Relations Director Luke Cavener in a press release.

Find the full list of places where smoking is currently prohibited, and which could soon be off-limits for vaping, here
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