NPS Announces Ban on E-Cigarettes
According to an article posted on The Grind yesterday, September 15th, the National Park Service has announced an immediate ban on electronic cigarette use anywhere smoking is currently prohibited. Take a look at this:
According to The Washington Times, National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis issued a policy memorandum on Monday stating, “Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one of the most critical duties of the National Park Service. We are therefore extending the restrictions currently in place protecting visitors and employees from exposure to tobacco smoke to include exposure to vapor from electronic smoking devices.”
Additionally the ban includes all facilities and vehicles that are government owned or leased, as well as park concession facilities.
The use of e-cigs, otherwise known as vaping, generates a cloud of vapor like smoke with each exhale. The vapor does contain nicotine, reportedly at a level roughly one-tenth of that found in second-hand smoke.
Just something to keep in mind when you’re headed to one of our nation’s national parks.
(photo via medicaldaily.com)