Snellville bans vaping in city-owned buildings, parks

Snellville has banned vaping in city-owned buildings, parks and other spaces.

The city already had a smoking ban for these areas, but added vaping to the ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting. The move is intended to provide more uniformity in the ban as vaping becomes more common, Mayor Barbara Bender said in a work session.

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This follows Snellville’s move to temporarily ban new vape shops in the city, passed Oct. 14. No new stores that make at least a quarter of their revenue from vaping products or dedicate a quarter of their floor space to vaping products will be able to open for the next year. The city chose to enact a yearlong moratorium instead of a permanent ban in order to observe whether new state regulations would be passed.

Cities in Gwinnett and other parts of metro Atlanta have taken similar actions regarding vaping as health problems have become associated with the practice. As of Oct. 22, 34 people had died in 24 states, including two in Georgia, due to medical issues associated with vaping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lilburn permanently banned new vape shops from opening in the city in June, and Alpharetta placed further restrictions on vaping in its Monday meeting.

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