Vaping banned in public places in Gaithersburg

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As of January 1, Vaping and e-cigarettes were banned from public places in Gaithersburg.

 In October, city council voted to expand the smoking ban, making it illegal to vape on public sidewalks, in parks, in buildings, and in vehicles that are owned by the city.

 In a statement, Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman said he wants the city to be completely smoke-free,

“Smoking is a public health risk, and subjecting others to the effects of second hand smoke is contrary to our commitment to improving the health and well-being of both our residents and our employees.”

 While some agree with the new limitations, others told DCW50 the ban is excessive and unnecessary. 

Anyone caught vaping in a banned areas could face fines of at least $100.