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Proposed law would ban vaping where smoking is already prohibited

Wisconsin (WQOW) – A state bill to ban vaping from anywhere smoking is banned could be going up in smoke.

The Republican leaders of two legislative committees assigned to consider the proposal said this week they have no plans to move it forward and want to leave the decision on whether to ban vaping up to business owners.

Doctor William Haselow, with HSHS Sacred Heart, said vaping and e-cigarettes are a relatively new phenomenon and there is not a lot of research on what all the dangers of vaping are.

That is why he wants lawmakers to err on the side of caution.

“Why put people at risk when you don’t know what they’re risking? So, I’d be in support of the bill. I think there’s a public health safety matter until we know more about this,” Haselow said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, so far in 2019, there have been 82 confirmed cases of vaping-related illnesses in the state and 37 confirmed deaths across 24 states.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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