Public hearing to be on bill that would ban e-cigarettes on school grounds


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    AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine lawmakers will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a bill to ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds.

    State law already prohibits e-cigarettes in the same public places where smoking is not allowed like restaurants, playgrounds, and beaches.

    State Senator Rebecca Millett's bill would apply to e-cigarettes, vape pens, cigars and pipes.

    Tuesday’s public hearing is at 1 p.m.

    This comes as public health officials blame a national spike in teen tobacco use on vaping and e-cigarettes.

    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says e-cigarette use among high schoolers jumped by nearly 80 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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