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South Dakota Could Be the Next State to Ban Vaping in Public Places

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The South Dakota House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday to prohibit vaping in public and in most places of employment.

Currently, South Dakota law prohibits vaping on Department of Corrections property and in all state vehicles, and prohibits smoking tobacco or carrying lighted tobacco products in all enclosed public places and places of employment, with a violation constituting a petty offense. The proposed bill, HB 1209, would amend the definition of “smoking” to include the use of electronic smoking devices in addition to other tobacco products.

The first version of the modern e-cigarette was patented in 1965, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It replaced burning tobacco and paper with “heated, moist, flavored air” for the purpose of providing “a safe and harmless means for and method of smoking.” A more recent innovation developed in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist gained traction as a potential product to curb cigarette use or offer an alternative to cigarettes.

In the United States, e-cigarette sales have risen rapidly since 2007. Between 2011 and 2015, the prevalence of e-cigarette use among high schoolers increased from 1.5 percent to 16 percent. In December of 2018, the National Institute for Drug Abuse issued new data showing nearly 21 percent of high school seniors had vaped a nicotine product within the last 30 days. In response, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory warning urging local authorities to increase taxes on e-cigarettes and ban vaping indoors.

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