SOUTH PORTLAND — The use of electronic smoking devices, or “vaping,” is on track to be banned in the city’s public parks and recreational facilities.

City councilors embraced with the idea during a workshop Monday evening and they’re expected to vote Oct. 3 on a first reading of a proposed amendment to the city’s tobacco-free parks ordinance, said interim City Manager Don Gerrish.

“With the advent and sale of new smoking devices, it’s more difficult to uphold the current ordinance when a person is using a device not listed,” said parks Director Kevin Adams in a memo to Gerrish.

Councilors also asked Gerrish to investigate whether the proposed amendment could be expanded to prohibit smoking at school and municipal bus stops.


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