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Electronic cigarettes banned in ALL America’s national parks

Electronic cigarettes have been banned in America’s national parks, the National Park Service announced on Monday.

The policy, effective immediately, prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in all areas where tobacco smoking is banned in the country’s 408 national parks, according to the Washington Times.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in their efforts to protect the health and safety of visitors and employees, they are extending restrictions on tobacco smoke to include vapor from electronic smoking devices.

‘Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one of the most critical duties of the National Park Service,’ Jarvis said.

‘We are therefore extending the restrictions currently in place protecting visitors and employees from exposure to tobacco smoke to include exposure to vapor from electronic smoking devices.’

Under the new policy, e-cigarettes are banned within all national mark concession facilities and all facilities and vehicles that are government-leased or owned, according to the Washington Times.

The National Park Service also noted that vapor exhaled from e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) contains about one-tenth the nicotine that is found in second-hand smoke.

‘Nicotine is highly addictive, toxic to developing fetuses and impairs fetal brain and lung development,’ the National Park Service said.

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