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Kearney to study ban on vaping in public places

Posted at 3:21 PM, Sep 26, 2019

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Kearney’s mayor has asked city staffers to study whether vaping is a threat to public health and should be banned from public places in the city.

The Kearney Hub reports that Mayor Stan Clouse made the request at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. He mentioned Grand Island’s ban on vaping in public places and Kearney Public Schools barring vaping devices from school property.

He told the Kearney Hub after the meeting that he’s not a fan of “too much government,” but said: “If the schools are worried about vaping, maybe we should be too.”

Public health experts have been trying to determine what’s causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes. The ailment has sickened at least 530 people and killed nine.