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January 9th, 2020
Senator Quick introduces bill to include electronic delivery systems in the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act
Statement from Senator Quick
LINCOLN, NE – This week, State Senator Dan Quick introduced LB 840, a bill which would add electronic nicotine delivery systems in the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act. This addition would prohibit the use of these devices, such as e-cigarettes and vapor products, in public places and workplaces. During the 2019 legislative session, Senator Quick introduced and passed the bill which regulated electronic nicotine delivery systems in Nebraska and raised the age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 19. Quick also introduced an interim study to examine health concerns and secondhand exposure related to the public use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, where public health experts testified that the aerosol vapor these products produce can be harmful.
Last summer, the CDC reported that over 2,500 individuals were hospitalized, and fifty five people have died from injuries related to the use of vapor products. This outbreak of severe lung illnesses confirmed concerns Senator Quick raised on the floor of the legislature about health hazards related to vaping.
“Last year, we were able to raise the age to purchase these products and regulate them in a way we hadn’t before. After we adjourned, we started hearing reports of the vaping epidemic across the country. These products are hazardous to your health, and I’m proud to have led Nebraska’s fight against underage use of these devices. Including these products in our Clean Indoor Air Act is the right thing to do to keep our citizens safe and healthy,” Senator Quick said.