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Indoor ‘vaping’ could be banned in Prince George’s County

UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all places where smoking is prohibited — except at the forthcoming MGM casino resort.

The bill passed in the Prince George’s County Council Tuesday by an 8-1 vote. Council member Todd Turner, who introduced the bill, says the bill’s aim is to limit people’s exposure to the vapor, similar to measures against public tobacco smoking that seek to limit secondhand smoke exposure.

An amendment proposed by council member Derrick Leon Davis exempts National Harbor’s new MGM National Harbor casino from the ban, a move he says protects future businesses in the county. The casino is expected to open in the summer.

If approved, the ban would go into effect early next year.