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New e-cig law in Lincoln won't be enforced immediately
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New e-cig law in Lincoln won't be enforced immediately

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A man exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.

A new Lincoln ordinance prohibiting vaping at work or inside public places goes into effect Wednesday, but the city doesn't plan to immediately issue citations.

For at least a few months, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will respond to all complaints of alleged vaping violations by providing educational materials, according to a release from the city.

The ordinance change follows a unanimous vote by the City Council on Dec. 16 to include vapor products in Lincoln's city code.

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $500 and court costs for third and subsequent offenses.

Many restaurants, bars and workplaces already prohibit vaping inside, and this ordinance formalizes those policies, David Humm, health promotion manager for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, told the City Council before its vote.

Lincoln is the second city in Nebraska to ban vaping indoors after Grand Island enacted its ban in September.

The council's action added vaping to the city's indoor smoking ban, enacted in 2004.

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