BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — A new law in Beloit went into effect today governing where vapers can use e-cigarettes in public.
It’s now illegal for anyone to use e-cigarettes in the same areas where traditional cigarettes are prohibited.
Anyone under 18 is now prohibited from buying or being in possession of an e-cigarette.
The forfeiture for a minor in possession of an e-cigarette device is $50 plus court costs; the fine for all other violations is $100 plus court costs.
This comes after five Beloit Memorial High School students pitched the idea to city leaders earlier this year.
The city voted in favor of the ban last Tuesday.
The students said they hope the move will educate more people on the risks connected to e-cigarettes.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed 32 cases of lung disease connected to vaping and the City of Milwaukee Health Department has been warning about the impacts of e-cigarettes with 16 individuals being hospitalized with chemical pneumonia due to vaping.
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