SANTA FE – New Mexico is preparing to impose new restrictions on vaping indoors and levy a new tax on the liquid used in e-cigarettes.
The laws come as the state faces an explosion in the number of young people puffing on electronic cigarettes and legislators debate how to regulate the growing industry.
Starting June 14, the state will add vaping and e-cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban. Anywhere smoking is banned, vaping will be, too, including movie theaters, offices and restaurants.
In July, a 12.5% tax on the liquid used in e-cigarettes will go into effect as part of broader changes to the state tax code.
Sandra Adondakis, New Mexico government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said the indoor restrictions will help protect people from secondhand vapors.
There’s also evidence, she said, that fewer kids use tobacco products when public bans are in place.
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