As a family nurse practitioner, I was glad to support a bill to protect Mainers from e-cigarette vapor. The bill is now law and will go into effect later this year.

The new law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where smoking cigarettes is already banned. That means parents won’t have to worry that their kids will be exposed to dangerous chemicals while eating out or going to the movies.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, e-cigarette vapor contains high concentrations of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Keeping chemicals out of the air we breathe in public spaces will protect families from discomfort and potential harm. It’s a smart public health move, and Mainers have a tradition of supporting smoke-free public places.

Thank you to my colleague, Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, for sponsoring this important measure to protect the health of Mainers and to my fellow lawmakers for supporting its passage.

Rep. Christine Burstein

D-Lincolnville