Council bans e-cigarettes and vaping in Shoreline parks
On October 7, City Council adopted Ordinance No 867, which prohibits the use of e-cigarette and vaping devices in any Shoreline park area, trail, athletic field, or recreation facility. This follows legislation adopted in 2012 prohibiting the use of tobacco in any of those areas. Shoreline parks are intended for the healthy enjoyment of all residents, including children. Using tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping products is inconsistent with creating a healthy environment for all to enjoy.
As part of the City’s efforts to become a healthy city, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 630 in 2012 prohibiting tobacco use in any Shoreline park area. Since then, the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, vaping) has grown, especially in middle school and high school-aged youth. Staff have also noticed an increase in e-cigarette and vaping usage in parks and in recreation facilities in recent years.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Surgeon General have issued advisories on e-cigarette use among youth because the presence of nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm brain development in children, teens, and young adults, impacting learning, memory, and attention. Other concerns with e-cigarettes include the increased risk for future addiction to other drugs and injury from combustive battery failures. The Surgeon General has also stated that e-cigarettes can potentially expose bystanders to harmful substances, including heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled in the lungs.