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Carmel votes to ban e-cigarettes from most public places

Posted at 2:03 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 14:09:02-04

CARMEL — After a few delays, Carmel officially included e-cigarettes in the city’s smoking code Monday night, banning e-cigarettes in most public places.

The new ordinance added “any E-cigarette or similar device” under the definitions of smoke or smoking.

This means you won’t be able to use e-cigarettes in most public places in Carmel. Anywhere smoking is currently not allowed, e-cigarettes will also be not allowed.

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Carmel High School resource officer Shane VanNatter discussed e-cigarettes at the City Council meeting on May 20.

“This is not a Carmel problem, this is a nationwide problem,” he said at the time. “But we need to address it here.”

Here are a few of the places the ban extends to:

  • Parking structures
  • Bars
  • Elevators
  • Hotels
  • Public restrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Schools and school buses
  • Theaters

Anybody who violates the smoking ban e-cigarettes or otherwise, could face a $50 fine on the first offense. Any subsequent offenses could increase the fine to $500.