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Maine Senate approves ban on e-cigs from schools

The proposal includes a prohibition on electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic hookahs or vape pens.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate has voted in support of a proposal to ban electronic smoking devices from schools in the state.

The Senate's approval came Thursday, a day after a committee unanimously supported the proposal by Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth. The proposal includes a prohibition on electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic hookahs or vape pens.

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Maine Democrats say the proposal was inspired in part by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement from last year that said e-cigarette use among teenagers in America was growing to the point of becoming an epidemic.

The bill will face addition votes in the Senate and the Maine House of Representatives.