The National Park Service already prohibits smoking inside its buildings and in many outdoor spots included in its many miles of landholdings, and now vaping with an e-cigarette will be banned as well: the agency announced Monday that e-cigs can’t be used anywhere traditional smoking is already prohibited.
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jervis announced the new policy, calling it a step to safeguard people’s health, according to U.S. News & World Report.
“Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one of the most critical duties of the National Park Service,” Jarvis said. “We are therefore extending the restrictions currently in place protecting visitors and employees from exposure to tobacco smoke to include exposure to vapor from electronic smoking devices.”
Park service employees were clued in last week, in a memo that cites disputed findings about the risks of secondhand vapor inhalation, and e-cigarettes emitting formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.
The new policy was introduced “out of an abundance of caution in light of the scientific findings and uncertainty to date, and in the interest of equity,” the memo to employees read.