OMAHA, Nebraska - Several Nebraska cities are taking steps after an outbreak of illnesses associated with e-cigarette or vaping use.
Grand Island banned vaping in public three weeks ago stating it was a health hazard and a danger to the public. Last week, the mayor of Kearney asked city staff to explore the pros and cons of a similar ordinance.
On Tuesday WOWT 6 News asked Omaha City Council members if they planned to do the same. Their reaction wasn't as severe. Council President Chris Jerram told 6 News, “I think it’s better to have a state-wide policy on that. As I read the Indoor Clean Air Act, I think vaping would be included in that, but there are some who disagree with that.”
The council members 6 News talked to stated they were worried about younger people vaping products on the black market and getting sick.
There have been 11 vaping related illness cases in Nebraska. The CDC is asking people to not use those products, including those that contain THC.