A law that bans the use of electronic cigarettes in the same public places where smoking is prohibited is set to take effect throughout Maine this week.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the new law bans electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, in places such as restaurants, playgrounds and beaches where traditional cigarettes have already been prohibited. The new Maine law goes into effect on Thursday, Oct. 15.

In the AP story, Maine House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, a Skowhegan Democrat, says the law is "a matter of public health." McCabe added the law will prevent children, seniors and others who are sensitive to smoke and vapor from exposure to them.

Maine restaurants went smoke-free in 2004 and other areas followed five years later.

Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine and use a battery-powered vaporizer to turn liquid containing nicotine into vapor.

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