SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland city council voted unanimously to ban e-cigarettes from public property Monday.
The city already bans other tobacco products in certain parts of the city.
Councilors say this new ban is aimed at preventing teens and young adults from smoking.
The ordinance bans all tobacco products, including e-cigarette vaporizers, from parks, beaches, playgrounds and school bus stops where they say children are at the most.
The council voted 7-0 on the new amendment Monday night, which extended the city’s tobacco free policy currently in effect.
E-cigarettes vaporize flavored water instead of burning tobacco but it still contains nicotine.
Councilors say it can serve as a gateway for teens to pick up a smoking habit.
The amendments will go into effect on Nov. 7 and carry fines as high as $500.