Ordinance banning vaping in public places goes into effect in Mesa

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 01: In this photo illustration the owner of a shop that sells electronic cigarettes demonstrates how to use one on March 1, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Mesa's new vaping ordinance, which coincides with the city's existing smoking regulations, is now in effect.

The ordinance was approved last December and bans vaping in public places in Mesa, where smoking is also banned.

“There has been extensive research regarding the negative health effects of vaping and inhaling second-hand vapors that led the Mesa City Council to support changing our smoking ordinance to include vaping,” Mayor John Giles said. “I’m proud that Mesa is joining the growing number of cities nationwide taking action to protect the public.”

The new rules will not impact a person's ability to use or buy vaping products.