BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The Bernardsville Borough Council was slated to open a public hearing Tuesday night on an ordinance that would prohibit vaping in public places in the community at its public meeting.

A section of the borough code currently prohibits smoking in municipal buildings, parks, playgrounds, recreation areas and vehicles. That code would be amended and supplemented to include the prohibition of the use of electronic smoking devices (vaping) in the same areas.

The amendment defines an electronic smoking device as "any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol from the product."

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The ordinance, which was introduced at the last council meeting on Oct. 28, states that "vaping, like smoking, constitutes a health hazard so the governing body would like to also prohibit vaping in those public places."

In October, the council adopted an ordinance that prohibits retail vape shops in the borough, citing, among other statistics, a report from the FDA that the use of electronic smoking devices among high school students increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 2018.