Barber said the desire for the ban was driven by aesthetics as well as health. "We have fishing areas and scenic trails that we want to keep free of cigarette litter," he said. Vaping advocates argue that e-cigarettes are not combustible, so second-hand smoke does not pose a health threat. Barber told the Times Union the ban was focused on protecting children from second-hand smoke as well as the temptation to smoke themselves. And he disagrees that e-cigarettes are harmless to the non-users who are in the vicinity of vaping. "Children watch and observe, and vaping might look like something they would want to do someday," Barber says. "And the aerosol from electronic cigarettes can contain nicotine and other carcinogens that can be inhaled by people sharing the park. E-cigarettes are just not consistent with a family-friendly park." The new law imposes a $50 fine for the first violation, while repeat offenders could find themselves paying $200-$500. "We don't need the revenue from the fines," Barber said, adding that he was confident locals would comply with the ban. The nonprofit group Capital District Tobacco Free Communities praised the ban. "Soon, all park visitors, both human and canine, will be able to breathe easier as they enjoy walking, playing, swimming, cross-country skiing, picnicking and all the other activities the town parks support," the group said in a statement.
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