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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County health officials are considering a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping in public places.

The Snohomish Health District says it wants to prevent growing use among teens and to protect people against potential risks of second-hand exposure. It says vapor products aren’t largely unregulated.

KING-TV reports that King, Pierce, Grant and Clark counties already ban e-cigarette smoking in public.

Vape shop owners say the products help smokers quit. Vape shop owner Joe Baba says a ban on public vaping would cause several vape shops to close because it would outlaw taste-testing.

The health district is taking public comments this month.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com