Bill banning vaping in public among 4 measures signed into law

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (file photo)

It is now against the law to smoke e-cigarettes in public places where tobacco smoking is already banned.

That was among the four bills signed into law Tuesday by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

Sen. Amanda Shelton’s measure expands the definition of the Natasha Protection Act to include a ban on vaping in public spaces.

Back when she was a senator, the governor authored the original Natasha Protection Act of 2005. In a news release issued after she signed the bill yesterday, the governor said: “While e-cigarettes are often branded as a cessation aid, individual choices should not endanger those in public spaces or their children.”

Sen. Shelton, in her own release, said “updating the Natasha Protection Act to include new devices is common sense. Everyone should have the choice to be able to breathe air that is free from vaping aerosols.”

The governor also signed Sen. Therese Terlaje’s Bill 187-35 into law. It is now Public Law 35-49. The new law adopts rules and regulations for the Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners, implementing ethical standards and codes of conduct.

The governor thanked Sen. Terlaje for elevating the ethical and professional standards which govern allied health professional on Guam.

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes’ Bill 152-35 establishes the Guam Film Office under the Guam Educational Telecommunications Corporation (PBS Guam). It is now Public Law 35-48.

“I am pleased that the Speaker recognized that after seven years of dormancy, changes needed to be made to the Guam Film Office,” the governor said.

Another measure introduced by Sen. Shelton was also signed into law, Bill 80-35, which sets new renewable energy goals for the Guam Power Authority. It is now Public Law 35-46.

“I also appreciate Senator Shelton’s commitment to preserving our energy through renewable energy,” said the governor.