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Non-smoking cigarettes banned from Pa. courthouse

Friday, May 25, 2012

Some non-smokers will have to join smokers outside one western Pennsylvania county courthouse - if they want to huff and puff on electronic cigarettes that emit water vapor.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Friday that the Westmoreland County Commissioners voted to add electronic cigarettes to the courthouse's smoking ban. The ban will also include other smokeless devices that mimic cigarettes and other tobacco products that are smoked.

The commissioners moved to ban the devices after court officials complained about people using the artificial cigarettes in courtrooms.

The policy prohibits smoking in the courthouse and limits it to certain areas outside.

The courthouse is in Greensburg, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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