Larry Deutsch

Proposal To Ban Vaping In Hartford Sparks Frustration, Confusion

Proposal To Ban Vaping In Hartford Sparks Frustration, Confusion

Vaping helped Javier Llantin-Cruz cut down his two-pack-a-day cigarette habit.

The 21-year-old from Hartford’s South End uses a small device filled with potent, flavored liquid to curb a yearslong tobacco addiction that he says is too costly and no longer “fashionable.”

So he was frustrated to learn that he may soon be unable to vape in his typical city spots – parks and other common areas that have become the target of a proposed ban.

“It makes no sense,” Llantin-Cruz said. “You can’t get secondhand smoke from vaping … And it’s a good thing to get into, because it’s healthier. I just don’t see why they’re trying to ban it.”

City Councilman Larry Deutsch has...

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