Newport News Shipbuilding bans e-cigarettes, vaping devices on company property

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File – In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Oregon’s public health physician said Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that a person who contracted a severe respiratory illness and died after using an e-cigarette had purchased a vaping device containing marijuana oil at a state-legal dispensary. The death is the second linked by public health officials nationwide to vaping and the first linked to an e-cigarette purchased at a dispensary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Shipbuilding officials are banning electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices on company property.

Officials told 10 On Your Side the ban began on Monday, October 7. They say the new policy is the result of the “increased volume of vaping both inside and outside the shipyard and the heightened awareness of fire prevention in and around critical infrastructure and equipment.”

The decision, officials said, also aligns with their Navy customer that implemented the same policy prohibiting vaping devices and e-cigarettes on their ships.

Newport News Shipbuilding recognized the impact the new policy will have on their employees who use these products. The company offers several no cost and low-cost tobacco cessation programs to help employees stop smoking.

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