Using tobacco or electronic nicotine devices, known as e-cigarettes, in enclosed public spaces will be prohibited under new rules proposed by Yellowstone County’s RiverStone Board of Health.  KTVQ.com reports the Board has also proposed preventing people from smoking within 30-feet of any opening to a public building, including entryways, windows or ventilation systems.  The rule change is based on Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act, to protect the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, including vapor from e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The Montana CIAA already prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces.  The RiverStone Board of Health sets public health policy for Yellowstone County and has broad authority to develop and implement local rules to improve public health.  The Board and its policy subcommittee have worked for a year to draft the new rules regarding nicotine.