Vaping has become more popular. On the streets of Denver, or occasionally at familygatherings, you can see people vape. But there is one place you don’t expect to see it is inside the State Capitol. However, that was not the case inside a State Committee meeting room on January 22, 2018. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Sen. Daniel Kagan cautiously vaped as he presided over the meeting.
“As far as I know, I don’t violate any laws,” Kagan said. “I always ask for permission.” No state law prohibits vaping inside the State Capitol. In fact, state law doesn’t prohibit vaping outside schools. “Well I don’t think it is ideal, but vaping has been a lifesaver for me. I had been a smoker for decades,” Kagan said. Kagan added the vape helped control his urge to smoke cigarettes. The vaping story at the Capitol took place after the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reported vape could result in an increase in smoking.
“It is not good for you,” said Dr. Mark Montano, a physician at Health One Colorado. Montano said the studies on the long-term side effects of vape are still out — but inhaling nicotine is still nicotine. “Children may think it’s a safe choice, but actually it is as addictive as a traditional cigarette,” Montano said.
As for Kagan, he said he would try to stop vaping at the Capitol but he made no promises. His vape does not seem to bother anyone. Republicans gave Kagan, a Democrat, permission to vape inside the State Judiciary Committee.
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