Vaping in public spaces now illegal

THE AIR WE BREATHE: Genevieve Leon Guerrero Garrett calls on senators to pass Bill 138-35, which would reduce public vaping, by placing similar restrictions currently made on cigarette smoking. Garrett's daughter, Natasha Leon Guerrero Perez, is the girl whose health condition brought attention to secondhand smoking and its dangers in local buildings, restaurants and other places. The Natasha Protection Act of 2005 was named after her.  Photo screenshot of Guam Legislature's YouTube channel.

Those who smoke e-cigarettes, or vape, can no longer do so in public spaces. 

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed Bill 138-35 into law on Tuesday. The new law expands the definition of the Natasha Protection Act of 2005. 

“As the original author of the Natasha Protection Act of 2005, Bill 138-35 is very near and dear to my heart,” the governor stated. “I want to thank Sen. Amanda Shelton for expanding its definitions to include e-cigarettes. While e-cigarettes are often branded as a cessation aid, individual choices should not endanger those in public spaces or their children." 

Genevieve Leon Guerrero Garrett, was among those who testified in favor of the bill earlier this year. Garrett's daughter is Natasha Leon Guerrero Perez, the namesake of the "Natasha Protection Act of 2005," which limits smoking in public places. The law now covers vaping with e-cigarettes. Bill 138 is now Public Law 35-47. 

Another new law that has to do with health care is Public Law 35-49, formerly Bill 187-35. The bill adopts the rules and regulations for the Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners, implementing ethical standards and codes of conduct adopted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association of State and Provincial Psychological Boards. 

The governor lauded Sen. Therese Terlaje for "working with the Allied Health Examiners Board for elevating the ethical and professional standards which govern allied health professional on Guam.”

The governor also signed Bill 80-35 into Public Law 35-46. The new law sets new renewable energy goals for the Guam Power Authority. 

And the fourth legislation, Bill 152-35, is now Public Law 35-48. The bill raised a lot of conversation at the Legislature, about two days worth of discussion during session a little over a week ago. The bill moves the Guam Film Office from the Guam Economic Development Authority to the Guam Educational Telecommunications Corporation, or KGTF.

In an earlier version, Bill 152 would have appropriated about $1 million to GETC/KGTF, which would have allowed the agency to hire additional people. GEDA wasn't given additional funding to run the film office. During session, senators removed the funding provision.

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