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Los Angeles City Council approves e-cigarette regulations banning them from most public places

By Kyle Johnson,

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved new regulations on Tuesday regarding e-cigarettes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the regulations will treat e-cigarettes much like regular cigarettes, as they are now banned from most public places in the city.

The e-cigarettes can still be used in businesses known as "vaping lounges," but it is no longer allowed in other venues. "Vaping" is the term used to describe the inhalation of vapors that e-cigarettes create.

Several lawmakers explained they had personal experiences that led to the pushing of these new regulations. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell had to breathe in smoke when he was a waiter, and Councilman Joe Buscaino said a relative uses e-cigarettes and believes it will be the death of them eventually.

Reuters reports that the sweeping regulations will be sent before L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. If he signs the bill, it will make L.A. one of the few cities to have passed bills on e-cigarettes, joining Chicago and New York. Others will likely follow.

Opposition to the regulations claim that not enough research has been done to prove that second-hand emission from vaping is harmful, like regular cigarettes.

Image: By Michael Dorausch (Flickr: Electronic Cigarette Smoking) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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