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Los Angeles Bans E-Cigarettes in Nearly All Public Places



Los Angeles became the latest city to restrict e-cigarettes after the city council unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban the devices everywhere that conventional cigarettes are prohibited.

Citing their concern over the unknown health effects of e-cigarettes, council members banned them in offices, most public parks and even locales that don’t admit anyone under 21. Just about the only place left for e-cigarette users, other than their own homes, will be e-cigarette lounges where patrons go to taste different flavors.

Testimony at the Los Angeles hearing was heated, just as it was in cities such as New York and Chicago when legislators proposed similar restrictions there. People in favor of ‘vaping,’ as e-cigarette use is known, say it is a useful alternative to regular cigarettes because there is no cancer-causing tobacco. Instead, e-cigarettes heat up cartridges of flavored nicotine juice and users inhale the resulting vapor. Read more…

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