E-Cigarettes Included in City's Smoking Ban

By Aidan Gardiner on December 20, 2013 8:12am 

 Chloe Lamb enjoys an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on Sept. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Chloe Lamb enjoys an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on Sept. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
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NEW YORK CITY — The City Council extended existing public smoking bans Thursday to include electronic cigarettes during their last legislative session of the year, reports said.

The bill, which passed by an overwhelming majority, bans the devices in bars, restaurants, parks and other public places where smoking is prohibited. The new law goes into effect in four months, the New York Times and CBS reported.

E-cigarettes, which are about the size and shape of a regular cigarette, use a battery to vaporize nicotine that users then inhale.

"Although the long-term effects of electronic cigarette devices require further study, the FDA has found that some devices contain toxins and carcinogens and has expressed concerns about their safety," the legislation reads.

Supporters of the bill also said that they were concerned about second-hand vapor and that the nicotine viles, which are often sweetened, can addict children, the Times reported.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has yet to approve the legislation, though he is expected to do so, CBS reported.

City legislators also approved a ban on the use of styrofoam unless a year-long study shows that the material can be recycled effectively, the Times reported.

Small businesses were enraged when Bloomberg first proposed the ban in February because it would force them to buy more expensive containers.

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