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Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places

Published on Mar 5, 2014 6:36 AM
 
Yenisley Dieppa tries different flavors as she purchases an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on Feb 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Los Angeles is to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including work places, restaurants and bars, following a vote March 4, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Los Angeles is to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including work places, restaurants and bars, following a vote on Tuesday.

The LA City Council voted by 14-0 to outlaw their use in indoor workplaces, outdoor dining areas, parks, recreational areas, beaches, bars and nightclubs where lighting up is banned.

So called "vaping" lounges and stores will be exempted, in line with exceptions made for cigar and hookah lounges where tobacco smoking is allowed, as will using e-cigarettes for "theatrical purposes." The battery-powered devices, marketed as aids to quit smoking, allow users to inhale a nicotine-laced vapor, but experts say not enough is known about the effect of the chemicals involved, on smokers or those around them.

"Safer does not mean safe," said the LA County's public health director Dr.

 
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