2 California cities vote to ban e-cigarettes

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An e-cigarette (Wikimedia Commons Photo)

An e-cigarette (Wikimedia Commons Photo)

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes in public places and Los Angeles has moved to limit their sale to keep the devices out of the hands of minors.

The Richmond and Carlsbad city councils on Tuesday voted to prohibit the battery-powered nicotine inhalers from parks, restaurants and other places where cigarettes are banned.

City News Service says the Los Angeles council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that requires e-cigarettes to be sold the same way as tobacco products. If the mayor signs the law, e-cigarettes would join the list of products that can’t be sold on the street or from mobile vendors such as food carts

Proponents believe e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes because they don’t create tar or tobacco smoke. But critics say they still contain dangerous chemicals and could be a gateway to regular cigarettes.

More than 40 cities across California have taken steps to regulate sales or use of e-cigarettes.

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