Fans of e-cigarettes in two of the nation’s largest cities are facing new restrictions on their use.
On Tuesday, new measures banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places go into effect in New York City and Chicago. The new laws are meant to blunt the ability of e-cigarettes to revive the appeal of smoking, the Associated Press notes.
Health advocates say that e-cigarettes could lure teenagers to consume tobacco products. They also note that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. E-cigarette advocates contend that the smoke-free devices are healthier than actual cigarettes and can help people who want to quit real cigarettes.
In New York City, e-cigarettes are now treated like the real thing. That means that e-cigarettes can no longer be smoked in any venue at which actual cigarettes are already banned. That covers most offices, restaurants, bars and beaches, according to Capital New York. The bill was signed into law by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the end of his term.
Chicago’s ban was adopted by the City Council in January. It is backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and forbids the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces. The Chicago Tribune notes that under the measure, e-cigarettes can only be sold from behind-the-counter in stores.
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