KPCC (Guests: Kleiman, O’Farrell, Zahniser): LA City Council bans e-cigarettes just like the real thing
By KPCC – March 5, 2014
Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in Los Angeles workplaces, bars and outdoor public parks under a city ordinance passed Tuesday. The ban essentially treats e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products, although there is not evidence at present showing any harm is caused by vapors exhaled from e-cigs.
Julia Boyle enjoys an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. As the popularity of E- cigarettes continue to grow, leading U.S. tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc. the maker of Marlboro cigarettes are announcing plans to launch their own e-cigarettes as they start to pose a small but growing competitive threat to traditional smokes.
Still, some public health advocates argue e-cig manufacturers are targeting young people, which could mean the devices are a “gateway” habit leading to tobacco use. Critics of the new ordinance say this ban could deter current tobacco smokers from the using the products, thereby doing a disservice to public health.